The Bios Urn® can be legally planted on any private property, such as a backyard or garden. If you own a home, or property – planting on it is one of the best places. It´s recommended choosing a tree species which fits your location and space (and is appropriate in size.) You can find a list of trees we offer and information on their sizes here. Some people are worried about planting a Bios Urn in a backyard, in fear that they may some day move. If you are worried or find that you may someday move – arrangements can be made with a tree transplanting service. Generally these companies are skilled at moving or transporting trees without harming their root system, so that you can move it to the location you desire.
Most laws state that a person may plant or bury cremated remains in uninhabited public land, or on the private property of a consenting owner – but this may not be the case for all countries so it´s always important to ask! Please be sure to investigate your state or region´s provincial laws in relation to ashes. If you are unsure, just send us a message and we can help you look into it!
Jay planted his father´s Bios Urn ® in his backyard.
Indoors in a planter
The Bios Urn ® can be started off in a planter or a pot. Starting off the Bios Urn ® in a large planter is a good option that works both indoors and outdoors depending on the tree or plant species you choose. We have created our very own planter called the Bios Incube ® Lite designed specifically to fit our urns. To find out more about the benefits, check out the 12 reasons to use a Bios Incube ® Lite here!
Regarding how long it can stay in the planter, it really depends on the tree or plant you chose. Once you plant the Bios Urn® in the Bios Incube®, it will biodegrade over time, during which time the tree will be growing.
If you choose a normal tree, once your tree has grown to an appropriate size, we do recommend planting it somewhere natural, such as a forest, or backyard, because trees will only grow in accordance to the volume of their soil. Technically, a tree will reach adequate size within 12-18 months. You can transplant the tree earlier or later. The time period to do so will also depend on the seeds you choose to use.
You can also choose to plant a dwarf tree or plant and leave it in the planter indefinitely. If you decide to plant a dwarf tree, it’s growth will be controlled, but it may still never reach it´s potential size inside the planter and may need transplanting depending on how it’s doing.
Once the tree has grown well and it is more established, this is a good time to choose to transplant it. Ideally at this point you would plant it in the earth so that it´s roots can carry on growing. There are many online tutorials dedicated to tree transplanting, which show the best methods to utilize to transplant a tree without compromising the root ball. We wrote this article about How to Bring Your Bios Urn Tree with you Even if you Move.
While some places may have restrictions with ashes, they do not have the same restrictions with trees, which is why planting in a planter to begin with is a good way to bypass these restrictions.
Sumi planted her mother´s Bougainvillea in a planter in her home.
Some forests which are local are a good place to plant the Bios Urn ®, although it is absolutely necessary to respect the local flora and plant an appropriate tree species which matches the local environment. Some forests and parks (especially national parks) may have differing laws or regulations about planting so it is necessary to inquire with local authorities about permissions. If you need assistance doing this, please contact us and we can inquire on your behalf. If the urn used is biodegradable, it does not need to be removed from the site.
Anne planted her mother´s Bios Urn in a forest close to her home.
We have spoken to customers around the world who have told us that they have made arrangements in various locations such as: Golf Courses, Churches, Sacred Native American land, near lakes, and in special areas designated for the cause of tree-reforestation. Our suggestion is to find a place that works for you, and ask. Generally, if native tree seeds or a small native seedling are introduced, there should be no problems.
Tomas planted his grandfather´s Bios Urn ® by a lake.
Green (natural) Burial Locations
Many natural (green) burial grounds allow for the planting of a Bios Urn. The Green Burial Council provides a very informative list of Green Burial locations across the U.S., and many, if not most, of these locations will allow for a Bios Urn to be planted. Some local cemeteries allow for a Bios Urn to be planted, but this really depends on your location. We have found that each state and country differs. We are happy to inquire with local cemeteries or natural burial grounds in your area. Contact us and let us know your location and preferences. We have also spoken with a few veteran cemeteries who were willing to accommodate this kind of burial.
Did you know the first Bios Park ® is open in Canada (Quebec)?
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