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UK: New simple, high-tech tool extends manual watering intervals for ornamentals

Europlanters Ltd has launched “Root Refreshers” a hi-tech but deceptively simple product that extends manual watering intervals up to six weeks for ornamentals in tubs, troughs and hanging baskets.  Each Root Refresher is a cushion or cone made of top quality fabric which encases a mass of a patented water bonding polymer which when buried next to a plants’ roots allows diffusion of water to the surrounding area to keep plants healthy.

Based in Stockport UK, Europlanters Ltd is a manufacturer and supplier of plant containers for exterior and interior landscapers for offices, hotels, public buildings and restaurants.  Their new product is the result of extensive trials and was launched recently at the Landscape Show in London.  

For those companies and organisations involved in providing living plants, using a Root Refresher in each pot tub or trough will facilitate increased productivity by extending the normal call-back time for manual watering.  A Root Refresher holds enough water, to water, even the thirstiest plants for up to two months. 




The special hi-tech ingredient behind the Root Refresher concept is the licensing of a patented material called HappiRoot* which is produced by Smart Tech Ltd of Glasgow, UK.  Headed by Emeritus Professor of Applied Chemistry Neil B Graham who originally developed HappiRoot as a soil enhancer to help reclaim desert for food production. “The polymer has unique water bonding and prolonged water diffusion properties and is a very powerful component indeed when used in this way, water binds with the HappiRoot inside the Root Refresher and then slowly returns the water back to the surrounding area at a rate in direct proportion to the reciprocal mass of HappiRoot.”  Much of the knowledge Professor Graham used to design the HappiRoot polymer for use in horticulture was originally gained while he worked on diffusion polymers for controlled drug delivery, another area in which he holds many patents and has had worldwide commercial success.
 
The Root Refresher is available in a wide range of sizes in both rectangular – for traditional pots - and conical shapes - for hanging baskets. 

See also :

http://www.europlanters.com/index_htm_files/root%20refresher%20brochure.pdf

For more information:
Europlanters
Julie Wilkes
julie@europlanters.com
www.europlanters.com

Smart tech Ltd
Charles Martin
charles@smart-tech.co.uk
www.smart-tech.co.uk
 

Publication date: 11/8/2013

 


 

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