Here’s another great garden craft that is new to me, but not new at all. Kokedama is a Japanese craft, similar to bonsai, where plant roots are covered with a small amount of soil and wrapped in moss. Many are hung near a window with twine or cotton string. Others are simply displayed on a pretty dish or tray.
Easy Kokedama: Moss Ball String Garden
The traditional method for kokedama requires a special mix of soil with clay used for bonsai plants, but I thought that simply covering the plants with moss using their existing soil would work, and it’s a much easier process.
Purchase plants that will do well in the area where you will be keeping them. My plants will be in a window that gets indirect lighting, so I went with two ferns and a small orchid. If you have a space with bright light I think succulents would be a good option, as they need little water.
Prepare your plant by watering well early in the day, or the night before. Then remove it from its pot, shake off the excess dirt, trim any wayward roots, and gently mold it into a ball shape.
Next take some sheet moss and cover the roots.
Using waxed twine, wrap the moss up firmly around the root ball, crisscrossing, similar to rolling a ball of yarn, until the moss is held in place.
You can then display the plant on a dish or tray, or, make a hanging string garden. To hang the moss balls, use two pieces of jute that cross underneath, and tie together at the top. I hung them from simple white nails at the top of the window.
This way I can easily remove them for watering, which I plan to do by soaking them in water for a few minutes, about once a week if needed. They should be very light by the time they need to be watered. I also have a little mister which I can use to keep them hydrated.
It’s so nice to have this pretty greenery to look at while I’m working, and they were so easy to make. Wouldn’t they make a nice gift?