The Groasis Waterboxx® plant cocoon is an instrument that supports plants and trees to survive in difficult circumstances without using groundwater or electricity. It collects water by catching rainwater, and also by producing and catching water from condensation. It subsequently distributes the collected water over an extended period, to the tree growing in the center of the Waterboxx® plant cocoon. Furthermore, it stimulates the capillary formation of the soil; prevents the evaporation of groundwater; steadies the temperature around the roots; fights competitive weeds near the planted tree; and can even prevent damage by rodents. In this way, the Groasis Waterboxx® plant cocoon stimulates optimal growth of the young tree.
Goal 2: achieve food security by allowing farmers to plant in areas where it was impossible before due to climate conditions and lack of water.
Intended users range from home gardeners, landscapers, farmers, and environmentalists fighting deforestation around the world.
Groasis Waterboxx is mass produced at various manufacturing plants.
The Groasis Technology consists of 5 patents, owned by 4 different companies and private persons.
Users can obtain the Groasis Waterboxx through the various distributors found here.
Over 1 million have been sold as of 2016.
The Groasis Waterboxx PlantCocoon® works anywhere there is intermittent dew and intermittent rainfall. The Waterboxx needs to be filled with fifteen liters (slightly less than four gallons) of water at set-up. The Waterboxx comes with a pre-drilled hole for one wick. With one wick and proper setup, and intact Waterboxx should not need refilling for trees. The Waterboxx will release differing amounts of water based on how thirsty the plant is (averaging 50 mL released per day), so a tree poorly suited for the area may use water faster. However, we have grown water-hungry sequoias in drought conditions in the Midwest with the Waterboxx, without the Waterboxx going dry.
When gardening with the Waterboxx, you should generally insert at least one wick per plant. Extra holes will need to be drilled with a 3/16 inch drill bit. In this case, the Waterboxx may need manual refilling every one week to one month in dry climates. In wetter climates (e.g. Pacific Northwest, or the area east of Mississippi River), you will likely not need to refill the Waterboxx, even with more than one wick, after set-up.
Full instructions on how to use the Groasis Waterboxx can be found here.
Provided directly by Groasis and affiliate companies.
Replacement wicks are included.
Studies have shown a 90% survival rate of trees using the Groasis Waterboxx.
University of Valladolid and Mohamed Premier University.
We are not aware of any safety concerns surrounding the Waterboxx.
Liu, M., Li, Z., & Ren, W. (2014). Research on the effect of waterboxx technology on Haloxylon ammodendron afforestation in arid and semiarid areas. Advanced Science, Engineering and Medicine, 6(2), 236-239.
Evaluation of the Groasis Waterboxx is based on water saved, plant success rate, and the climate and geographic conditions plants are able to live in compared to plants and trees without the Waterboxx.
The Groasis Waterboxx® plant cocoon is the 2010 Best of What’s New Innovation of the Year by Popular Science. Additional awards and recognition can be viewed here.
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