Traditionally, super-absorbent polymers have been used most as a bare root treatment, with the majority of focus being in forestry and landscaping businesses. Of course, as a bare root treatment, superabsorbent polymers are an ideal defense against desiccation, as well as being a proactive measure to ensure the health of tree and plant roots.
Ask us here at Horticultural Alliance about Horta-Sorb®
, our flagship superabsorbent polymer brand. Below you'll find a wide range of applications. SUPERABSORBENT POLYMERS AND NURSERY AND GREENHOUSE AMENDMENT APPLICATIONS
Another prominent usage of superabsorbent polymers is as a soil amendment among greenhouse and nursery growers. The different forms include: Flower Beds And Superabsorbent Polymers Broadcast Horta-Sorb® MD
at the rate of 1 lb. per 100 sq. ft. and work into the earth 4-6 inches deep. Plant as usual. Turf And Superabsorbent Polymers Soil Amendment:
Broadcast Horta-Sorb® MD at the rate of 3 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. With sprigging and seeding, work into the first 1" of soil with a till or by chain drag dressing at this rate for every 2 inches of soil depth, i.e., you could apply 3X the normal rate so long as the 9 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. was incorporated in six inches. With sod, simply lay sod on top of treated area without the need for tilling at the 3 lb. per 1,000 sq. ft. rate. Greenhouse/Nursery And Superabsorbent Polymers
Potting mix amendment:
Mix Horta-Sorb® LG or MD (depending on the size of the container - any questions, give us a call) with potting mix at the rate of 2 pounds per cubic yard. This rate is an average. For highly drained mixes, or mixes that you want to hold even more water in use a higher rate, i.e., 3 pounds, etc.Bare root treatment:
Dipping Roots - Mix Horta-Sorb® SM at the rate of 1 lb. per 30 to 35 gallons of water to form a root dip* the consistency of a heavy gravy. Adjust application rate to achieve this consistency.Spraying Roots:
Remove screens in equipment. Prepare mixture the same as Dipping Roots. Interior Plants And Superabsorbent Polymers Containered plants:
The best way to use Horta-Sorb® with containered plants is to add the Horta-Sorb® MD or LG (depending on size of container) at the time of potting up the plants at the rate of 2 pounds per cubic yard of mix.If the plants are already in containers then you must get the gel crystals into the ground with the use of a pencil, or similar object.Potted plants:
Poke one hole for each inch of pot diameter with a pencil, or similar object. Use the following application rates and evenly distribute into all the holes this amount of Horta-Sorb® LG.
As you can see, Horta-Sorb® superabsorbent polymers are now used in a wide range of applications. And this is just the beginning! What is the Most Accepted Use of a Superabsorbent Polymer? Contact: Horticultural Alliance
with any questions you might have.
James J. Quinn
CEOHorticultural Alliance, Inc. www.horticulturalalliance.com