The Bios Urn in a Planter

How to plant the Bios Urn in a container or planter

Sometimes, our clients prefer to plant the Bios Urn in a garden planter or have an indoor tree.

For best results, we recommend choosing a proper tree or flowering plant species (you can use seedlings, shrubs, bulbs and seeds) and good soil to accompany it.

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Choosing your tree and flowering plants species

If you intend to keep the tree or plant indoors indefinitely, we recommend using one best suited for indoor or container life. Dwarf species of any tree or a tree suited for container life.

Some options include:

Amur Maple // Anthurium // Azalea // Bamboo Palm // Bay Tree // Bromeliad // Citrus Trees // Crepe Myrtle // Dwarf Camellias // Dwarf Conifer (Any Dwarf Species) // Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree // Flamingo Lily // Heart-Leaf Philodendron // Holly Dwarf // Hoya Obovate // Japanese Maple // Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana // Lipstick Plant // Olive Tree // Peace Lily // Philodendron Xanadu // River Birch // Rubber Plant // Sabre Fig // Star Magnolia // Zelkova Serrata

If you plan to keep the tree in a container for 12-18 months, any tree species can be planted there and later transplanted to its final location.

Choosing soil or compost

Containers and planters require good soil. You cannot use soil from your garden or surrounding landscape, as this is not well-suited for the container and will not drain well. It is best to use soil-based compost. Most trees will thrive in a loam-based compost or nutrient-rich compost. These can all be found at nurseries, hardware stores, and garden supply stores.

How to Plant the Bios Urn in a Planter

Prepare your planter by adding a portion of compost to the bottom. To avoid the compost from draining, you can use some broken ceramic or terracotta, which will help keep most of the soil intact. After placing the soil on the bottom of the planter, measure it with your Bios Urn. The Bios Urn should be able to sit comfortably on top of the soil and close to the planter’s surface.

First, place the ashes in the bottom capsule of the Bios Urn. If the quantity of ashes is not enough to fill it, add compost until the lower cone is filled.

Remove the seal from the top capsule and unpack the growth medium. Place the seedling gently inside the top capsule, combining its soil with the growth medium. We recommend adding additional compost on top of the growth medium.

Fill in the side gaps of the planter with the remainder of the compost and ensure none of the Bios Urn is exposed; it should all be covered by soil.

Caring for your tree

All living trees will require some amount of TLC. Proper sunlight and watering care is an absolute must. Some trees are more low-maintenance than others, so we suggest looking into the specific needs of the tree you choose.
Trees in containers or planters tend to dry out quicker than those growing in the ground, so regular watering is necessary for healthy trees. The soil should always be moist but not soaking wet. It is also recommended to replace the top layer of soil annually, generally during springtime.