A very GREEN low budget emersed growth project.
I've been using small jars & beta bowls to save failing rare crypts. I put a thin layer of pea gravel on the bottom of the jar. The gravel helps me gage how much water is in the container. I want it most but not soaked. Then I use a about 50/50mix of Dirt & crushed Oak leaves. Add my plant or rhizome pc. then cover with a baggie or saran wrap.
This was just a pc of Cryptocoryne affinis bare rhizome, took a month to get these leaves
Here a few months later, transferred into a 5gl emersed tank (largest crypt)
Green Salad Box Project
Recycle, Recycle & Recycle.
I started with a plate of bits & pieces left over from a re-scape.
Next I had a plastic box that we buy Organic spinach in. I found the smartest way to get the labels off is to use a hair dryer and warm them up. It loosens the glue just enough. Here I've added a layer of Eco that I had.
Here I've added a about 1" of 40% dirt reclaimed from poted plants grown in my Aquaponic sump/goldfish tank. and 30% Oak leaves and 30% Sphagnum Peat Moss. I think this works best as it mimics the forrest floor, holds moisture, allows Gas/Oxygen exchange. Mist to damp level ~ don't soak.
Time to plant. I just lay the plants on the substrate layer and cover with more dirt mix. No great care was taken. Then moss from 40B was placed on the top. One last mist then replace the lid.
>>>Not shown was punching 3 small vent holes in the box lid. I used a nail I hold with pliers and heat on the stove to melt small holes.
Cover and place in a sunny window