Frequently Asked Questions
What is Crystal Soil?
Crystal Soil is just what the name implies. You can use it in place of soil for your houseplants and in place of water for your cut flowers. Crystal Soil gives florists a medium to arrange the flowers without the drooping look, at home so you can have the florist look but not the florist price. Crystal Soil can also be used as a novelty/home decor product.
What's the difference between Crystal Soil™ and other types?
Crystal Soil™ is a trademarked quality product; it expands lot bigger and also lasts longer compared to other brands available because of the unique formula and manufacturing process. Crystal Soil™ is safe to grow plants as it is certified non toxic. The packets are 10g compared to others in the market are normally 3g, 5g and 8g.
How many sizes of crystal soil are there?
There are two sizes of crystal soil
How much would a pack of crystal soil make?
Each 10g packet would soak to around 1.65lts in volume, smaller crystals sit more compact in a vase and larger ones seem to go further even thought you get the same 10g per packet. The packets are 10g compared to others in the market are normally 3g, 5g and 8g.
What kind of water is best used with Crystal Soil?
Australian Tap water is fine for crystal soil. The "more pure" the water, the larger the crystal will grow. Boil your water and add to crystals. The warm water will make your crystals form faster.
How much water should I use with Crystal Soil?
For 10 gram pearl crystals used one litre of water once absorbed follow by another litre of water.
How long do I let the crystals sit in the water?
6-8 hours overnight is often recommended.
Why do plants live in Crystal Soil?
All plants need to grow is water, air and nutrients. Crystal Soil provides the water and basic air & nutrients to plant so your plant will thrive! For vigorous growth add a little plant food liquid to the water when hydrating the crystals.
What about mould and mildew?
Crystal Soil eliminates mould and mildew. Since the water remains in the crystals until plants need it! In this way, there is no chance for mould, mildew or even root rot to develop.
What plants will work best with Crystal Soil?
The most commonly grown house plants used are: Spider plants, Dumb Cane, Algerian Ivy, Cordatum, Heart Leaf Philodendron, Marble Queen, Gold Dust Ivy, Gold Dust Pothos, Peace Lily, Caladiums, Dragon Plants, Bromeliads, White Butterfly, Gold Dust Dracaena, Devil Ivy, Red Veined Prayer, Chinese Evergreen, Sander's Dracaena, Arrow Head Vine, Nephythis, Peperonia, Ferns, Ti Plants and Palms. Plants such as cacti, succulents or orchids are not recommended.
Can I add my own colour to the crystals?
Yes you can, just purchase clear and add any food colouring of your choice, our customers do this sometimes because they don't know what colour they want when they purchase.
How can I clean my crystals when they get cloudy?
If your polymer crystals become discolored or cloudy, simply empty into a colander or strainer and thoroughly rinse with water then drain before re-using.
Will Crystal Soil hurt my family or pets if they eat it?
No. It is 100% non-toxic and biodegradable. It is odorless and tasteless so does not attract pets.
What is polymer?
Polyacrylamide was developed in the 60's to grow plants in the desert and has been refined to last longer and absorb water at higher rates. Scientifically it is a catalytically cracked natural gas and an acrylic solution.
Can I place candles into the crystal Soil?
Water crystals work great with candles as they are non flammable it is safe and looks stunning.
How do I dispose of unwanted crystals?
To dispose of unwanted crystals Soil, simply pour the crystals into flowerbeds, gardens or mix into soil. The crystals are great additive for potting and garden soils. Crystal soil is a non-toxic polymer substance that will not harm plants, grass or soil.
What should I do if the Crystal Soil shrink and reduce in vase after 2-3 months?
Pour the crystals into water & let it hydrate again for 2-3 hours, drain off the excess water before re-use.
Is it safe for kids to use?
Crystal Soil is a polymer gel (cationic polyacrylamide) and is non-toxic, ecologically neutral; it breaks down after its useful working life to water, carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen. Although non-toxic it should never be consumed or taken internally in either its dry form or its expanded forms. Children should be supervised.
What's Crystal Soil used for?
For indoor planting and decoration. Perfect for candles, silks, cut flowers, centerpieces & more!
How long will the crystals last?
Length of life for decorative purposes (because of exposure to light) is approximately 1-2 years. If mixed in soil, it serves for about 7-9 years as a source for moisture retention.