The art of Kokedama literally translates from “koke” meaning moss and “dama” meaning ball. It is a form of Japanese garden art that is centuries old and tied into the practice of bonsai. The Kokedama is the practice of taking the roots of a plant and suspending them in a mud ball, which is then coated with soft green moss. The final result is a living planter as well as a distinctive display piece. They may be fixed to a piece of driftwood or bark, suspended from a string, or nestled in a clear, attractive container. Hanging many Kokedamas is called a string moss garden. Any plant can be grown as a Kokedama and they can be arranged in the most unique ways.
Thrives in bright indirect light. Place near a south facing window, but avoid harsh sunlight to prevent drying out. Not suited for direct sun. Keep in a space with moderate temperatures.
Every week, water by submerging the ball in a bowel or container filled with water. Soak for 5-10 minutes then drain thoroughly to dry out between waterings. Monthly, mix a water-soluble fertilizer in the water you soak the moss ball in.
Sick Plant Signs
Yellow leaves, wet potting mix: Overwatering
Brown leaves, crispy leaves: Too much light
Drooping, leaf curl, leaf drop, dry potting mix: Underwatering, low moisture, low light