Since the patented Living Urn was introduced in 2015, tens of thousands of trees have been planted with this special bio urn and planting system. In addition to The Living Urn and the many tree burials taking place, we continue to introduce new and unique eco-friendly cremation urns. This includes The Living Urn Indoors / Patio, a patented indoor or outdoor urn where a family can grow a houseplant or bonsai tree from a beautiful porcelain urn holding a loved one’s cremated ashes. This special indoor urn comes in three colors (white, blue, and beige) and can be placed on a coffee table, end table, mantle, kitchen window, patio, balcony or anywhere else you see fit. It comes in a version for people, and another version for pets.
Houseplant Memorial Options
Since we introduced The Living Urn Indoors, many families purchase the system only and visit their local nursery or grocery store to pick up a houseplant to plant with the urn. This is a great option as it gives you flexibility to purchase a houseplant that works for you and your home. Seeing this demand, we recently started offering four beautiful and popular houseplants for families to choose from – the Peace Lilly, Lucky Bamboo, Flamingo Flower, and Sago Palm. These are all hardy houseplants that require minimal maintenance and can grow and thrive in a variety of conditions. The houseplants are shipped directly from our nursery on-demand and ready to plant with The Living Urn Indoors. We also plan to add more options soon!
The Peace Lilly is a beautiful, low maintenance houseplant with showy white flowers that display a hood like sheath (a spathe). The white blooms are typically present in the Spring and can sometimes come back in the Fall. It is a perennial that is native to America’s tropical rainforests. Most Peace Lilly’s grow to about 24 to 40 inches in height and are a great addition to any home!
The Peace Lilly is a great option for the novice grower as it requires minimal care. It is recommended to keep this beautiful plant indoors within 6-10’ of a window or outdoors with no direct sunlight. It is a great indoor plant because it grows and thrives in temperatures ranging from 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The Peace Lilly also has health benefits and was recognized in a study done by NASA as one of the Top Ten Household Air Cleaning Plants!
Lucky Bamboo is a great, easy to grow option that thrives indoors! According to Feng Shui masters, bamboo brings good fortune where it is planted. In addition, in Asian cultures, it’s a symbol of happiness, wealth and longevity. This special houseplant requires moderate or indirect sunlight – direct sunlight can harm the plant. It also thrives in temperatures ranging from 65 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes for a great indoor plant!
The Flamingo Flower has a striking waxed look with dark green leaves and bright red spathe leaves, shaped like a heart. It is a wonderful addition to any home and adds beautiful and vibrant color. Native to South America, the Flamingo Flower loves high humidity so giving it a spray of water every once in a while can help. It is recommended to place this plant near windows where there’s natural light. Like the Peace Lilly, the Flamingo Flower was also named one of the top household air cleaning plants in a study done by NASA.
The Sago Palm is a great memorial option that can add a touch of the tropics to your home! It has glossy, stiff fronds that resemble a palm tree and a swollen stem that looks like a scaled bulb. It belongs to the family of cycads, an ancient plant that dates back to prehistoric times. The Sago Palm is extremely hardy and a very easy houseplant to grow indoors. Be sure to keep this out of the reach of pets, as it can be harmful if eaten.
Your Own Houseplant
There are thousands of houseplants available in various colors, shapes and sizes. If you want The Living Urn Indoors in your home, but would prefer a different option we don’t offer, you can simply purchase the system only and then visit your local nursery or grocery store to pick up a houseplant that works for you! Any houseplant in a standard four inch pot (or smaller) will fit perfect. Just follow the instructions we provide and enjoy a beautiful memorial for many years to come!
Bonsai Tree Memorial Options
Bonsais are miniaturized versions of larger trees that are designed to be grown in containers. Their origins date back over 2000 years in ancient China where they would make miniature tree landscapes, and further developed in Japan about 700 years ago where they started growing miniature trees in containers. “Bon-sai” is a Japanese word which means “planted in a container”.
The Living Urn offers five beautiful and elegant bonsai tree urn options that are hardy and easy to grow! This includes:
- Ficus Retusa: one of the most tolerant, versatile and trouble-free bonsai trees with a trunk trained in the traditional curved shape
- Braided Money: a token of good luck and good fortune, this resilient tree can grow and thrive in a variety of conditions
- Hawaiian Umbrella: a tropical-looking bonsai with glossy green leaves that are shaped like umbrellas that form a dense canopy
- Traditional Windswept Juniper: a dwarf juniper that originates from Japan is one of the most popular evergreens in the U.S.
- Trained Tiered Juniper: excellent for the beginner and with a unique tiered shape, these special trees are hardy and long-lived
All of the bonsai trees we offer are great additions to any home or patio and can grow and thrive for many, many years!
Flower Memorial Option
Another option that can add an array of color to your home is to place cut flowers in the center of The Living Urn Indoors. These can be switched out regularly and honor your loved one or pet during each season. Place special flowers in the urn to honor a loved one’s birthday, a holiday, season, anniversary, or any special date of your choosing!