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The Hawke’s Bay Better Home & Living Show 2018!

Aquatic Plants is offering FREE double passes to The Hawke’s Bay Better Home & Living Show 2018! Please email us your name and address to sales@aquaticplants.co.nz and we will post them out to you just before the show! Get in quick as these are limited. And yes Aquatic Plants will be there¬†ūüćÉ
Note the show runs from:
Friday (18 May) 10am – 5pm
Saturday (19 May) 10am – 5pm
Sunday (20 May) 10am – 4pm
Sincerely aquaticplants.co.nz

 

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Martinborough Fair – This Saturday!

Aquatic Plants is off to the fair! YAY!!! :):):)

There will be pond and aquarium plants of course and also a workshop where Brodie and Myself will show you how to make emersed displays (Wabi-Kusa, Kokodama and Terrariums!) Make one from as little as $10! That price include tutoring, ingredients, and plants!

We also have Terrariums for kids to make – ages 3 and upwards. They even get to choose a little plastic bug to go in it at the end. So cute ūüôā

This Saturday the 3rd of Feb from 8am till 4pm

https://martinboroughfair.org.nz/

We hope to see you there!

Sincerely Jess and Brodie

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How to MAKE a Wabi-kusa, Kokodama or Terrarium

Kokodama and Wabi Kusa Balls¬†– Roll up your soil of choice into a ball, you’ll need to wet it in order for it to stick together. As for soil, organic potting mix combined with a little clay such as daltons aquatic mix will work well. a 70:40 potting mix to aquatic mix ratio is good. The clay will cause the potting mix to stick together better when wet! Then cover it in wet sphagnum moss, followed by coconut coir on top. Finally wrap it in twine or fishing line. (fishing line if you are submersing it in your aquarium)¬†Note: if you are putting a plant into this display that already has roots like a sword plant for example then you will need to put the plant into the ball before you cover it and wrap it up. Also if you are attaching some moss to your ball be sure to put this thinly underneath¬†the twine or fishing line so it is close to moisture and will grow through. ¬†Once you’re done, simply use some long planting tweezers or a knitting needle to make holes in your ball for the stems to go into. I have found it is easier to make the hole first and hold the stem with your fingers to insert into the ball as opposed to holding the stem with the tweezers. The stems are delicate so there should be no resistance when inserting them into the holes you’ve made. It’s easier to judge if there is any resistance or not if you are inserting them by holding the stems instead of using the tweezers to hold the stems. In some instances it might be easier to use the tweezers to hold the stems but you can judge this yourself. It will take you some practice to get the hang of this! Don’t give up!!! TIP: Make sure your stems are not too long! A couple cm of leaves above the hole is a sufficient length. The reason this works better is because the plant doesn’t have to deliver moisture very far as this will be difficult for the stem in the beginning¬†stages due to not having a root system yet.¬†

Terrarium –¬†Place some sand or stones in your terrarium bowl, approximately 3-5cm worth of stones of sand. Then put your soil of choice on top (potting mix is fine), then cap it with some more stones or sand. the reason you put stones down first is to add drainage in your bowl so the soil doesn’t turn into an anaerobic lump. Simply plant your stems using tweezers or just poke them in. It doesn’t matter how far down the stems go, as long as they are far down enough to get some moisture when you water your terrarium. Note: If you are using moss also, put some sphagnum¬†moss down on top of the soil then put your moss on top of the sphagnum. Moss is one of those plants that loves a wet environment and as long as it has access¬†to some moisture it will be okay and grow nicely. Sphagnum¬†moss is amazing at retaining water and will be perfect for your moss to live on top of.¬†

Refer to care instructions once made! 

If you are submersing your ball then contact us for some of out aquarium fish safe soil that we sell to our customers who are making their own from scratch. Will not create algae, contains a slow release fertiliser inside and is 100% safe too fish and all aquatic life.

  • aquaticplants.co.nz
  • 027 630 9994
  • sales@aquaticplants.co.nz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to care for Wabi-Kusa and Kokodama

Care sheet for Wabi-kusa, Kokodama and Terrariums

They are easy to care for, but there are a few very important things you need to know in order to have success!!

