Just started a new hobby. Literally new. Something that Hubba and I can do together. Grow and cultivate together.
We chanced on this when shopping at a bookstore to get my Frixion pen refills. There was this entire section dedicated to plants and it was all in Japanese. Haa… So I had to translate. And that was when we got intrigued… Coz it all seemed too convenient.
What is Shippon? Basically it’s a plant that grow on the back of a cute animal pet. And from the back a nice piece of string flows down like part of the animal’s tail where it is placed in the cup it comes with. Connected to the string on the back of the animal is a type of absorbent that helps to suck up the water from the cup to feed your seedlings water. So in other words it’s pretty self-supportive. All you need to do is make sure that the cup has enough water.
After just 2-3 days Hubba’s basil started to sprout!
Encouraged I went to check out the site on the various products available (the bookstore didn’t have them all) and found one called PetPet. I like the Japanese play of words in this name coz “pet” is also an abbreviation for PET bottle in Japanese. It is a slightly upgraded version that draws water from a bottle instead of a cup. Lovely! So we don’t risk breeding mozzies. So I got mine just now after my mock exam and set it up the moment I got home.
Fingers crossed for this as it seems to be a slightly different set up from Hubba’s Shippon. The string tail doesn’t seem to be as absorbent and the soil is more pebbly. I’ve had to wet the soil twice now so I hope it doesn’t dry out.
If you wanna know more, you can find out about these products from Seishin, the company responsible for these cuties, through this site and their staff blog. Unfortunately it’s all in Japanese but I think pictures tell a thousand words. The newest one available is called Chuppon whose setup is similar to Shippon but uses a plastic straw (at the animal’s mouth) and doesn’t provide a cup – you need to provide your own.
I shall be blogging about my plant’s growth for a while so watch this space.