Review of Watersorb by Trish: love water gels

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Name: tarev
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tarev
May 17, 2012 9:42 AM CST
I have been using them a lot, though the ones I get are in bead form, in little packets, and they really last long and comes in different fanciful colors too: blue, white, red,orange etc, so they are pretty nice when put in glass containers. My Dracaena sanderiana, golden pothos and amaryllis survives using the water gels, though I add hydroton rocks for a measure of support and for more aeration to some of them. I hydrate them well before I use it. Just be careful if you are handling them if you are by the sink, the gel might fall into your drain and clog it. Big Grin And if they happen to start getting smaller, just add water to plump it up in time.

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With a noid amaryllis
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Name: woofie
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woofie
May 17, 2012 11:52 AM CST
Love your avatar picture, tarev! If you check out the watersorb site, they tell how to color your own crystals. I'm going to be trying something similar from our local hardware store (DH is off getting it right now!), but the price from Watersorb looks like a better deal ($19.95 for 2 lbs vs $14.99 for 1 lb here locally!)
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 17, 2012 11:58 AM CST
floraSeeker_OR made a believer out of me, several years ago, when he brought me a hanging basket of fuchsia. I told him I couldn't keep them alive. He explained about the water crystals. Hurray!
I haven't lost a water loving plant in containers, with water crystals, since. Thumbs up
Name: woofie
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woofie
May 17, 2012 12:18 PM CST
I have a few shallow containers that are very difficult to keep watered. Can't wait to try these in them!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
May 17, 2012 12:29 PM CST
Thanks woofie Big Grin I usually get these beads from Daiso store in the Bay area, a dollar a packet, more than enough for my needs. I just keep a stash with me just in case I need them. I like these ones just because the beads that they form are bigger and rounder than the other water gel beads I have seen elsewhere. A packet can easily fill a basin full..so I only get a few of them Big Grin Though I have seen packets being sold at Michaels and Walmart, but the gel beads are much smaller once hydrated.

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Name: Trish
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Trish
May 17, 2012 12:34 PM CST

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This is true...I haven't needed/wanted any for decorative purposes.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
May 17, 2012 1:42 PM CST
They certainly are pretty! Hey, could you use those things in cut flower arrangements? But what would keep them from getting all green and nasty?
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
May 17, 2012 2:11 PM CST
Sure you can use them for cut flowers. It does not smell nasty, but it will go green in time, but by then your cut flowers will have wilted already, so you can just wash it or let the gels dry up and re-use next time.

Usually for my cut flowers, I would give them water with some Sprite or 7-up, they love it better Big Grin

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