Water beads have grown in popularity these days. To the uninitiated, they are non-toxic, biodegradable superabsorbent polymers used extensively in the commercial horticulture industry as well as for residential gardening. They have the capacity to absorb and release up to four hundred times their weight in water. A 10 gram pack can swell and fill up 1.5 quart vase. They typically are sold in pellet or powder form, and you just have to add water to them and leave them soaked for eight hours or more. They are available in different colors and sizes. Some variants can maintain their color despite repeated use, others diminish in time. Colorless pearl variants are often preferred by those who make cut flower arrangements.
Many gardeners like to use these polymer beads because when added to soil, it can help retain nutrients and minerals closer to the roots, instead of being washed away. With the use of these polymer beads, you don’t have to water as much or as frequently. Also, nutrients and minerals are prevented from leaching into ground water because the beads also absorb and slowly release this to the root system where they are placed close to. Because of the decreased need to hydrate plants frequently, they are used extensively by gardening hobbyists who regularly go out of town for work.
There is also growing evidence to support that when water beads placed in soil, they tend to attract bacteria and microorganisms which can be beneficial to plant growth. Water gels or beads are not ideal for all plants though. They are best for philodendron, bamboo, and dragon plants, but not for cacti and succulents because the latter two does not thrive in moist soil. For more information on water beads please visit here.
Interestingly, the use of water beads extends beyond gardening. For example, they are extensively used for decorations for the home, or as centerpieces during events. Many homeowners pour colorful beads into tall vases, or use clear ones for floral arrangements. Others put them in small bowls with submergible LED lights to function as a centerpiece. Another way to use these beads is to put a candle with a glass holder inside a bigger class container, and then filling the space with beads that have been soaked in water-based scents. The heat from the candle will be enough to release the scent from those beads. Because they hold water, they can also minimize the risk of fire associated with candles.
If you want to use them in your garden, or for your event decorating business, you can buy them from water beads wholesale and retail stores both online and offline. Be sure to compare more than one water beads wholesale or retail vendor because prices can vary considerably.