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Air Bonsai levitating plant merges traditional art with modern technology

If levitating speakers are not new to you, how about a levitating plant? A Japanese team recently invented Air Bonsai by innovatively applying the modern levitation technology to their traditional bonsai culture. Air Bonsai is a miniature potted plant floating and rotating over a magnetic porcelain base. It is truly a piece of living art representing Zen aesthetics.

How does Air Bonsai work?

Air Bonsai has two parts– a plant vessel (aka “little star”) and a porcelain base (aka “energy base”). With the built-in magnets in both parts, the “little star” can float and rotate 2 centimeters above the “energy base”.

The little star has two versions:

  • A moss ball with sponge inserted for easy planting
  • A lightweight lava stone pot

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It holds up to 250 grams allowing for a variety of plant types from a traditional miniature pine “Matsu” to a flowering “Sakura.” You can translate your favorite local plants into the little star.

The energy base is made from traditional Japanese while porcelain “Imari”. It features a mirror top and connects with an AC adapter.

The standard set does not include the plants, but you can get the handmade sets with the one-of-the-kind design. These include a transplanted little star and a hand-crafted energy base.

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How to make your own levitating plant with Air Bonsai?

  1. Prepare your plants. Collect your plants from the field or a nursery, and clean the root with water.

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  1. Place and shape your plant in the little star. 
  • For the moss ball, poke a hole in the center, set the plant in the hole, and add soil to keep it still and balanced.

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  • For the lava stone, set your plant with plenty soil in the pot.

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  1. Test the little star on the energy base. Adjust the plant shape if necessary to achieve a balance.

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  1. Water the plants regularly and enjoy!

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Timeline and prices

Air Bonsai levitating plant launched on Kickstarter on January 16, 2016. It received $843 K crowdfunding from 3,000+ backers by March, over 1000% of its goal. A basic set costs $200 with the moss ball and $230 with the lava pot. If you’d go for the premium handmade set, it starts from $500 for different plant types. Shipping to backers will start from August 2016. To learn more, check out Air Bonsai’s Kickstarter page here. The product is now open for pre-order at its official site.  The basic set starts from $300. Click the button below to reserve yours:


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