Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Water Dots

Do you add anything to your container plant soil to help it conserve moisture? I've tried the absorbent material inside diapers, polymer crystals, and for the last few years placing an old sponge in the bottom of the pot.
This year at our annual garden writers meeting I received a bag of odd looking little squares called WaterDots.

The material feels like felt and before using, you soak them in water for a minimum of 3 minutes. Liquid fertilizer can be added to the water at this time. Above is the whole bag soaking in my garden trugg for use. They won't break down and can be used for indoor, or outdoor plants and reused continuously. 
WaterDots hold 10 times their weight in water and I have put them to work in my outdoor container plants. 
In a hanging basket I constructed, WaterDots were placed across the potting mix, more soil added and then the plants. I chose not to add a liquid fertilizer as I use a granular that is mixed with water.
I have to admit, half the battle with container plants is using the proper soil (not heavy soil from the garden) and the ones sold specifically for this purpose work very well. 
After I watered all my containers, they did not need any more moisture until the 6th day which is pretty good.  Mind you, it's not the heart of summer yet with high temperatures which will really tell how well this product works. Judging by what I've seen so far, WaterDots are going to extend the normal time between waterings by a good couple of days or more.
I love it when I'm given something new to play with in the garden and if you want to try WaterDots yourself, they can be ordered on-line at WaterDots Watering System.

23 comments:

  1. I would never ever add anything to my soil that did not break down completely!!!! All these polymer based additives spoil our Earth forever after. Non wetting soils can be improved by adding one third natural compost. If you have problems keeping pots moist, water from below by putting them in a 1" deep saucer and cover the top by 3" of mushroom compost. Not only will your plants be happier but also your great-grandchildren.

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  2. Very interesting - let me know how things go with this - never heard of anything like it.

    You are an expert gardener and I value your every opinion,. Judith.

    Thanks for the heads up!! ; - )

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  3. My dad puts stones at the bottom of the pot, because they keep moisture. It's a simply trick and it really works well for us.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  4. In our dry climate, wafer dots might be a life save for my hanging baskets that I will make up this week end. Can they be reused? I didn't get to post on your fairy garden. It looks quite enchanted.

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  5. Hadn't heard of these, but I'll be anxious to hear how you like them... You'll have to let us know in the dead of summer how well they are working.

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  6. I'll be interested to hear what you think of them by summer's end. They sound like a great idea!

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  7. I've never heard of water dots. Maybe I'll have to look into that! I sure do learn a lot by visiting your blog!!

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  8. Now isn't that just the nifty little thing, I've never heard of water dots but i'll look for them this year in the garden centre. If you don't have to water as often it might also take care of a mildew problem, thanks for the info

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  9. I've not heard of water dots, Judith. We have used the miracle grow potting soil that has an additive to help with moisture in the past. Also, we have hanging pots and a window box planter that are self-watering - they have a reservoir that holds additional water which is absorbed into the soil as needed. I really like those.
    Hugs, Beth

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  10. Clever, Judith. Thanks for sharing..

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  11. Anything that extends watering time is a blessing! (Other than constant rain.)

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  12. I will be putting these on my shopping list. That is one of my biggest concerns during the summer & fall when I need to be gone. Watering those hanging plants on the porch usually requires soaking every morning and if I'm gone for more than 2 or 3 days I know I'll return home to dried out dead plants. thanks !

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  13. Container soil does tend to be a problem I will admit. I still fool with it.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  14. I've used pebbles that will hold moisture [when we lived in drier areas of the U. S. ---it worked]

    I'm sure this will. And, above all, it was a freebie...can't beat that.

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  15. Interesting...thanks for sharing your new find!...:)JP

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  16. These sound fabulous! I have not seen them. I have tried a lot of various things as my plants are potted in my garden (tomatoes, peppers, and large container gardens of herbs). I haven't made my beds yet, I will look for these. I have tried the glass bulbs but they don't work well for me, look lovely, but still dry out. I do water them daily in the summer as it is hot here. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. As all I do is container gardening, I have a lot of pots to water every day. I can imagine these would be helpful, esp if I'm going to be gone for a couple days. thanks Judith!

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  18. Very interested to hear how this works! I actually don't do much container gardening, just because of the amount of water they take. Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  19. What a great tip. I will be checking them out for myself. Living in Arizona requires much watering and if I miss a day, oh my, the plants pay a price.

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  20. What a great idea for planters that dry out quickly.

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  21. Wow I will have to check these out

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  22. Sounds like a great new product -- thanks for the review!

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  23. Terrific idea! I wouldn't have known about water dots without your blog, and I sure could use something that works to retain the water in my potted plants. Thank you! -Vickie

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