In case you weren’t able to attend the Kokedama Workshop we hosted earlier this month, we thought we’d share a little information about their history and process here on the blog!
First and foremost, what the heck is a kokedama? Kokedama literally means “moss ball” when translated into English. Sometimes called “poor man’s bonsai”, it is similar to the art of bonsai but is generally more accessible and takes less time. Traditionally, the ball consists of Akadama soil and peat (keto), which is then wrapped in moss using twine or wire.
Plants well-suited to kokedama are typically moisture- and shade-loving plants such as ferns, pothos, philodendron and ivy. This makes them ideal for use as indoor plants. Kokedama are typically displayed on decorative plates, although they can be placed in a number of decorative vessels or even hung from string.
In general, kokedama require regular water and indirect light. It is best to soak them rather than misting to ensure even wetting of the soil. If you choose to make kokedama with succulents (like pictured above) keep in mind they will require very little water – no more than once a week, and misting is a good option for these plants, as they have shallow, surface-level roots. These will also require more light which poses the potential of discoloring the sheet moss.
Ready to make your own kokedama? Check out the video below!