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On very rare occasions, maybe once or twice a year, the Sonoran desert in Baja California will become inundated with flash floods, created by water travelling from mountains over 100 kilometres away. The effect this has on the landscape is remarkable. Flowers burst into life after having laid dormant for thirty years; insects burst from the ground, searching for new food; and cacti swell, in some cases doubling in size.
We can see the remarkable effect that water has on plants very clearly when they sit in a [1012 ] Terra case. Surprisingly, a succulent thrives quite well with nothing but water, taking only as much as it needs. Given the perfect conditions, a happy [1012 ] Terra plant can produce up to 1012 (that is, one trillion) cells per day: about as much as a human thumb.
[1012 ] Terra cases are not only beautiful ways to display your plants, but an opportunity to think about the most essential life-force of all: water. How it moves and how it stands still. To contain this water, these cases have to be little feats of engineering in and of themselves. Hand-made by Japanese artisans, the soldered iron is covered so precisely by glass panes that it neither leaks nor rusts. Everything is perfectly, prismatically, contained. An ecosystem of its own.
All items are handmade to order in Japan.
We have our own small (but growing) collection of [1012 ] Terra succulents growing in our Amsterdam store: come and take a look. Alternatively, you can browse our shop online.