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Gauging interest in Wabi Kusa!

Wabi Kusa tanks seem to interest me now Having only 1 tank is kind of boring, but I don't have any room for a bigger one. So I may just set up a small Wabi Kusa right next to my current tank.

From what I understand, you get some dirt and wrap it in a ball then cover it in plants and put it in a bowl/tank of water. Is that it? That seems too simple to me. Educate me!!!

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I've heard different statements as to what type of soil to use - us regular potting soil ok?

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I am interested too, i have a 7''x5''x5'' acrylic display box that i want to use.
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I've heard different statements as to what type of soil to use - us regular potting soil ok?
You would use a very tiny amount of soil mixed with clay to hold it together, and then wrap it in sphagnum moss tied with thread. Supposedly true ADA wabi-kusa use just pure sphagnum moss.

Then you either wrap it in plants (clippings from your tank works great) or 'plant' them by poking them into the sphagnum.

Here's a google image search of Wabi kusa in Japanese.

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They are very cool setups, take a look at my Wabi's at my blog.

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I've been really inspired lately by kusamono:

http://www.bonsai-nbf.org/site/exh-kusamono.html

Maybe a "dry" style of wabi kusa but the forms are similar to my eye.

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I've been thinking about doing something like this too. Or just have a small tray with a bit of ADA soil and growing moss/other plants on it. I'd just have to constantly spray it to keep it moist.
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Dollface - do you literally mean to wrap it in clay? Or ids it a different kind of clay that you're talking about?

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Dollface - do you literally mean to wrap it in clay? Or ids it a different kind of clay that you're talking about?
No, if you want to have a soil ball inside, you would just mix the clay into the soil to hold it together, and then wrap the soil ball in 1-2" of sphagnum moss.

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The secret is pretty simple. Use peat, mold it into a ball, and plant what plants you want in it on the top side and wrap it with moss (sphagnum, I've seen others use Java) to hold it together. There's no one way to do it really, it's just an aesthetic, and peat is merely how the Hong Kong people I know here make them.

I learned while here in Seattle that Wabi-kusa as we know it has been a kind of home-made plant ball amongst some asian cultures for a while, especially popular in Hong Kong. But it was first made into a product by ADA, and they do own patent and trademark rights to it in the States.

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No, if you want to have a soil ball inside, you would just mix the clay into the soil to hold it together, and then wrap the soil ball in 1-2" of sphagnum moss.
No I mean what kind of clay:P

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No I mean what kind of clay:P
A natural clay soil, I guess? I can't recall any specific brands, but you wouldn't want anything that's self hardening and stuff like that.

I'd go for the pure peat/sphagnum moss route, honestly.

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The secret is pretty simple. Use peat, mold it into a ball, and plant what plants you want in it on the top side and wrap it with moss (sphagnum, I've seen others use Java) to hold it together. There's no one way to do it really, it's just an aesthetic, and peat is merely how the Hong Kong people I know here make them.

I learned while here in Seattle that Wabi-kusa as we know it has been a kind of home-made plant ball amongst some asian cultures for a while, especially popular in Hong Kong. But it was first made into a product by ADA, and they do own patent and trademark rights to it in the States.
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A natural clay soil, I guess? I can't recall any specific brands, but you wouldn't want anything that's self hardening and stuff like that.

I'd go for the pure peat/sphagnum moss route, honestly.
Ok thanks guys. And can I just place it on the windowsill where it gets natural sunlight?

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That is such a cool idea. All this time I had no idea what it was. Sounds so easy too. You could put just about anything on it.
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