A rounded based plant surrounded by moss, is how I can very briefly describe how a Kokedama looks like. There are some people that think this might be an evolved form of a bonsai, but for me it is like a mini- ecosystem as round and almost as perfect as our planet Earth.
These plants are very easy to do and take care of. And the best part is that they can go almost anywhere in your home like a hanging garden. The selection of plants is of your choice, thought I recommend to keep in mind the place where this Kokedame is going to be living: direct sunlight, indirect, etc.
Because this project is so easy to do, I’m going to give you a step-by-step with photos. This way you’ll have a better idea on how to do it.
|All you need for a Kokedame are a good potting mix (I use organic), peat moss, sheet moss , plants of your choice and some string rope. I bought all of these materials at Home Depot.|
|I made a mix of 3/4 potting mix and 1/4 peat moss and pour some water over the mix until the consistency was strongly enough to hold into a ball shape.|
|Before placing the plant in the ball, I remove all the soil it had from the previous pot.|
|Making a hole on the dirt ball, I placed the plant and its roots on it and proceeded to close it with my fingers.|
|You should end-up having something like this|
|After I finished placing the plant inside the ball and molding it to make sure it holds its shape, I started placing the sheet moss around my dirt ball.|
|To finish it all, I wrapped my moss ball with some string rope. The beauty of this step comes on trying to be as creative as one can with the way you wrap the ball. There is right or wrong way. It just works out like a piece of art.|
|After my Kokedama was finished, I dunk the little fuzzy ball on water for 2 minutes to let it absorb some water. Remember to spray it with water , maybe once every other day.|
|Here is the recap step-by-step of the Kokedama.|
So there you have it, your own little moss world. So peaceful and full of life it is an astonishing thing to look at. Hope you like this tutorial and if so, drop me a comment. I would love to read you! I’m also sharing this tutorial on Remodelaholic. They are having a “Link party“, so jump in the fun.
AnonymousMay 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm
Hi i am Estela, i love this idea. I want to bring plants into my living room but it has to be high area away from little hands.The staghorn was great too, isaw the post and it gave me the push i needed to hang my olive woods.Found your site through pinterest with your pinecone project and just had to check out all your post. I love your bathroom,since i saw it i want small ladder for mine. Thank you for the great projects.Bye for now
Gloribell LebrónMay 7, 2013 at 6:11 pm
Hello Estela! I am so, so glad you are finding my blog so useful. That is why I made it. I'm trying to maintain a balance between tutorials and interior design ideas. Hope to see you more often around here. If there is something in particular you would like to read, please feel free to write me. Again, you made my whole month with your comment! Thank you!!!
Gloribell (I don't know how she does it)
Jackie BJune 1, 2013 at 4:24 am
Love this idea! Thinking of some hanging herbs. Thanks for sharing!
LaToyaJune 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm
Gloribell LebrónJune 21, 2013 at 5:37 pm
Thank you for the visit Jackie! Hope your hanging herbs turn out beautifully!
Gloribell LebrónJune 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm
Thank you LaToya. I surely appreciate your kind comment!
AnonymousSeptember 9, 2013 at 3:39 am
how do you suggest watering it?
Gloribell LebrónSeptember 10, 2013 at 3:57 pm
Hello! I just take it down and let it rest in a pile of water for a couple of minutes (enough for it to absorb). Let me know if you have any other doubt. Thanks for stopping by.
RamabhadranJune 7, 2018 at 8:03 pm
Easy to follow tutorial regarding kokedama. Thanks.