Water Gel for Plants

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Plant gel is a biodegradable, non-toxic absorbent crystal alternative soil for potting plants. It actually absorbs approximately 400 times its weight in water and is effective for about five to seven years. Releasing minerals and vitamins directly to the root system, the water gel is used instead of soil for potted house plants.

Uses and Benefits

Use water gel on trees and shrubs as an aid when transplanting seedlings. Place larger water gel crystals in the soil when planting shrubs and trees to maintain a longer lasting water source while the new plant settles. The water gel also improves the condition of the soil by contracting and expanding keeping the soil looser and allowing the plant to breathe. The need to water your plant is reduced when using water gel crystals because of their absorbability. The sprouting of seeds is easier and actually faster with the use of water gel crystals. Also due to their absorbability, the release of nutrients and fertiliser is more effective for the plant.

Other Benefits

Although the primary use of water gel crystals is in commercial nurseries, private use has increased, according to Crystals US. The longevity of water gel crystals is more than 5 years. Statistics according to Seedman show that over 90 per cent of plant food, when administered through water gel, is absorbed directly through the plant's root system. Use alone or mixed with potting soil, water gel enhances the health of your plants.


Water gel crystals meet the OSHA criteria standard for non-hazardous materials, according to Crystals US. However, handling it safely is still a good practice. Wash your hands after handling the water gel crystals. Because use of water gel crystals is a broad spectrum involving agricultural, gardening and in-home applications store unused portions safely. This involves keeping it out of reach of children, livestock, food and pets.

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