How to grow water beads

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Growing your USA Water Beads


Water bead instructions for Ten gram bags: Add 5-6 cups of tap water to a large, flat container to achieve uniform color and size. Empty the entire packet into the water evenly. After 6 hours, pour the beads into a strainer or colander to drain any excess water. Keep out of direct sunlight.

Water bead instructions for Pound Bags: For every level measuring teaspoon of water beads, and add 3 cups of tap water to a large, flat container (a baking dish works well) and sprinkle in evenly the water beads. After 6 hours, pour the beads into a strainer or colander to drain any excess water. Keep out of direct sunlight.

For larger quantities use 1 gallon of water per 1 oz. (2 measuring tablespoons or (3) 10-gram packs) of water beads. To achieve uniform sized beads avoid water deeper than 1.5”.

 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, and 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 contains 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.

Knowing how to take care of your water beads will ensure your arrangements, projects and activities come out the best they can every time.

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. how to use water beads

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Wondering what to do with water beads? This post shares where to get water beads, how to hydrate them, and some of the fun things kids can do with this great sensory material. 

We of course would like you to get water beads from us because we don't where Water Beads from Amazon and Ebay come from. 

Many times, they are misleading and advertise 40,000 water beads, etc., but when you receive the package, they are small packages that don't contain 40,000 water beads.

It is better to buy by the weight so that you know exactly what you are getting.

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