What is the Most Accepted Use of Super-Absorbent Polymers?

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 Super Absorbent Polymers | GELS

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, super-absorbent 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 super absorbent polymer brand.



Flower Beds | Super-Absorbent 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  | 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 with 9 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft., 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 | Superabsorbent Polymers

Containerized: The best way to use Horta-Sorb® with containerized 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 mix with the use of a pencil, or similar object and seal mix.
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
CEO Horticultural Alliance, Inc.
Email- jamesq@horticulturalalliance.com
Horticultural Alliance, Inc.

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