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Well this one is my firs as well so im not an expert by far...but I can tell you what I did.

We made it at my local plant group meeting using organic potting soil, some tropica substrate, and a sprinkling of powered clay. Mixed them together and moistened them just enough to hold it's ball shape and hen covered it with mesh.

Next we covered it with moss wrapped with thread. Next step was to chose our plants and them lay ( we did not insert because the holes would have allowed the soil to become free) them on the ball. Wrapped it in thread again and that's it....as I said it's really simple. Just mist it everyday and you'll be set.

Also mine is only lit by natural light by the window as well. Once a week you'll want to fertilize it. I mist it with water from my High Tech Aquarium for this. Other then that all you have to do is sit back and watch it grow.

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Yeah seems simple enough. I've also been looking at doing ones without the moss ball.
Like this:

I think the principals are the same. Slowly transition it to full emersed with wrapping and spraying, as well as foliar fertiliser once a week.
Really interested how the just natural lighting goes, cus I kinda don't wanna buy a light just for an emersed thang when I live in the tropics where sun is always available.

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Go for it! This is the next one im making as well.

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This looks so cool! So I have only one question, do you have to wrap it with plastic wrap to prevent transpiration from occuring? How can you sustain this growth if these are aquatic plants?


A lot of the plants we use are actually semi-aquatic and grow mostly above water in river banks etc. . So you can set up emersed (not in water) systems by maintaining humidity, and after a while they'll get to a point where you don't have to keep them covered and they'll become fully emersed and all you have to do is spray them. But, yes the wrap is to keep the environment humid to reduce transpiration rate.
 

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A lot of the plants we use are actually semi-aquatic and grow mostly above water in river banks etc. . So you can set up emersed (not in water) systems by maintaining humidity, and after a while they'll get to a point where you don't have to keep them covered and they'll become fully emersed and all you have to do is spray them. But, yes the wrap is to keep the environment humid to reduce transpiration rate.
Impressive. So how often do you have to spray something like this, or do you have a mister hanging over it with a timer?
 

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Impressive. So how often do you have to spray something like this, or do you have a mister hanging over it with a timer?


It sort of varies. At the start when there's a wrap over it maybe twice a day, but once you get to the point they've fully converted maybe once a day. But, it's different for everyone and each setup. A mister is a bit overkill especially with small set-up's like these. Misters and humidifiers make more sense for those huge vivarium set-up's for dart frogs and stuff like that.

http://aquaristmagazine.com/andras-tundik-wabi-kusa-interview/
I found this read interesting. Also check out The Green Machine's Wabi-Kusa tutorial.
 
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