Here are some commonly asked questions about the use of Living Memorial.
If you can’t find the answers to any questions you have about using the Living Memorial kit then please contact us directly.
Why do I need to use a Living Memorial kit?
Cremated ashes contain valuable plant nutrients. However, these nutrients are locked within the ashes and are not readily available for plant uptake. The ashes are alkaline – i.e. have a high pH – and contain a high level of sodium salts that are harmful to plant life.
If ashes are mixed with normal soil or compost then the high pH and excessive sodium salts will make it much harder for plants to grow. The Living Memorial kit contains RTN soil which specifically targets the harmful effects of cremated ashes allowing plants to grow and thrive.
How is RTN soil different from potting soil or regular soil?
RTN soil has been specifically formulated to reduce the high pH of cremated ashes as well as neutralising the sodium salts. It also contains specific bacteria that break down the ashes to release the beneficial nutrients for use by plants.
Most potting composts and soils have a neutral pH and are not able to alter the pH found in cremated ashes to allow for the release of the nutrients. They will also not neutralise the sodium by themselves and cannot break down the ashes effectively.
Do I have to be an experienced gardener to use RTN soil?
Absolutely not. It’s designed to be used with a wide range of plants – from trees to bushes, flowers to houseplants – and can be used in conjunction with your preferred compost.
It is simple to use and requires no special treatment once it has been mixed with cremation ashes. It is not suitable for use by itself.
Can I still scatter my cremated ashes if I use RTN soil?
We recommend doing a container or in-ground planting when using RTN soil.
If scattering the organic mix combined with the cremated ashes around a plant works best for you then protect it by adding a layer of organic material such as straw or topsoil over it. This protects the blended mixture from erosion by wind, precipitation and watering.
Our research has shown that you can scatter after mixing with RTN soil but there is a catch – once the cremation ash is blended with RTN soil it needs to sit for at least a month so the ash can be reduced to organic matter.
What types of plants or trees are right for use with RTN soil?
RTN soil can be used with any variety of plantings. If your plant normally requires a special compost – such as ericaceous compost for roses and rhododendrons – then you can use this in conjunction with RTN soil.
We provide a recommended selection of plants for you to order directly in our Living Memorial kits.
Can additional cremated ashes be added to RTN soil?
Yes. One memorial can reflect multiple lives. You can even blend a person’s cremated ashes with their beloved pet’s cremated ashes to create a lasting tribute to the bond they shared in life.
It does not matter how long you have had the ashes. Cremated ashes remain stable and can be combined with RTN soil at any time to create a living, lasting memorial.
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