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Hydrogel instead of...

Posted by martin_w 6 (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 5, 14 at 14:23

Hi there

I have been reading all about Al's mixes and would like to mix something up for my plants-5:1:1. But I was wondering can I use superabsorbent instead of peat? I doubt peat could save up enough moisture during our hot summer days and I am not able to water my plants during the day cos I work from morning till evening. Peat I don't like to use anyway.
I've also noticed people are not happy with coir in the mix.
What do you think...?

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RE: Hydrogel instead of...

I live 100 miles from the hottest place on planet earth and the peat inclusion allows me to go 2-4 days in summer without watering my established 5-1-1 pots. I don't know what Hydrogel is, but peat is cheap and effective when used in the right proportion. I hate Peat Pudding mixes, but I don't mind at all the small amt of peat used to make 5-1-1.

RE: Hydrogel instead of...

Some believe that hydrogel has some possible harmful chemicals. But so does almost everything we use. I would use some in the mix, but not so much as to replace peat. Also I have not heard coir is bad, I myself rather like it.
Also coconut husk chips are decent too! Coir is getting cheaper and cheaper too. Also it lasts longer than peat, so cost needs to be figured into that too. . I love peat too. In my alkaline world a little acid helps a lot!

RE: Hydrogel instead of...

Thanx guys!
Coir here in Germany is available everywhere and is much cheaper than peat. I think I'll go coco then! And I have found pine bark 4-8 mm size.
Even if hydrogel contains harmful stuff I ain't gonna eat my fuchsias or other shrubs. People look for bad things in wrong places. They should look what's inside of the food they buy every day.
And also we cannot use perlite in organic farming here, I really don't know why..

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