InVaso is a unique planter concept straight from the mind of designer Stefano Claudio Bison. The idea is an interesting one – in theory, making the vessel from sponge, a porous material that is excellent at holding water, you create a pot that might store water and nutrients and release them to the plant over time. In essence, a true “self watering” planter.
However, there are a few flaws that might call the functionality of InVaso into question. First, if the sponge is more absorbent than the soil inside, it would actually suck water away from the plant. I imagine drainage would be awful. And, no doubt, it would become pretty gross and saturated with salt build up over time. The upside to that being that it would be very easy to clean!
Also, what is with cacti and succulents being the poster child of plant models? A cacti is a plant that definitely does not need to be in a vessel that remains moist most of the time, not to mention hates poor drainage. Instead, it seems InVaso is something that might actually provide a good environment to a plant that likes to be very wet and even appreciates high humidity. In any case, I commend Bison’s creativity, and recognize that experiments like this are what lead to breakthroughs in the world of caring for our plant friends more effectively.
Photos © Stefano Claudio Bison