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Drought Conditions in San Diego, California

Posted by The Plastic Sheeting Gurus! on Tue, Jun 07, 2016 @ 02:34

How Dry I Am...Drought Hits Hard

June 2016:  It's no secret that while other parts of the country are currently getting hammered with excess rain, sunny San Diego has just the opposite problem.  San Diego is in a severe drought!  For the past 5 years California has been experiencing extreme dryness.  The statewide water supply has been significant challenged.  Water conservation remains important  for San Diego.  In May 2015, the State water Resource Control Board issued emergency statewide regulation that set water-use reduction targets for local water agencies.  The initial state mandates required water reduction of 12 to 36 percent compared to 2013 water-use levels, with a regional aggregate conservation target of 20 percent.

Saving Water During drought Conditions

What can be done to conserve water?  One solution is to add a product called STOCKOSORB®/ Terra Moist to the soil.  STOCKOSORB®/ Terra Moist increases the utilizable water holding capacity of soils and potting mixtures by decreasing the water and nutrient losses due to leaching, 
evaporation and surface runoff. In the growing media STOCKOSORB®/ Terra Moist hydrates and stores water, as well as the plant nutrients dissolved in the water. Thus 
STOCKOSORB®/ Terra Moist acts as a water reservoir providing moisture to the roots by 
direct uptake and through extended osmotic release. Therefore, the soil moisture potential is maximized for a longer period.

Below is a picture of Terra Moist before it is hydrated.  After water is added, look how large the granules become after they absorb water. Plants will draw water from this product, thereby reducing how often one needs to water.  Bottom line is ...Saving precious water.

To learn more about Terra Moist, click here. This product is nothing short of a miracle!



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Stockosorb 660 By Evonik- Relief for Drought Conditions

Posted by Team SolaWrap and the Green Thumbs. on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 @ 02:53


The product that we are featuring today is the Stockosorb 660 comes in a dry format. It is available in the retail packs (Terra Moist) in 1,5, and 15 pound bags. On the commercial side we can give it to you in a super sack which is 150 pounds or 55 pound bags for your convenience. What it does is it hydrates and hold nutrition for your plants. So in traditional farming when you water, the water will trickle through the soil and go past the roots and disappear. What Stockosorb 660 will do is it will hold the water in little pocket cells so the roots of your plants can seek them out and tap in to them. What that does is a couple of things. It will reduce stress on your plants when you have a problem with water supply. Second, you will always have a water supply so even the hair roots will continue to be able to draw water, and not just die off when the water supply disappears. Also in California where we have drought situations, it can reduce your watering requirement to up to 50%.

You may be wondering if it is safe. When it breaks down to its natural components (this product is not applied topically- it has to be mixed into the soil) It will break down into potassium oxide, carbon dioxide, and water at the end of its life. It actually helps your plants. Unlike other products in the market, like for example diapers- don't use that product. What that is designed to do is to soak up liquids or hydrate and not release the liquid. It is the compete opposite of Stockosorb 660. Stockosorb 660/ Terra Moist will hydrate and time release the water as your plants need it.

The application is very simple depending on the crop. You may call us and tell us if you are open field, greenhouse, growing in pots, or have somewhat of a hydro systems- just tell us your situation confidentially and we will help you design the proper usage of Terra Moist/ Stockosorb 660 for your particular grow.

Basically you take water and hydrate the Terra Moist, and let it grow. That was a bit much for the sake of the video we want to show you how it works. As you can see it is already starting to grow. What you will see in the market are all types of hydrogels. The difference is- what it breaks down to, and how fast it hydrates.
Our product hydrates at a much slower rate because the structure is there. The more structure, the slower it will hydrate. Because of that it has a longer lifespan. Those super hydrogel that have less structure hydrate incredibly fast they also break down incredibly fast. We found in our studies, depending on your growing style, the amount of water and the conditions, you are looking at 3 to 5 years
per application- open field or greenhouse. Another nice note is, if you add it to your soil mix, and you have a situation where you don't have water, your plants aren't going to die off.

Evonik Stockosorb 660 / Terra Moist will save you on water, nutrition, and we will give you a better plant. If you would like a sample, email us at or talk to one of our distributors. We are available for any questions that you might have. Thank you. 855 SOLA USA Please view part 2. It shows you the product after it has absorbed water. You will learn more about this incredible water saving solution.





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The California Drought-Evonik's Hydrogel to the Rescue?

Posted by Team SolaWrap and the Green Thumbs. on Wed, May 06, 2015 @ 08:43

The California Drought- What can growers do? 

It's no secret that California is facing a severe drought. What can the horticulture community do to save water to save their crops during this California drought or in any arid climate? One solution would be to add Evonik's hydrogel/super absorbent polymer called Stockosorb 660 to the soil and planting medium to save water!   

What is a hydrogel? 


hydrogel is a water-absorbing polymer, that is classified as a hydrogel when cross-linked, absorb aqueous solutions through hydrogen bonding with water molecules. These hydrogels are also referred to as Superabsorbent Polymers or  SAP's. A SAP's ability to absorb water is a factor of the ionic concentration of the aqueous solution. In deionized and distilled water a SAP may absorb 500 times its weight (from 30 to 60 times its own volume) and can become up to 99.9% liquid. 
Evonik Stockosorb 660 is an advanced hydrogel technology that allows the soil to increase its capacity to hold/ retain water. By using Stockosorb 660, you can increase the number of days between waterings while the soil retains the water for the plants to flourish.  The basis of Stockosorb 660 is a crosslinked polyacrylic acid homopolymer partially potassium neutralized. 


Who is using Evonik Stockosorb 660? 
All sorts of entities have discovered Stockosorb 660 hydrogel technology for saving water, and extending the moisture in the soil or medium. 
Here is a list of places where you will find this amazing product:

  • Commercial horticulture
  • Nurseries and production plants
  • Landscaping and reforestation
  • Sod and seeding of grass
  • Plant transportation and storage
  • Inner-city ornamentals and barriers
  • Interior scapes
  • Soil

Isn't it time you consider a solution for your plants? Please fill out the form below if you would like more information. 

Jump on the Evonik Stockosorb 660 Hydorgel Technology Life Raft! 



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