Welcome to... SOIL POLYMERS So . . . what about those new soil polymers?
Dry Polymers and Hydrated Polymers
The left images shows how large the polymers grow in rain water. The center photo shows roots growing through the hydrated polymers. The right photo shows the dry polymers above the ruler and how large they get after soaking in rain water!
What are Soil Polymers?
Soil Polymers are tiny granules that absorb water and can be mixed with soil. The granules hold 400 times their weight in water. The captured water polymer "reservoirs" placed at the ROOTS can reduce watering 30-50%! The polymers retain water that would normally drain from the soil, therefore the plant still has moisture when the soil dries. The plant roots grow through the polymers drawing water and fertilizer from them. Polymers release up to 95% of absorbed water through the plant roots. The polymer granules shrink as the plant’s absorption and atmospheric evaporation extract water. Polymers will expand and contract through thousands of shrink swell cycles.
In the photo: 1/4 teaspoon of polymers absorbed a margarita glass of rain water. Just one tablespoon of dry polymers hydrated a gallon of rain water and over-filled the colander.