How Can I Make Sure My Bios Urn® Tree Grows?

A tree is a living, breathing thing. It is something which cannot always be controlled, and which should be given careful attention. A common concern about using a Bios Urn® is the concern about whether or not the tree will grow. Naturally, this is a founded concern, as planting a Bios Urn® is a very important thing, especially in what it represents. While there is never a guarantee in nature, there are things we can do to make sure that whatever tree you choose, grows beautifully and healthily!

The patented design of the Bios Urn® has been tested for over 20 years at this point, and was made to hold ashes and provide a nutrient-rich base for the tree to grow. The lower portion of the Bios Urn® holds the ashes, and the upper portion holds an expansion disc, as well as growth mediums which work to protect the roots, and provide vitamins and minerals that are essential for growth.

Whether you choose to use seeds, or a small baby seedling, both will be dependent upon the care you provide. Planting seeds or a seedling and not caring for them in their first year of growth, can stunt their growth – even if you start with an established tree. During the 18 months, trees require basic TLC, mainly in the form of sunlight and water requirements. These differ from tree to tree, but most have similar ones for the first year. As a general rule, trees should be protected over winter, and most prefer to grow in half sun, or indirect sun (too much shade, or too much sunlight can be bad.)

Tree guides are available on our website for most worldwide regions.

South America
The U.S.
South Africa
Australia & New Zealand (coming soon!)

The Bios Urn® works with any kind of seed or seedling! There are literally no exceptions. You can therefore use your own by sourcing it directly yourself, and therefore choose a tree which is sentimental and meaningful to you. Fruit trees, flowering trees, evergreens or conifers are all completely compatible. That said, we always recommend choosing a native tree species or one which is common to your location, to respect the ecological balance and ensure better growth. So be sure to check with a local gardening supplier or horticulturist for information on native tree species in your area.Remember you can also elect to use a seedling, or sprout instead of a seed. Or some people also chose to plant a flower, a plant, or a bush instead of a tree.

We have also published articles for some commonly found tree types:

Red Maple (hardiness zones 3-9)
Sawtooth Oak (hardiness zones 5-9)
Ponderosa Pine  (hardiness zones 3-7)
Honey Locust (hardiness zones 4-9)
Dawn Redwood (hardiness zones 5-8)
Tree of Life (hardiness zones 5-9)

If you choose to plant one of these seed types, please be sure to read these guides and planting instructions. If you are using another type of seed not listed here (and there are many!), be sure to find out the planting instructions for that particular type before planting it as this is essential to give your tree the best chance of growing. If you prefer to use a small seedling, sapling, or other plant/bush, please be sure that the tree’s sun and water requirements are met! If you are unsure what these requirements may be, we’re more than happy to assist you, even if you are using a tree we don’t offer.

Seed guides are available on our website for all out seed choices that we offer. Each seed packet comes with over 10 seeds, allowing you to use all of them – and keep leftover ones for additional planting! If you choose to use one of our seeds, please be sure to read the guides and planting instructions. If you prefer to use a small seedling, sapling, or other plant/bush, please be sure that the tree’s sun and water requirements are met! If you are unsure what these requirements may be, have a look online and reach out to a local gardening store.

The Bios Urn® should be planted during an appropriate season, with most trees this falls between early spring to fall, although this timeline could differ depending upon the weather in your region. It’s best to plant during moderate temperatures. Keep in mind, that planting any living thing – whether it be a tree or a plant, should be done so that it matches the natural cycles of growth in your area.

If you live in a location with severe temperatures, a good option would be to plant the Bios Urn® indoors, in a planter, or in the Bios Incube®! If your tree has been planted outdoors, please be sure to protect it from Winter frost! Planting in a container or garden pot is a great idea, and the tree can easily be transplanted during a more temperate season, or even when it has matured a bit more (generally around 18-24 months.)

The Bios Incube® has been designed to assist you in growing your tree, and can be used with seeds or seedlings. It is completely self-sustaining, and waters itself as needed.

If you would prefer a species which is more low maintenance, we would recommend a smaller tree species, shrub, or bush. We can assist you with finding a low-maintenance tree if you would like.

We take the Bios Urn®, and the experience it provides to others very seriously. We must remember that trees are living things, and they are beautiful. To grow a beautiful tree, with or without a Bios Urn®, we need to make sure it has the basic care and love it needs.

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