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FelixAvery 04-06-2007 05:48 PM

Wabi-Kusa :: Photo-Guide lots of pics (56k)
Ok guys here is the photo guide to wabi kusa

for the purposes of this guide I have done this in my house, please note you should really go into nature and do this in the field beacuse:
1. the nature around you inspires the wabi-kusa
2. all the materials you possibly could need
3. get some excersise! :P

Here is the commercial products I used

The tools i used

Ok first things first, Substrate. I used compost as i was not allowed to dig up the garden. When you do this, use mud from near a river or water source, compost is a terrible substrate for this! When using river mud, plants you did not put there will grow if your lucky!

Mix a substrate fert into your substrate!

Add some water If it is too dry to mold

Use your hands to mold it into a sphere (as i might have said before, dont but a fert ball in it at this stage)

Then push it down on a flat surface (bring a board to work on)
this gives it a stable base

Get your chosen ground cover and cover the top of the sphere, this should be terrestrial moss or something like HC or glosso

Tie is on securely, at this stage you should also tie some aquatic mosses or riccia around the sides!

Plant it using the surrounding nature as both inspiration and a resource

carry it carefully home, and choose your container (i useda ceral bowl as i had nothing good :P

Fill it with sand and level, then make a dimple in the middle and place a jbl fert ball or similar

Bung it in :P place it ontop of the fert ball

carefully add water

hope this helps you guys
any questions??
a fully matured wabi-kusa

guitardude9187 04-06-2007 05:51 PM


looks good, it'll probably look awesome once the plants fill in

FelixAvery 04-06-2007 05:52 PM

oops dont forget to clean up that damn mess!
if you are outside please try and replant anythign u dont use, and leave the place looking tidy
as you can see this makes your parents angry if done indoors

RESGuy 04-06-2007 05:53 PM

Hey man,
Thank you for taking your time and posting this guide for us "Wabi-kusa noobs". Very inspirational :D

FelixAvery 04-06-2007 06:18 PM

im going to try and persuade my dad to come with me on a wabi-kusa trip
he is a photographer so should be able to get some good shots of the nature and of the process or creating them "in the wild" :P

eklikewhoa 04-06-2007 06:33 PM

Nicely done!

yoko 04-06-2007 06:37 PM

Dope, man, get us some nature shots!!:thumbsup: :icon_cool

No wonder I couldn't find that JBL 7 balls, it's in another language:icon_roll :icon_lol:

RESGuy 04-06-2007 06:41 PM


Originally Posted by FelixAvery (Post 400094)
im going to try and persuade my dad to come with me on a wabi-kusa trip
he is a photographer so should be able to get some good shots of the nature and of the process or creating them "in the wild" :P

Awesome! Good luck with that :)

bullhead 04-06-2007 07:14 PM

in the tools used I see the razor,scissors and tweezers but what the heck is the thing all wrapped in duct tape?Oh by the way that is really cool,very harmonious.

FelixAvery 04-06-2007 07:30 PM

oh that thing is my diy sand flattner
the other side has ada written on it in crayon lol :P
thanks for all the nice coments guys

sandiegoryu 04-22-2007 04:26 AM

What is that plant you have wrapped around in the beginning? I have that plant growing all around my house and I've always wondered if it was HC but concluded it wasn't. Is it?! Otherwise I'd make a fortune!

will5 04-22-2007 03:25 PM

Thank you for sharing that. It looks great.:proud:

FelixAvery 04-22-2007 10:15 PM

its not HC but very similar
and of the hemianthus family

sandiegoryu 04-22-2007 10:34 PM

So its been growing partially submerged for you then? I might grab a few plants and put it underwater see what happens... I doubt it'll work.

Wabi-kusa would be my next project. Maybe after an ADA nano tank if I ever get around to make that much money lol.

O yah great guide Felix.

FelixAvery 04-22-2007 10:39 PM

thanks ryu, yeh in my garden it grows into my pond, but doesnt look to good.
i put it into a little tank for my borther but he never had lights on so it dident do well
with the right conditions it might look nice!
im working on a WK website, were we can pool our knowledge and ideas
+ share our photos

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