It’s important to know that there is an adjustment phase that your plants will go through while they adapt to the environment and grow roots. Once this is over you’re in the all clear and it’s smooth sailing from there!!

Plead read below (all of it) ūüôā¬†

Water!!!:)¬†For about 2 days after you have made your kokodama or wabi-kusa ball you need to sit it in a little container of water that goes about 1/2 of the way up your ball. This keeps the cuttings moist allowing them to deliver water to their tips and leaves. Because they currently don’t have any roots you need to be there root system for a while by making sure their stems are wet at all times. Doing this also encourage roots to grow making your cuttings stronger, and allow them to turn into fully fledged plants as opposed to just cuttings without roots. Replace water once over those 2 days so it doesn’t go stagnant. After those two days simply dunk your ball in some water for about 10 seconds once or twice a day for the next two weeks. No need to let it sit in water anymore as you want air to circulate around the ball allowing oxygen to flow. If you have a terrarium in a glass bowl then just spray the plants daily making sure there’s not too much water in the bowl, as oxygen still needs to get to the “root zone area” and you don’t want the water to go stagnant due to lack of oxygen. A cm of water in the bottom is fine however and won’t do any harm. Keep the soil moist but not like a sludge.

Where to put them:) While your plants are busy growing their roots and adjusting to their new home, you need to keep your little display away from direct sunlight and away from intense dry heat.¬†Sunrays produce a lot of heat, and having these pelt down on your new vulnerable cuttings would be all too much for them to handle at this point in time. A perfect place would be a warm area in the house under artificial lights like the normal old lights on your ceiling that you use to light up your living room for example. LED lights are excellent because they produce a lot of light but don’t omit heat! You could well put in the centre of your lounge providing there’s no hot heat from the heat pump blowing on it. Dry heat from a heater or being exposed to direct sunlight, especially on a hot day through glass is a big no no!! ¬†If you accidentally do this (mistakes happen) and the cuttings look absolutely frizzled, quickly put your entire ball (plants included) into a bucket of water for a couple of hours. This will actually bring the cuttings back to life, unless of course they are completely shrivelled up to almost nothing. This is the most common mistake so take heed to my warning! If you really have managed to destroy your new display by frying it in the sun then still soak your ball in a bucket of water for a couple of hours, as you may be surprised by the results. After soaking it, completely remove the damaged leaves and be sure to leave the stalks behind and any leaves that are not all shrivelled up. They should still recover but it will just be a longer settle in process for them. Don’t give up on it!! It will look terrible for a while but you wait!! Good things take time and it will/should come back to life providing you carry on caring for it. It is normal for plants to go through an adjustment phase so it is expected that you will see a little wilting no matter how cautious you are, as cuttings have no roots and are weak and vulnerable until they grow roots!¬†Don’t worry, you won’t always have to worry about this precious with them. They are only this delicate in the beginning phases. Also, don’t put your display in a dark area like a cold dark laundry, as they still need light to grow regardless of their current state. A light area in the kitchen or a bedroom table be fine providing the sun doesn’t pelt in with its intense rays. A little LED desk lamp would be ideal if your house is very dark. LED lights are very cheap to run also. Mitre 10 and Bunnings have some very cute desk lamps that are not very expensive.

Once your plants have roots (give a little tug on the stem to check) and have become more perky and perhaps even grown some new leaves, then your little display will be more resilient to heat and sunlight etc. Basically now that the stems have root systems, they are able to efficiently and effectively deliver nutrients and moisture to the leaves making them stronger, perkier and much more tolerant of the earths elements. But you need to gauge this carefully and introduce your display to more harsh environments with care. These plants are very adaptable and will go with wherever you put them providing their basic requirements are met (food, water, light). But whatever you do, you need to do it gradually so they can adjust along the way!

Fertilise your plants once a week with Daves Organic Liquid Fertiliser and Organic Liquid Compost. Put 2.5ml of each into a sprayer with 500mls of water. Just spray the leaves and a little around the base of your terrarium. If you have a kokodama or wabi-kusa ball that is hanging you can drench the entire thing. You can use these two fertilisers on all your plants, i.e. veges, herbs, shrubs, not just your display. These fertilisers are the best I have ever used and your plants will thank you for it with colourful, vibrant, strong, healthy, fast growth.

