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Diapers for Potted Plants

Before planting your hanging baskets, window boxes, or tomato plants go and buy cheap pack of diapers, open one up, and place in the bottom of the container.

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I use two, side by side, in hanging baskets. Put them plastic side down. This will absorb the water that is placed in the basket or containers and keep the soil moist ensuring that the roots are always moist

By carole from Hampton, VA

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May 3, 20110 found this helpful
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There is a thing called vermiculite that I mix with soils, that hold water really well, but the diaper is a good idea, too. I think I'll use both for plants that don't like to b dry.

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October 4, 20180 found this helpful

Would you use the higly cancerogen asbestos taking the risk to breath it ? No ? Then do not use Vermiculite, because in the mines where Vermiculite is extracted there is also Asbestos. Only one place of extraction of Vermiculite is supposed to provide pure vermiculite, but it is not possible for you as a customer to be sure that the Vermiculite you buy is pure.

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Do not take this risk, opposite to cement dust which damages the lungs on the long term use, only one particule of Asbestos inhaled is enough to be the cause of the lung cancer. Check this on the net and do not take the risk. Just do not use vermiculite

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October 4, 20180 found this helpful

Here is a comment I found on an article titled "Is Vermiculite Dangerous?" that discusses that concern:

"The horticultural vermiculite on sale now is not thought to pose a health risk but to give a potted history to some of the information that you find on the internet...

The vermiculite/asbestos connection comes from a public health emergency caused by a vermiculite mine at Libby, Montana. The public health emergency is well documented in both US Environmental Protection Agency documents and in medical literature. Being a natural product, vermiculite can contain lots of different minerals and other substances and the composition varies between different deposits.

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This particular mine was found to have high levels of amphibole (a type of asbestos) contamination. The mine closed down in 1990 before the contamination was identified. The vermiculite from this mine was largely used for insulation so is still present in many buildings.

There doesn't seem to be any need to be concerned with the vermiculite that gardeners use but with any dusty product, it's never going to be a good idea to shake the bag and breath it in."

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April 1, 20130 found this helpful

What a good idea. One I will try.

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