How To Make & Use Water Beads
To make water beads, add 10 cups of cold water to a large container. Empty the entire packet into the water and allow 6 hours for it to expand. Do not touch the beads while they are soaking. Pour the beads into a strainer or colander to drain any excess water. Keep out of direct sunlight.
For Plants: Remove and rinse any soil from your plant and place it in the container of your choice. Add enough water to cover the plant's roots, then fill the remainder of the container as desired with beads.
For Cut Flowers: Add water until there is a base of approximately 1" on the bottom of the vase. Diagonally cut at least 1/2" off of the flower stems,then place them in the water. Fill the remainder of the vase with water beads.
For Lucky Bamboo: Very little water is needed to nourish lucky bamboo. Just fill your container with water beads and insert the plant - no additional water is needed. DISTILLED OR FRESH WATER MUST BE USED to hydrate your water beads for use with lucky bamboo. City or central water contain additives and minerals which will cause your plant to turn yellow. You may also cut the bamboo to fit the desired height with its container. Simply cut the stalk at a 45°angle and place it in the water beads.
For Silk Flowers: Wrap the silk flower stem(s) in wax paper or plastic wrap before placing in the vase. Add beads to the vase until the desired height is achieved.
These instructions may vary as each plant or flower has its own level of water consumption. You may need more, less or no water depending on the arrangement you are creating. Keep an eye on your plant or flowers the first couple of days to determine how much water, if any, needs to be added or drained.
Caution: water beads are not to be flushed down drains, swallowed or frozen. If the product should go down a drain, use straight table salt or rock salt and hot water to flush. Since our beads are not food products, we recommend keeping them out of the reach of small children as they may become a choking hazard. Also, sweep up any spills immediately as the beads become slippery when wet.