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Fun for a Friday

When I was walking through the vendor booths last month at the Chicago Garden Show, something a bit . . . unusual. . . caught my eye.

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Water Marbles.  $4 a package.  I decided to try one.

You add some of the tiny marbles to a vase

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filled with distilled water

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and then you wait.

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Over the course of a day, those little marbles absorb every drop of the water in the vase

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and you end up with a vase full of water marbles!

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Supposedly, you can place cut flowers or a bamboo plant in the vase filled with water marbles . . . and never have to water it.  The water from the marbles is apparently enough to keep the the flowers or plants adequately hydrated.  Evenutally, the water desorbs (it's a real term; I checked with the resident chemist) and the marbles return to their original tiny size.

And you can use them again and again.

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Haven't actually tried putting flowers in the marbles yet, but I will.

For now, I just think they're kind of fun.  They look pretty, just sitting there in the vase.  And they're really fun to hold -- surprisinly hydrated and slightly slimy in a Ooooooo-Coooooool! kind of way.

You can order some for yourself . . .at this really cheesy website.  (This is the company that was selling them at the Chicago Garden Show; I found the website in the instruction materials packed with my Water Marbles.)  They are also available in larger quantities (with a more scientific explanation of what happens) here.

 

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Marilyn

If you ever use them for cut flowers I'd love a report on how it works... If the cut ends aren't in water won't they just dry out? Questioning minds want to know! :D

margene

I'd love to try them! I use rocks and marbles to hold my cut flowers in place. Water marbles could be even better as I wouldn't need to clean dirty water out of the vase after the flowers are gone.

Debbie

Water marbles look cool and I want to try them.

Vicki

Without even looking, I'm going to hazard a guess that it's the same/similar technology used in super-absorbent disposable diapers!! Though it's been a while since I've had regular practice with those, so perhaps they've moved on to something else entirely in the diaper aisle. ;)

kathy b

COOL!! i have two bamboo plants that I cherish. I may get those.

One is from a patients' mom who gave them to us nurses as athanks and for luck. ONe is from my son Zach after I told him I love my bamboo plants.

I have learned you can only use sterile water on the bamboo. I have yet to cut the roots, but I am told that helps them too

Patty

Fun, fun! You're always giving me something to think about! And I'm getting those tulips this week for sure!

bonny

Ooh, cool! I love new, fun, plant-related things, especially when they're only $4! Off to order some of my own...

Cheryl S.

That's very neat - it would help keep the flowers arranged, too.

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