Nothing going on without moss! You can take that literally at Kokedama, because for the trendy Decoration trend from Japan our favorite plants are simply planted in green moss balls. Not only does it look fascinating, it is also very sustainable because no planters are required. The best: Making Kokedama yourself is relatively easy! As the DIY Kokedama is working? Which plants are suitable for this? And what to do in taking care of the stylish plant decoration should be noted, please contact us.
What is Kokedama?
Kokedama is a modern technique of Japanese plant design. The name is made up of the two Japanese terms “koke” (moss) and “dama” (ball) and describes the core element of the decoration trend: one Ball of moss from which a plant grows. Originally it was a bonsai tree, because Kokedama was developed by people who could not afford the expensive bonsai pots, but who did not want to do without the representative trees. This is why the Kokedama bonsai used to be known as the “poor people’s bonsai”.
The creative planting technique However, it has developed a lot in recent years and experienced a real boom. In the meantime, a wide variety of plants are used for Kokedama and the green moss balls have migrated from their decorative bowls to lofty heights. Also known as floating plants they are very popular in Japan and are also conquering more and more rooms, balconies and gardens in our country.
5 reasons we love Kokedama
People all over the world celebrate Kokedama and share their decorating ideas with others on Instagram or Pinterest. But what is it that makes the planted moss balls so charming? Here are five reasons why the decoration trend from Japan could find its way into your home: Kokedama is …
- decorative: The planted moss balls are real eye-catchers – regardless of whether they hang down from the ceiling or stand on the windowsill or the patio table.
- space saving: Kokedama is perfect for small rooms as the moss balls can be easily hung.
- sustainable: The creative planting idea works without a plant pot.
- easy to care for: The moss balls have to be dipped about once a week in order to adequately water the moss and the plant.
- individually: Making Kokedama yourself is relatively easy, so you can quickly give your favorite plants a trendy upgrade.
Especially when you are planning a DIY Kokedama, the question arises: which plants are suitable? The most important criterion is size. The plant should be as small as possible – and stay like the mini bonsai trees in the Japanese original. It is also an advantage if you can manage with little water. For example, you can use the following plants for your Kokedama:
- Green plants: Ivy, ferns, candlestick, monstera minima, ornamental grasses
- Succulents: Echeveria, sedum plant, houseleek
- Flowering plants: Bromeliads, flamingo flowers, Orchids, pansies, dwarf roses
- Bulb flowers (only seasonal!): botanical tulips, hyacinths, daffodils
Tip: When your onion flower kokedama has bloomed, you can plant it out in the garden together with the moss ball and enjoy the splendor of flowers again next spring.
Location & care
There are many ways to decorate with Kokedama plants – both inside and outside the home. The location depends primarily on the needs of the plant, but should also be selected with a view to the moss. Are best suited bright, warm and sheltered places without direct sunlightso that the moss doesn’t dry out too quickly. It stays especially fresh and green if you regularly spray your Kokedama with water or choose a location with high humidity.
To the plant in the moss ball “to water”, place the moss ball in a bowl of water for a few minutes so that it can soak up. Then let it drain well and squeeze it out gently before hanging it up or putting it down again. You can tell whether the Kokedama has to be watered by the weight of the ball: If it is light, another dive is on the agenda!
In order for your plant to get enough nutrients, you should fertilize once a month. To do this, simply add a water-soluble plant fertilizer to the immersion water. Caution: Half of the recommended amount is sufficient for Kokedamas!
DIY: Make Kokedama yourself
Whether for your own home or as an individual present: A Kokedama gives joy – especially if it was designed by yourself. You can find out what you need for this and how to tie your Kokodama here.
Must-haves: materials & tools
- a suitable plant (see above)
- fresh moss slabs
- Flower or bonsai soil with peat or peat substitute as well as loamy soil
- Flower wire in green or nylon cord for the invisible variant, alternatively package cord or hemp cord
- Wipeable tablecloth or tarpaulin
DIY instructions: In 5 steps to your own Kokedama
When you have all the utensils together, you can start: it is best to cover your work area with the wipeable tablecloth or tarpaulin to avoid stains from earth, moss or water. Then put everything ready on it and just follow ours Step-by-step instructions!
- Step: expose the root ball
Take the plant out of its pot and gently expose the roots by removing as much soil as possible from the root ball.
- Step: shape the globe
Then mix the above-mentioned types of soil in a bowl or directly on the tarpaulin and gradually add a little water. Knead the mass until you can form a solid ball out of it. This shouldn’t be too big, but big enough to accommodate the roots. When the ball is so firm that you can drop it onto the plate without it falling apart, the earth mass is the perfect consistency.
- Step: work in roots
Then press a hole into the ball from above, creating a kind of bowl in which you can put the roots of your plant. Then shape the soil back into a solid ball that evenly surrounds the root ball.
- Step: apply a layer of moss
Now spread the largest sheet of moss on the table with the green side down. Place the globe in the middle and fold the sides of the plate upwards so that the moss layer surrounds the globe. If there are still spaces, add more pieces of moss so that the ball looks nice and green everywhere.
- Step: fix the moss
Then wrap the whole thing with wire or thread. It is advisable to build in overlaps or knots at regular intervals to ensure the long-term stability of your Kokedama. Finished!
Pimp your kokedama
If the green all-over look is too monotonous (in the long run), you can too Coconut fiber grab instead of moss for the outer layer or take the planted ball with you decorative cords wrap around. You have the choice whether you decorate the moss or coconut ball rather sparsely or even completely cover it with a colorful string.
If you don’t have enough time, patience or skill to try your hand at a Kokedama, you can of course also buy the planted moss balls. They are now available from many florists and can also be found online Buy Kokedama and bring the living trend into your own four walls.
Decorate with Kokedama
Would you rather hang it up or stand it up? That is the question with the Kokedama. The answer depends on personal taste, the circumstances and also on the plant that you want to showcase.
Green plants for example are potential high performers. As a Kokedama at lofty heights, they look exceptionally beautiful – especially when their leaves tendril downwards. Perfect for adding an extra dose of exoticism to the indoor plant trend “Urban Jungle”! A moss ball with one larger blooming flower however comes on one Decorative tray or is particularly effective in a beautiful bowl.
But Kokedama is not only a real highlight indoors. Also outside can be enchanted by the moss balls – for example on a pergola or on the balcony, effectively hung from a branch in the tree or as a table decoration at a garden party. Let your creativity take over your mind and body! The only important thing is the location sheltered from the wind and not too sunny is.
Reading tip: If you are looking for further tips and ideas for your green favorites, you can get inspiration for the planting of your balcony or garden here.