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Old 05-05-2015, 04:59 PM
 
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Folks, keep in mind there are two topics here:

1. Use the filler from a diaper as a water grabber for a plant. This would be from a clean, unused diaper.
The "filler" can be purchased in stores or online. No need to buy diapers. Google "water retention polymers."
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Old 05-05-2015, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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The "filler" can be purchased in stores or online. No need to buy diapers. Google "water retention polymers."
I know. See post # 5.
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:12 PM
 
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Default Vermiculite and Perlite

I was thinking: Vermiculite and Pearlite, aren't they about the same as Sodium Poyacrylate and Miracle-Gro water storing crystals?
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I was thinking: Vermiculite and Pearlite, aren't they about the same as Sodium Poyacrylate and Miracle-Gro water storing crystals?
The water storing crystals hold a lot more water.

Cute video on vermiculite vs perlite. Watch part 2, also. Love the accent!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPjqo6Ad1Gw
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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When I was getting my horticulture and design degree at Oklahoma State university in 1978 I learned that both perlite and vermiculite were used to make soil lighter and to enhance drainage. Nothing was said about holding water but it is pretty obvious that indeed it does. We always made our own potting soil and we used both along with peat moss and some garden soil. I always keep both on hand- I guess more out of habit than anything else. Even when i buy prepared potting soil like miracle gro I add a hand full of vermiculite to make lighter soil. I haven't used either product for veggies in the soil but I think I will as I still have some veggies to plant.
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