Kokedama are something we have noticed crop up more and more on our instagram feed and whilst wondering in an out of beautiful plant shops in Brighton Laines. Simplistic and a bit quirky, these unusual living ornaments can add a touch of japanese class to your living space.
Kokedama originated from 17th century Japan, they are basically a ball of soil covered in moss in which an ornamental plant grows. Kokedama literally translates to moss ball in Japanese – Koke (moss) Dama (ball) and the Japanese would display theirs on an alter-like paltform however modern versions are seeing these beautiful living ornaments hanging and creating string gardens.
This was our summer fascination to add to our urban jungles, (well maybe more Kate’s but Becca wasn’t hard to get on board!). As usual we couldn’t just buy some of the beautiful Kokedama we had seen around, we had to try making them for ourselves. So here is our step-by-step, tried and tested guide to making your own Kokedama.
What you will need…
- A plant!
- Sphagnum Moss
Start by surrounding the rootball of your chosen plant with appropriate soil, ie if it’s a succa you will need a more sandy based soil.
You will need to moisten the soil enough for it to clump firmly into a ball. Bare in mind your plant will remain in this Kokedama for a year or so – make a large enough ball of soil to allow for growing room.
Sphagnum moss often comes in dried compact form, often used for reptile bedding. Moisten your soil and cover your soil ball with a thick layer of moss.
Warning this is the tricky part! Once you have achieved your moss ball it is time to fasten in place. We used twine for this, mainly to hide our moss as it was brown, if your moss is a lovely green you may want to use a thinner thread. Wrap your ball with twins or thread until you achieve a finish you are happy with.
Water your Kokedama according to your plants needs, bare in mind if the moss becomes very hard it is likely the soil is dry, the moss is a fantastic gauge as to when your plant needs watering.
You can add a loop of twine to hang your Kokedama or sit it in a pretty bowl!
If you dont fancy making a mess at home (this was a very messy project!) the ever amazing Geo-Fleur run regular in-house workshops so you can make your own with a expert assistance! Alternatively you can buy readymade ones instore from Spiderplant and WorkShop and online from Geo-Fleur!
Let us know what you think of Kokedama and if you make one please tag us in the photo on Instagram or Facebook so we can see!
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