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FAQs

1. What is AQUAsatis?
AQUAsatis is a unique liquid blend of patented hygroscopic and humectant technology combined with an advanced, naturally derived, non-ionic wetting agent for improved soil penetration and performance. In combination, these technologies provide unequaled water conservation and drought stress reduction through efficient subsurface soil moisture management. In addition to reducing your overall watering requirements, AQUAsatis works to provide the proper soil moisture needed to maximize the effectiveness of most plant production and maintenance products.
2. How does AQUAsatis work?
AQUAsatis slows water loss in soils by attracting and holding moisture within soil particles. Also, as a result of reduced evaporation, the lateral movement of moisture into the vicinity of the root zone is dramatically improved.

The moisture is then held within the AQUAsatis treated soil, readily available to the root system. As water moves into the plant, through the normal process of osmosis, the AQUAsatis treatment remains in place continually seeking and managing available moisture.
3. What is AQUAsatis's main purpose?
The retention of sufficient moisture at the root level so that the plant remains healthy.
4. What are the key advantages of AQUAsatis?
  • The roots attract and hold water moisture more efficiently
  • Faster and more robust plant growth and development
  • Improved seed germination
  • Greater resistance to drought, pests and stress
  • Reduce overall watering requirements
  • Reduction in energy and labour costs
  • Enhanced nutrient & pesticide efficiency
  • Control or elimination of localized dry spots
  • Improved transplant establishment
  • Maximized crop production
  • Extended retail shelf life
  • • Economic and ecological advantages
5. Is AQUAsatis a wetting agent?
No, AQUAsatis is not a wetting agent, fertilizer, plant protection product, plant growth stimulant or a super absorbent polymer.

AQUAsatis is a liquid organic humectant compound that penetrates into soils, creating a subsurface film which acts like a "water magnet" to absorb and store moisture as microscopic droplets on plant roots and soil particle surfaces.
6. Is the action and functionality of AQUAsatis certified?
Recognized universities and crop protection companies worldwide have made written documentation of their observations, certifying and confirming both the function and efficiency of AQUAsatis.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has even certified AQUAsatis as "bio-preferred".
7. Can AQUAsatis be considered as a substitute for fertilizer?
No; AQUAsatis is not a plant food ingredient and is not a replacement for fertilizer. However, AQUAsatis's soil moisture management function has shown to improver nutrient uptake, thereby amplifying fertilizer applications.
8. How do you apply AQUAsatis?
AQUAsatis is a concentrated solution which must be diluted before applying, as it has been designed for large scale applications.

It can be applied via spray, drench, may be tank mixed or applied through injectors, fertigation systems or all commonly used irrigation systems. Each application lasts up to 3 months.

Reapply every 3 months or apply 1/3 rate monthly booster applications after the initial full rate application.

After the application, AQUAsatis needs to be watered in into the root zone.
9. When is the best time to apply AQUAsatis?
AQUAsatis can be applied anytime during a plants life cycle. However, the best time to apply AQUAsatis is before hot dry weather or drought stress conditions set in. AQUAsatis is also effective in overwintering.
10. Where can you use AQUAsatis?
AQUAsatis is effective on all types of ornamental plants, shrubs, trees and turf grass, as well as food producing agriculture. AQUAsatis is beneficial for containerized and field grown plants from seed germination or propagation to transplant establishment and throughout the growing life cycle.
11. Will AQUAsatis hold too much water after heavy rain fall?
No; AQUAsatis has little moisture holding capacity. Its function is soil moisture management and functions by converting otherwise unavailable soil humidity and making it available to plant roots.
12. Will AQUAsatis wash through the soil during heavy rainfall?
AQUAsatis may wash through the soil if heavy rainfall follows closely after application before AQUAsatis has had time to attach to plant roots. AQUAsatis is usually drawn up against the roots within the first 24 hours after application.
13. Why does AQUAsatis need to be watered in right after application
          or strongly diluted prior to application?
AQUAsatis needs to be watered in right after application so that it is driven down to and through the root zone where it can be drawn up against tiny roots. If allowed to remain on the surface or within the thatch area, AQUAsatis will attach to other organic materials i.e. plant tissue or thatch, and its migration into the root area, with subsequent waterings, will be too slow to show its full effectiveness. The plant will not be negatively affected however if AQUAsatis is not attached to the roots, it cannot perform its function of providing the plants roots with moisture.
14. Can one mix AQUAsatis with other products prior to application?
Yes, however a number of precautions need to be taken, especially if dealing with products containing phosphates and sulphates.

A jar test should be performed with all pesticides prior to application, as many contain high concentrations of phosphate.

Products which contain sulphates should not be mixed and applied in combination with AQUAsatis. If you are uncertain, then perform a simple jar test, or a controlled trial on a small area where application is planned to occur.

The chosen application should always allow for the optimal functionality of AQUAsatis. One needs to consider that the desired process needs to allow for AQUAsatis to reach the root area and perform its task of optimal water management.
15. Do temperatures below zero °C have a negative effect
          on the storage and functionality of AQUAsatis?
As with most liquids, AQUAsatis should also be stored in temperatures above 0°C.

Allowing AQUAsatis to freeze should be avoided.

If freezing does occur, AQUAsatis can still be used if after thawing and shaking, the material shows normal consistency.

Material which indicates signs of layering and sedimentation should be discarded.

Information received from some areas where AQUAsatis was applied prior to winter indicate that an application of AQUAsatis in autumn allowed for faster and healthier growth after hibernation, even in areas where AQUAsatis froze in the soil during winter.

We recommend performing a small test in order to determine whether similar results may be seen in Europe under local conditions.

We have not received any reports indicating adverse effects of AQUAsatis that has been frozen in the soil during winter.
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