|Red Oak, grown from seed, May 2013|
The oak has survived its first winter in northern Indiana quite well (and the winter of 2013-2014 here was the worst in decades) due to the insulating effect of the Waterboxx during temperature extremes. The Waterboxx basin is of course self refilling from dew and rain water. Here we see the Waterboxx planted oak after about one year of in ground growth and around 18 months of age. As you can see, the canopy has more than doubled in size, and the tree is both healthy and robust. The tree is also about three times as high. Of note, the tree did receive minor damage in a hail storm a few months before this photo was taken, but the Waterboxx survived without a scratch.
|Red Oak, grown from Seed, July 2014|
Because the Waterboxx can be left in place until the tree outgrows it. One of the reasons the Waterboxx is so effective is because it allows the tree to be planted immediately in its final location. The Oak's tap root have been induced to dive deep in search of capillary water, providing life sustaining water during drought. The deep roots also prevent uprooting during storms.
|May 9, 2015 - the Waterboxx will now be removed and the tree will survive on its own due to its deep Waterboxx induced roots.|
The Groasis Waterboxx allows trees to be planted in a much more natural manner, as seen in the video below.
We will continue to update this page with photos of the growing red oak, planted from seed and grown with the Groasis Waterboxx.
If you would like to learn how to grow plants without watering with the Waterboxx, the best resource is the book The Waterboxx Gardener: How to Mimic Nature, Stop Watering, and Start Enjoying Your Garden available here on Amazon.com.