You may have heard that planting in cremation ashes directly will not work because the tree will not survive. Myth or Truth?
Well it is totally true and below we explain why this is and how the Bios Urn® was designed specifically to stop this from happening, enabling you to become a tree in the after-life.
Read on for more information about growing trees and plants in human ashes.
Why Planting in cremation ashes directly will not work
Planting in cremation ashes sounds like a straight forward solution and wonderful way to pay tribute to a friend or family member who has passed on, but can plants grow in human ashes?
Unfortunately, the answer is no, not very well, although some plants may be more tolerant than others. While cremains are composed of nutrients that plants require, primarily phosphate (48%), calcium (25%), sulfate (11%), and potassium (3%), human ashes also have a very high pH level, which can be toxic to many plants because it prevents the natural release of beneficial nutrients within the soil.
How the Bios Urn® helps solve this issue
The Bios Urn® has a patented double-component design which allows for the healthy growth of a tree, flower, or plant, even when planting in cremation ashes. It contains an upper and lower capsule, the upper capsule has been designed to hold a special expansion soil disc made of coconut-peat, vermiculite, and seeds/seedling of the user choice.
The lower portion of the urn houses the ashes. The design of the Bios Urn ® is intentional, as ashes must be kept separate from the seeds, especially during the first 3 months of growth – regardless of if the user use a sprout, or seeds, because ashes have high PH levels which can negatively affect, or even stunt growth.
The amount of ashes placed in the Urn will therefore not upset the delicate nutrient balance required for growth of or plants. After a period of time, the ashes have been mixed with the soil of the place where it was planted and the roots of the seed have grown enough to continue growing without problems. You can read everything you need to know about using ashes with a Buis Urn ® here.
As a general rule, you can safely spread 20 pounds of ash per thousand square feet of garden. It should also be stated that scattering ashes in a woodland area, or placing them in the sea, has around the same effects on the surrounding environment as planting them – the only difference between scattering and using a Bios Urn ® , is that over time a tree grows, which in the long run is more conducive to the environment. We’ve address the environmental impacts of the Bios Urn ® in another post.
Did you try planting in cremation ashes and it didn´t work? Let us know in the Comments section below! We´d love to hear from you. For more tips on How to Get your Bios Urn® to Grow, click here.
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