The innovative COCOON planting technology enables trees and plants to grow in arid conditions, revitalizing ecosystems and communities.
- Low-cost – 10 x cheaper than traditional tree planting
- 100% biodegradable – COCOON dissolves into organic substrate for the plant
- Low maintenance – after planting, NO follow up irrigation or maintenance
The COCOON is designed to support a seedling through its critical first year. By providing water and shelter while stimulating the seedling to produce a healthy and deep root structure, tapping into the sub-surface water supply within its first year. This way, the COCOON produces independant, strong trees which are not reliant on external irrigation and can survive harsh conditions.
The water reservoir
The water reservoir is made of paper pulp, crop residuals or grasses and other FDA improved organic compounds to ensure water tightness during the first year. It is only filled once during planting. Water is sparsely transported to the tree using wicks. As the reservoir degrades and empties over time, the remaining shallow pits will serve as a micro-catchment to collect surface runoff during rain events. Additionally, the degraded reservoir becomes organic substrate ameliorating the soil.
Sourced from the Land Life Company website: http://www.landlifecompany.com/products.html The linked site shows a short video with instructions on how to use the device.
If the “cocoon” is not available for sale in Australia, perhaps one could consider making a similar device using wastepaper Papier-mâché containers. It shouldn’t be too hard to construct some moulds.