ID of Japanese organic container

Discussion in 'Soils, Fertilizers and Composting' started by johnnyjumpup, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. johnnyjumpup

    johnnyjumpup Active Member

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    Several years ago in Kyoto I bought a small fern in what looks like a charcoalized tree trunk, about 3 inches high x 3 inches across. Like the moss balls with bonsai-ed trees, shrubs, etc. these had to be watered daily and there was a wide variety of plants offered including small Japanese maples.

    The top is hollowed out to accept the plant. I have planted my own plugs in it over the years with varying success (appropriate plugs difficult to get locally). I am really curious to know what the container is made of. It's obviously organic, but the bottom cross section does not look like a tree. I wondered if it might be some kind of gourd like vegetable.
     

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    joclyn Rising Contributor

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    kind of reminds me of loofa
     
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    Same here, though my loofah has much bigger holes in the cross section, so I wondered if it were another member of the family. I'm pretty certain it is not a tree, but I don't know what a cross section of a palm tree looks like. I know it's not a cattail and the photos I seen of lotus don't look like the "bark". I have a feeling I've seen such a crosssection somewhere a long time ago but I can't put my finger on it.
     

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