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Wabi Kusa is a new trend from Japan, which also finds more and more enthusiastic followers with us. These are aesthetically green glass bowls, which - and this is what makes them special - are planted exclusively with swamp and water plants. Here's how to make your own Wabi Kusa.
What is a Wabi Kusa?
The name Wabi Kusa comes from the Japanese and means literally translated as "pretty grass". The whole thing is based on the concept of Wabi Sabi, which is about recognizing something special in something simple and inconspicuous, or dealing with nature creatively and meditatively. The result is a glass bowl filled with water that is attractively filled with marsh and aquatic plants.
Plants for the Wabi Kusa
For the planting of a Wabi Kusas one uses marsh and water plants, which can flourish both below and above water. Fortunately, almost all aquarium plants available in the pet supply trade are suitable for this purpose. Stem plants such as the round-leaved Rotala (Rotala rotundifolia) and the Creeping Staurogyne (Staurogyne repens) are popular species. The selection is, as I said, very large. The special attraction of a Wabi Kusas is that aquarium plants, which are not kept under water, suddenly develop quite differently in the air and, for example, get colorful leaves. The Indian star plant (Pogostemon erectus) even produces magnificent flowers.
How to make your own Wabi Kusa
For a sufficient light supply a Wabi Kusa sometimes needs its own plant light
Everything you need for your own Wabi Kusa, you can find in the pet shop or a specialist shop for aquarium. As a vessel you need a translucent and transparent glass bowl and a little substrate or soil, as it is also used for aquariums. This is formed into balls and carefully plant the swamp and water plants with the tweezers. But there are already pre-formed substrate balls in the trade - because the whole matter is very muddy. Some also wrap the balls with moss to make them more stable. Peat moss (Sphagnum) even have an antibacterial effect and thus prevent mold growth. But it works without it. Also, get a special Wabi Kusa fertilizer right away to provide the plants with the right nutrients. Depending on the location, a plant light is recommended, as a sufficient light supply for a Wabi Kusa is essential. Arrange the planted balls in the glass bowl and fill with enough water to cover the roots of the plants completely.
Location and care
A Wabi Kusa is best placed in a very bright place in the house. A windowsill is ideal. Direct sunlight should be avoided, as this promotes algae formation in the water.
Once planted, a Wabi Kusa is very easy to maintain. The plants basically get everything they need for their well-being, via the water or from the substrate balls. Nonetheless, you should spray it twice a day, especially in dry indoor air. If the plants are too big, they can easily trim something. The fertilizers depend on the plant selection. Find out about this best when buying at the retailer.