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 which is 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 intend to keep the tree in a planter or container for 12-18 months only, any tree species can be started in it and then 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 stories, and garden supply stores.

How to Plant the Bios Urn in a Planter

STEP 1
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 surface of the planter.

STEP 2
Place the ashes in the bottom capsule of the Bios Urn. If the ashes do not fill all of the Bios Urn, be sure to add additional compost to the Bios Urn until it is completely filled (it will biodegrade and therefore no room should be leftover.)

STEP 3
Remove the seal from the top capsule and unpack the growth medium. Place the seedling gently combining its soil with the growth medium, inside the top capsule. We recommend adding additional compost on top of the growth medium.

STEP 4
Fill in the side gaps of the planter with the remainder of the compost and make sure 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 a must 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 spring time.