Hydretain Granular OC



Improper watering practice – both under and over watering – is one of the biggest challenges in keeping new plants healthy. By managing soil moisture, Hydretain provides numerous benefits to improve plant survival. Once applied and watered into the root zone, Hydretain functions to condense soil moisture back into plant usable water droplets. For under-waterers or in water restricted environments, Hydretain is used to increase watering efficiency and allow plants to thrive twice as long between watering cycles. For over-waterers, Hydretain may be used to provide the comfort to cut back to healthy watering frequencies. Hydretain does not swell up and store moisture like water absorbing polymers. It will not create conditions that lead to fungus or root rot.

Hydretain has the unique ability to attract water molecules, create droplets, and then release those droplets to plant roots, helping them to absorb more moisture and nutrients to stay healthy. One end of the Hydretain molecule anchors itself to soil particles and root hairs, coating their surface. The other end is available to grab free water molecules from humid air circulating in the soil. Once Hydretain has grabbed enough water molecules to create a droplet, the plant’s root are able to absorb the droplet through osmosis preventing it from being lost to evaporation or gravity.

Hydretain Granular OC puts the power of Hydretain on an organic compost carrier for easy application. Incorporate at planting or apply topically and water-in. Each 3 lb. bag treats up to 300 sq. ft. of gardens or 1,000 sq. ft. of lawn.

  • Reduce Transplant Shock
  • Improve Establishment
  • Increase Seed Germination
  • Speed Grow-In
  • Minimize Replacement Costs

Application Instructions: Hydretain ES Plus will help plants survive periods of low moisture by capturing and converting free water molecules into micro droplets of water and making them available to plant roots. Application prior to plant stress is recommended for optimum plant protection; however, Hydretain ES Plus can be used any time during the plants’ life cycle. Applications performed at the time of planting, seeding, sodding or transplanting will also improve plant establishment.

For Best Results: Irrigation immediately after application is recommended, however, within 3-5 days is acceptable. When watering in, it is imperative to irrigate thoroughly, allowing Hydretain ES Plus to completely penetrate and saturate the root zone.This product will not become functional until it is properly watered in. To prevent mower pick-up, delay mowing until product has been watered in by irrigation or rainfall. Water thoroughly when re-watering Hydretain ES Plus treated plants. For continued effectiveness, reapply every three months or every six weeks at a 1/2rate (after the initial full rate application). Additional applications may be required as the necessity for more frequent irrigation increases. Reapply Hydretain ES Plus Granular OC if reduction in watering is not apparent within the first two weeks. A proper fertilization program will enhance the activity of Hydretain ES Plus.

See below for application quantities per tree size:

1 tablespoon per Tree band size

2 tablespoons per 1-gallon size

6 tablespoons per 3-gallon size

Must be watered in at least 3 times to activate.

Store this product where it will not be exposed to sun or freezing temperatures.

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