FAQ

coral water beadsFrequently Asked Questions

Q – Can I place candles into the water beads?
A – Water beads work great with candles and floral arrangements.

Q – Can I use with my live house plants?
A – Suggested plants include arrowroot, bamboo, Chinese evergreen, dragon plant, dracaena, palms, spider plants, dieffenbachia, and philodendrons. DO NOT USE with cactus, succulents or orchids.

Q – How do I dispose of unwanted water beads?
A – To dispose of unwanted beads simply pour the them into flower beds, gardens or mix into soil. The gel beads are a great additive for potting and garden soils. Water beads are a non-toxic polymer substance that will not harm plants, grass or soil.
CAUTION! Water beads are extremely slippery when spilled. Never flush or pour beads down the drain, swelling could possibly clog drain pipes.

Q – How many beads will a package of the polymer make?
A – Add a package of the dry beads to a 1 quart bottle of water. 
              
Let it stand for about four hours (overnight is great). 
The beads will swell up and increase their weight by approximately 50 times. 
Next, use a sieve to strain off any surplus water. 
              
Now you have a large bowl or vase of sparkling water beads.  Add candles, flowers or some plants, finished! 
             
You will notice that even an ordinary glass turns into a small wonder at the touch of your hands. 
   
Q – How long will the crystals last?
A -  Length of life for decorative purposes (because of exposure to light) is approximately 1-2 years.  If mixed in soil, it serves for about 7-9 years as a source for moisture retention.  Since they are colored throghout they do not fade like some of the lessor quality beads available.  If they start to shirnk, it is simply a loss of hydration and all that you will need to do is add water.

Q – Is it safe for kids to use?
A – Water-Gel Crystals is a polymer gel powder and is non-toxic, ecologically neutral, it breaks down after its useful working life to water, carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen.

Although non-toxic it should never be consumed or taken internally in either its granule or its gelatinous forms, it should never be used by children without constant adult supervision.

Q – How many colors of Water Beads are available?
A - Eleven individual colors. All colors of our aqua beads are available  in a dry form.

Q – Will Water Beads stain my clothing, furniture, or carpet?
A – No. Aqua Water Beads are colorfast. This means that, when the gems dehydrate, the color stays with them. They will not stain other items, nor will they discolor water.

4 Responses to FAQ

  • Tom LaPlante says:

    Can you use the water gel to grow plants that like strawberrys to eat when they develop? Will the color or poly migrate into the the fruit?

  • Soak says:

    Good question. Water beads are non toxic. The polymer is colorfast and does not leach anything but water. They are used in outdoor vegetable gardens mixed into the soil as a means to stabilize watering cycles.

  • Theresa Coyne says:

    can you mix 2 colors

  • Soak says:

    Yes. You can mix and match as many colors and combinations as your imagination will allow.

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