Kokedama. You’ve heard of it, or you are looking at the word you’ve just read in amazement. Understandable! A Kokedama is literally translated into English as moss ball. And that’s exactly what it is. A moss-covered ball of earth in which a plant grows.
The origin of the Kokedama lies in Japan, where the Kokedama is really seen as a plant style. Nowadays you can find Kokedamas in almost all Japanese gardens.
What do you need to make a Kokedama?
- 1 tropical plant
- Bucket or large container
- Iron wire or rope
- Watering can with water
Step-by-step plan for making a Kokedamas
Start with a large layer of potting soil in a bucket or plastic container.
For making a Kokedama it is useful that the potting soil is sticky. Therefore add a good splash of water to the potting compost.
Use your hands to make a big ball out of the potting compost mixture. Make sure the ball is big enough to cover with moss.
Is the base of the ball formed? Then press one hole in the ball with a finger. This is where the plant will be.
Place the plant in the hole. Then gently push the ball closer again.
Then cover the ball with moss.
To keep the moss well around the ball of potting soil, it is best to tie the moss with rope or iron wire.
And your own Kokedama is ready! Easy, fun and a special eye-catcher for your interior.
Tip! After a few weeks, the moss is well enough rooted. If you want, you can carefully cut the iron wire or rope loose.
Taking care of the Kokedama
A plant needs water. Even if the plant is surrounded by soil and moss, like in a Kokedama. Make sure you keep the moss moist. Go around the Kokedama at least once a week with the plant sprayer.
If all goes well, the plant in the Kokedama is a tropical plant. The plant can withstand the humidity of the moss and the soil. If you are busy with the plant sprayer, it is also wise to mist the plant.
A Kokedama doesn’t need plant nutrition.