Moisture Crystals and Water-Loving Plants in Ground

Posted by @eclayne on
I don't have any boggy areas in my garden for water hogs like Canna and Colocasia. To reduce watering frequency, work in 2-3 times the recommended dose (5 gal. container) of dry moisture crystals.

After reading a scientific study noting that some types of crystals are fragile and will shatter, especially when hydrated, I decided to try a new technique this year. I opted to work them dry into the soil, along with a heavy application of 10-10-10 time release fertilizer. I did this under the planting zone with the rhizome, tuber or corm laid on top. The balance of the planting hole was filled with a soil compost mix then topped with compost or mulch to keep evaporation down. These are the results after a 4 to 4 1/2 month growing season.

Canna 'City of Portland' grew to over 8 feet as did Colocasia gigantea 'Thailand Giant Strain' in background.
Thumb of 2012-10-18/eclayne/c47c5e

Canna Tropicanna in ground and potted (received recommended dose of dry crystals).
Thumb of 2012-10-18/eclayne/9623f1

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Great Idea by gardenersdetective Oct 31, 2012 12:45 PM 12

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