I was surprised at myself today. Someone brought it to my attention that although my blog is vast, I have never really explained what or how to “Re-Puff”. So, here it is.
Re-Puff is my own personal word, not found in the dictionary, and may not even be used by other WaterBeads dealers. My little quirk. It simply means to re-hydrate.
WaterBeads are like little computers that have only three commands.
- Soak up water
- Slowly release water
- Repeat commands 1 & 2 any time water is available
If there is water, they will soak it up to their full capacity (around 2.5 cm), and if there is no water around them they will slowly release water until completely empty, all the way back to original starting bead size.
So, to Re-Puff…just add water!
The WaterBeads know what to do. Hydration from dry bead size to full 2.5cm capacity takes around 8 hours. Re-Puffing only takes around 2 hours depending upon how small you let them go. It does not harm the WaterBeads to be left in water indefinitely, although some plants may show signs of water shock if they are not used to their new environment yet. A lot of plants will adjust to a total water environment given time, which is why WaterBeads really do work well for indoor plant. (see hydroponics)
I always recommend filling your vase completely with hydrated waterbeads during your initial arrangement to make it easier for the Re-Puffing process. When Re-Puff is due, fill your container completely to the brim. You may have to add a little more water at the 1 hour mark to make sure the top layers get all they can hold. Then hold one hand over opening around plants or flowers and dump excess water out. (you may need a second person if you have a very large vase)