Kokedama, or Japenese moss balls, are really catching on. They are beautiful, compact for tight living spaces, and so easy to make at home. Here are some instructions for how you can build your own!
A small plant. Anything small will do. We’re partial to ferns, but any low-light plant will thrive in this environment.
Bonsai Soil (Akedama)
Sphagnum Moss or Peat Moss
Cotton Thread or Twine to hold it together
In your mixing bowl combine 7 parts peat moss with 3 parts bonsai soil. Wet the soil until it’s moist enough to form a ball (but not enough to make mud).
Use your soil mixture to form balls 3-6 inches in diameter depending on your preference. You may want to make kokedama of different sizes to add some extra variety to your new hanging garden. Hollow out a small pit into each ball for planting.
Remove your plants from their containers and carefully separate the plants into small sections for planting. Remove as much dirt as possible from the roots of your plants. Be gentle! You don’t want to damage the growth of the plant.
Tuck the plant’s roots into the pits you pressed in the soil balls. Not to worry if the ball crumbles some in the process, just press it back together when you’re finished.
Wrap the ball in spaghnam or peat moss to hold in moisture. If the moss is dried, you will need to reconstitute it with water, but follow the instructions on the package to do this properly.
Hold your new creation in one hand and wrap it with cotton thread or twine with the other hand. Secure with a knot to hold the kokedama together.
Attach a piece of twine on opposite sides of the ball to form a loop for hanging.
You’re finished! Make as many of these creations as your heart desires, and cover your home with this beautiful and compact planter! Be sure to keep out of areas that get a lot of sunlight—moss does not do well with a lot of light. Water once a week by dipping in water and then letting it drip dry over a sink or plate.
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