Kokedama - Moss Balls

What is Kokedama?


Kokedama, which translates to "moss ball" in English, is a unique and artistic way of planting ornamental plants. Originating in Japan, this gardening technique combines elements of the bonsai and kusamono planting styles, creating a visually appealing moss-covered ball of soil where plants can thrive. Today, Kokedama has gained popularity in Japanese gardens and beyond.

Kokedama can be made using a variety of plants, from established houseplants to cuttings or seasonal selections. These moss balls can be displayed in various ways, from trays to vintage containers, with some enthusiasts even adding cloches for extra charm and moisture retention. Hanging Kokedama is another common display method, using twine or macrame hangers to showcase these moss-wrapped plants.


To create your own Kokedama, you will need supplies like peat moss, potting soil, sheet moss, string, scissors, and a bowl. Select plants with small root systems for best results, such as pothos, philodendron, or ferns. 

Steps to DIY


1. Prepare the soil mixture by combining potting soil, peat moss, and clay in a bowl with water.

2. Shape the soil mixture into a firm ball, ensuring it holds together without being too wet.

3. Gently remove the plant from its container, clean the roots, and place it inside the soil ball.

4. Close the ball around the plant, shaping it into a round form.

5. Wrap the ball with moss and secure it with string or twine, creating a hanger if desired.

Care Guide

Taking care of Kokedama involves regular watering, with the ball feeling light as a sign that it needs to be submerged in water. Plants that thrive in medium to full shade are ideal for Kokedama, as direct sunlight may cause damage. With proper care and attention, Kokedama can be a beautiful and unique addition to your indoor or outdoor garden.

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