Now that your plants have fully acclimatised¬†you don’t need to have them sit in a puddle of water anymore, just keep your ball moist by spraying with water once a day or dunk them in some water quickly. The balls will stay moist throughout the day due to the sphagnum moss inside them. Be sure to fertilise as above if you want the best growth possible. Even though the soil already contains a slow release fertiliser, at some point (if you don’t fertilise them), the soil will become exhausted of nutrients and the plants will start to fade as they are not finding the nutrients they need to grow and stay colourful. Trim/prune your plants when you feel they are getting messy looking. When you prune them be sure to leave some leaves behind and don’t just trim right back to the base of the stalk. Just above a leaf node is a good place! When you water your plants, do it in the evening or early in the morning. These plants, like peace lily’s and all interesting tropical plants just love having wet roots as they come from a wet humid environment like the Amazon. They will of course tolerate and acclimatise to dry periods, but water them once a day if you can remember! Now that you’ve gotten this far you’re in the all clear zone, and killing them all would be a real mission as they are much stronger now. You’ve done well!!!

Can you put it outside? You can put your display outside in the summer once it’s gone through its acclimatisation/root growing phase, but in the winter it will need to be inside somewhere as the cold and frosts are just not tolerated. The cooler the temp the slower the growth basically. These plants love having warm roots so summer is ideal for growing them. They will go a little dormant in winter if your house is really cold al the time, but they won’t die off or say good bye or anything sad like that, They will start growing again like weeds in spring and summer!!

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Amnesty International and ChildFund New Zealand

Aquatic Plants are now supporting Amnesty International New Zealand and ChildFund New Zealand via monthly donations, as well as WWF-New Zealand (as previously posted).  We will of course never ask for your assistance and business is the same as always. But thank you for helping us help others!!!!

This year thousands of children in East Africa faced famine and starvation. The size and scale of the emergency was, and still is, enormous ‚Äď with the UN describing it as the worst humanitarian crisis they‚Äôve ever seen.”¬†¬†Retrieved from https://www.childfund.org.nz/news-and-stories/food-aid-for-east-africa

 

 

 

 

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WWF-New Zealand

Aquatic plants has chosen to support WWF-New Zealand via monthly donations. ¬†WWF are one of New Zealand’s leading conservation organisations and are part of the World Wide Fund for Nature.¬†Please visit their website for more information about what they stand for!

This will have NO impact on customer purchases as prices have NOT increased to compensate for this. Also we will NOT be asking for monetary handouts from you, ever.

Essentially a portion (not percentage) of our profits will go directly to WWF once a month. Even though these figures are not of a large corporate scale due to being a small privately owned business, every little bit counts towards a sustainable future for both humans and wildlife, something many of us are genuinely and sincerely concerned about in this current day and age!

We at Aquatic Plants hope to increase our monthly donation amount over time and/or change to a percentage based donation in the near future (assuming this is possible). Although we are of course NOT a charity, we will be investigating various ways of legitimately contributing via the profits of specific sales, promotions and advertising. This may involve becoming registered to do so therefore is currently being looked into!

We look forward to updating you on our progress so watch this space!

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Oh My Goodness!

Plant variety has increased!! In time the newbies will be regulars as quantities will increase very quickly due to new plantations ūüôā To name a few : Hydrocotyle Verticillata, Hygrophila Difformis (single stem only), Green Pine, Ludwigia Palustris, Narrow Leaf Indian Fern! ¬†ORDERS in by Sunday Midnight!!!! (For Tuesday’s “send off”). Over and out https://aquaticplants.co.nz/

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Christmas Season

Get your 2016 orders in before the 18th of December 2016! ¬†Any orders placed after December 18th won’t be posted until Jan 10th 2017. We still have plenty of Free Baby Aponogeton Undulatus to give away with every order. But once they are gone they’re gone for a looooooong time.
Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!!