1. Empty the contents of one package (colored beads) into 1 liter (quart) of water. For best results also add 1 teaspoon of liquid fertilizer (e.g - Miracle Gro)
2. Let contents soak in water for 6-8 hours. After this time it will be clearly evident that the colored beads will have increased in size tremendously, as they will have absorbed water.
3.Using a strainer, remove the colored beads from the water and place them in a container of your choice (vase, flower pot.
4.Place the plant in the container after removing as much soil as possible from the plant's roots
5. Should the plant have no soil at all, simply place it right in the container with the soaked balls. The plant will develop normally and will last for a very long time. These beads also regulate the amount of water absorbed by the plant, thus preventing over-watering which would cause the plant to wilt prematurely.
5. After approximately 1.5-2 months (depending on prevailing temperatures) the beads will have shrunk in size. At such time, remove the beads and place them in a container with water for approximately 3-4 hours, or until they reach their maximum size again. Then repeat steps 3 to 5),
Water beads are 100% non-toxic (child-safe/pet-safe).
Water Beads can last up to 4 years if they are kept away from direct sunlight (UV rays) and are handled with care. The material is biodegradable and will eventually break down. In the meantime they will shrink and rehydrate constantly.
Water Beads can simply be rinsed with water to wash off any dirt or dust off of them. If algae develop (if the beads look cloudy) wash them with diluted liquid fertilizer to kill any living bacteria.
Never freeze the beads. To store them for future use, place them in a zip-lock bag and store them in a dry place and at room temperature.