Do the cholla wood pieces require any preparation?
As an all natural product, the genuine Cholla Wood from SunGrow is thoroughly dried before being shipped. Although we do obtain our cholla wood pieces from sources known to be free of impurities, pesticides or other pollutants, you may want to give them a quick rinse before placing in your tillandsia just to be on the extra safe side. If you are planning to use the cholla wood in an underwater environment, it is recommended to boil and soak the wood so that it sinks to the bottom.
What else can I use the cholla wood for?
Besides being a rustically beautiful decoration and air plant holder, the cholla wood pieces from SunGrow can also be used for a variety of other things. They are perfect for making hand crafted gifts, do-it-yourself home decor and craft projects for kids. Shrimp, small fish and other aquatic pets love to swim around and hide in the cholla wood pieces when placed in an aquarium.
Is the cholla wood safe for other plants and pets?
Safe for all pets and plants, SunGrow Cholla Wood for Air Plants is natural, chemical-free, organic and thorn-free. Being the dried husk of the cholla cactus, these soft and hollow wood tubes make excellent chew toys for birds, hamsters, reptiles and other small pets
- ✔ READY TO GO AND GROW — Depending on your air plant’s final home, you have little to no prep work. As soon as you receive your cholla wood pieces from SunGrow, you’re ready to go and watch your air plant grow. These 6 pieces of 2″ (5cm) long cholla wood have hollow centers and a diameter of 1.5″ (3.8cm).
- ✔ WORKS GREAT WITH BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR GARDENS — Naturally grown and pesticide-free, the genuine cholla wood pieces are actually the dried husk of the cholla cactus. As an organic element, these decorative fragments of cholla wood look and handle wonderfully in both wet and dry environments and indoor and outdoor settings.
- ✔ FUN TO PERSONALIZE FOR A CREATIVE GIFT — The all natural cholla wood pieces have a raw, rustic appearance that makes them perfect for using as a base in your very own DIY project. Children love to paint these textured pieces of wood to create fun, personalized gifts such as adorable air plant pots or candle holders. Hobbyists like to maintain the organic beauty and use them without any paint to add a more South-western character
- ✔ ADD GREEN TO HOME WITH A LOW-MAINTENANCE PLANT — Easy to care for air plants or bromeliads present best in a home that is equally as easy to maintain. The attractive cholla wood vessels require almost no maintenance. If you plan to use them in an underwater environment, it is recommended to rinse, boil and soak the cholla wood pieces before installing them.
- ✔ USE TO CREATE A UNIQUE HABITAT — You don’t have to be an expert horticulturist to care for a thriving air plant or bromeliad making them an excellent living decoration in any home or office. Adding bright and eclectic air plants into the centered hollow of the simple and stylish SunGrow Cholla Wood is an easy way to bring life to a bedroom, tabletop or lobby. They even look great in vibrant aeriums, fish aquariums, shrimp tanks and more.
Here on Okinawa we have all kinds of beaches, including (but not limited to) NATURAL SAND beaches, MAN-MADE beaches, CONGLOMERATE beaches, GLASS beaches, PEBBLE beaches, CAVE & POOL beaches, DRIFTWOOD beaches, SHELL beaches, SAND DOLLAR beaches, and…well… CONCRETION beaches.
Yes, I know it’s wacky, but lets cover the subject and move on. As you know, some people will collect anything, and that includes mentally unstable nut jobs in their early 60s who can’s resist picking up rocks that look like, uhhhh… FOSSILIZED CAT POO.
The above photo shows some of the hard-rock concretions picked up from a single 20-minute pass along a single beach on WEST COAST OKINAWA.
Everything in the photo is from two-to-seven inches in length, and was sitting on top of the sand, right along with the sea shells and driftwood.
Here are some smaller pieces found during the same pass along the beach : ♥ www.flickr.com/photos/okinawa-soba/16527975179/
Since all I could see in front of me was 100% coral sea rocks rising high off the coral-strewn tidal flats, I wondered where all of these strange little rocks came from.
And then I saw it. The rocky bluff at the far end of the beach was a huge pillar of yellow-orange SANDSTONE.
"POOP ROCKS" WITH LUMPS, WARTS, MOLES, and TUMORS
Being born from the edges of the eroding strata were lots and lots of these weird, bumpy, knobby little rocks that seemed to have no relation to the material that was giving them birth. However, geologists say otherwise.
According to them, all kinds of chemicals in the Sandstone migrate to certain spots for various reasons, and begin to make new and different stones within the old, hardening layers of Sandstone.
And, as the wind, waves, and rain wear away the sandstone bluffs, out pop these little monsters !
My friend calls them "CAT POOP ROCKS".
My daughter’s friend found one that looked like a little GINGER-BREAD MAN.
Too bad the above photo is in 2-D. The rounded, knobby, three-axis growth of some of these things would best be captured in 3-D. However, my pic is enough to make my point :
For such a small island, Okinawa has a lot of weird stuff.
♥ CONCRETIONS — MOTHER & BABIES : www.flickr.com/photos/okinawa-soba/16653136225/
♥ CONCRETIONS LARGE & SMALL, SOON TO BE BORN : www.flickr.com/photos/okinawa-soba/16653137195/
♥ CONCRETIONS ON FLICKr : www.flickr.com/search/?q=Concretions
♥ HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN ? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concretion
Although my posts on this subject highlight only two beaches, there are actually many places on Okinawa where sandstone concretions may be seen, and with varying levels of difficulty, fine specimens collected.
PHOTO NOTES : Concretions laid on a piece of brown construction paper. Camera in my right hand, flashlight in the left hand.
MY WIFE stands to my right holding another flashlight to give better illumination. She is saying, "…Why do I have to do this ? What is this for ? What are those things ? How come you’re doing this ? I’ve got things to do. Can I go now ?…."
I don’t know who suffers the most. Me, or my wife….
By Okinawa Soba (Rob) on 2015-03-04 19:22:33