So we finally brewed our second one of these sample flowering teas from TeaVivre.
This time I filled our globe pot entirely with hot water and then gently lowered the item into it. I used chopsticks to try to hold it submerged while the air leaked out and it began to hydrate. It took a LONG time to do this.
But we did eventually end up with a completely intact flying spaghetti monster flowering tea display which was very pretty.
I think our globe pot is too big and so the ratio of item to water is all wrong.
But the spectacle of these things is pretty interesting.