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The Muddled Puddle, a Wabi Kusa

This is my first foray into the art of Wabi Kusa...



For now it's mostly non aquatic plants that I have used in my riparium, but I will be attempting more traditional stems as it progresses... salvinia and lemna on the water surface...



A slapped together of bunch of random driftwood with stainless screws, dumped some aquasoil on the bottom of an Ikea bowl and whipped up my own wabi kusa ball...



The driftwood has been planted with Spiky moss at the waterline...



The ball is made up of hydroton balls in the centre surrounded by 50/50 aquasoil and crushed sphagnum moss...



Then wrapped in long fibre sphagnum and placed in a hair net and twirled tight...





I'm using a Philips par30 LED daylight flood on a 12hr light period... I have been trying to change the water everyday for the first few weeks...

This should be fun!
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Looks very nice so far, can't wait to see it fill in
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Any updates on this?

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Very beautiful. I wish to do something similar. Probably a dumb question but what is that ball in the hairnet for? What type of fern?

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Very beautiful. I wish to do something similar. Probably a dumb question but what is that ball in the hairnet for? What type of fern?

If you are referring to the largest plant growing from the ball, it's a parlor palm.
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Oh thank you. What is that ball though?

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Oh thank you. What is that ball though?

It's a ball of growth medium - soil and some moss - for the terrestrial plants to take root in. The hairnet, I assume, is to help keep it in shape and together.
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Oooh. I am definitely going to do that soon.

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Is that palm pretty hardy? Does it need a special temp or humidity?

Bump: How did you get it to stay in the ball?

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Parlour palms are very hardy and a super common houseplant... you should be able to get them just about anywhere. The "Bella" variant is supposed to stay smaller; they can get quite big. I have two.

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Oh thank you. I do not have a green thumb at all for houseplants. It would be even better with the water. No watering or anything. Where did you get the pot at?

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That's very nicely done! Do you have a wider shot showing the light being used?


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