Willow Magazine CREATING LIFE - Page 84

5 Tips for Planting the Placenta

We originally looked at capsules and tinctures but in 3rd trimester decided on a lotus inspired birth instead. Following labour we kept the placenta attached for 6 hours until all of the cord blood had passed to Leonardo, and the cord had gone white! It was a good feeling, knowing all of those nutrients and energy had passed to our baby. The placenta was then frozen and when the time was right we opted for a tree-planting ceremony in the backyard of our home. We were so pleased we kept our baby's placenta and did something with it. It felt so grounding and earthy to celebrate as a family and plant a tree for our little boy.

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Choose a Location.

Firstly you need to decide on a location. You can plant it in the ground if you own your home and are planning on being there long-term, or you could choose a family member's garden. You can also choose to pot your tree if you are renting or not sure how long you will be in your current home.

We decided to pot our baby's special tree in a glazed terracotta pot 40cm tall so that we can take it with us to the next house and eventually plant it somewhere we plan to 'grow deep roots' as a family.

If planting in a pot you could consider terracotta or a plastic pot (can be easier to transplant later as you can cut a plastic pot along the side) and ensure you go for minimum 40cm height 40cm diameter - bigger than this would be better (up to 60 cm tall), smaller is not recommended as you need enough room for some roots to grow. Check the pot has drainage holes to prevent the roots from becoming too moist or rotting.

When choosing a location ensure there will be enough sunlight for your tree - the tree we chose (lemon) needs about 6 hours of light per day.

IMAGE CREDIT: Ingrid Pullen