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Flora Gel Frequently Asked Questions

What is Flora Gel?

  • Flora Gel is a water absorbent polymer that can absorb & retain large quantities of water.

What makes Flora Gel different from other water crystals on the market?

  • Other water crystals on the market are standard garden variety of water absorbent crystals. They have been manufactured for the agriculture industry to be put into the soil & work as a water retainer in the ground.
  • Flora Gels chemical make up has been slightly altered to give a much cleaner crystal.
  • It has been specifically designed for the cut flower industry to help preserve the life of cut flowers in displays and in transporting.
  • Flora Gel is larger than your average water crystals available on the market.

What can I use Flora Gel for?

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  • Use Flora Gel to create stunning and eye catching displays.
  • Vase and glassware displays.
  • Floral arrangements for weddings, parties, functions and events.
  • Oil burners.
  • Beautiful centre pieces.
  • Floating candles.
  • Novelty displays for movies, films, advertising & exhibitions.
  • Parties for jelly wrestling.
  • Hot & cold packs.
  • Cool ties & cool pet beds.
  • Transporting flowers.
  • Growing plants in them.
  • Special effects in theatres, photo shoots & advertising.

How do you make up Flora Gel?

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  • 2 Teaspoons of flora gel dry crystals added to 1 litre of water.
  • Allow for 12-24 hours for Flora Gel to fully hydrate and drain any excess water.
  • 2 teaspoons of Flora Gel will make approx 1ltr of hydrated gel.
  • You can work out how much product is needed by using our online Flora Gel Polymer Calculator.

How do you look after Flora Gel?

When used for cut flowers:

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  • Once flowers have finished flowering, dispose of flowers and empty hydrated Flora Gel into a colander or sieve.
    Rinse under running water to was of any contaminants that have been left behind by the flower.
  • Gels can be soaked in water over night or put back into the vase ready for use again.
  • When using Flora Gel for cut flowers they will start to get a smell that can not be washed away, dispose into any garden or pot plant.

When used for oil burners:

  • As crystals burn in an oil burner the water starts to evaporate from the gels and the gels will start to shrink.
  • Water can be added to rehydrate the crystals to use again.
  • Store away in an air tight container until you are ready to use again.

When used for centrepieces & displays:

  • Hydrated gels may get dusty & start to shrink.
  • Wash them under running water in a colander or sieve & allow to stand in water to rehydrate them.
  • Drain any excess water off & reuse gels.
  • Please refer to our How To page for more information about the various unique uses of Flora Gel.

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How do I store Flora Gel?

  • Storage recommended for dry crystals & hydrated gels is in an air tight container.

How do I get coloured Flora Gel?

  • Few drops of food colouring can be added to the water and the crystal will absorb the coloured water.
  • You will get a much deeper and stronger colour in your gels by using this method.
  • Few drops of food colouring can be added to the hydrated gels to coat gels in colour.
  • Using this method you will get a lighter & softer coloured gel.

How long will Flora Gel last for?

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  • Flora gel is UV sensitive so in direct sunlight its life span is reduced.
  • Using Flora Gel in vases and glassware for cut flowers, floating candles & oil burners.
  • Flora Gel can last between 2 -8 months, maybe longer if kept clean & looked after.
  • Once you have finished with Flora Gel, dispose it into any garden, Flora Gel can continue to work as a water saver for several years.

How do I dispose of unwanted gels?

  • Flora Gel does not bio accumulate & should never be dumped into a land fill when finished with.
  • Disposal is made easy by digging unwanted gels into any garden or pot plant soil.
  • Because Flora Gel is an absorbent polymer it makes an excellent water saver & soil conditioner for your plants.
  • It will continue to absorb & release water to your plants and will break down over several years.
  • Flora Gel is safe, biodegradable and non toxic.

What are the benefits of using Flora Gel?

When used in cut flowers:

  • There is no free water available for bacteria to grow, no need to change the water every 3 or 4 days.
  • Gels are rinsed after flowers have been disposed of & are ready to be used again.
  • Flowers are easy to stand & arrange in the gels & will not move.
  • Flora Gel has been specifically designed to help preserve & extend the life of your cut flowers, thus allowing you to enjoy your flowers longer.

When used in oil burners, floating candles & centrepieces:

  • Safer & easier to use instead of water and oils.
  • Clean up is easy, no water spilt.

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When used for growing plants in:

  • Flora Gel will also absorb liquid fertilizer, nutrients & plant food as well as water.
  • Your plants will draw from these nutrients as they need it.

Will Flora Gel stain or smell?

  • Flora Gel hydrated in clean water has no smell or taste and will not stain.
  • Fully hydrated, Flora Gel is 99% water.
  • Flora Gel that has been used for cut flowers will start to smell if gels have not been looked after and kept clean, as loose water breeds bacterial.
  • Flora Gel that has been coloured with food colouring or coated with oils may smell.

What if my child or dog eats it?

  • Flora Gel is similar to what is found in babies nappies and no harm should occur if swallowed in gel form by humans or animals.
    The acids within the stomach will start to break down the gels and the water is released into the stomach and crystals are passed through.
  • Flora Gel is safe to handle, non toxic & biodegradable.

Will Flora Gel absorb all liquids?

  • Flora Gel will absorb most liquids, not oils.
  • Using distilled water or rain water to hydrate Flora Gel will result in larger gels.

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