Kokedama or "moss ball" is a traditional garden art that, instead of growing the plant on the ground, utilizing moss and string to create these cute hanging ball of plants. It started to gain popularity worldwide as apart of the minimalism culture in Japan. This unconvential garden form not only add an unique taste to your house but is also a fun DIY project to do.
Read our guide below on step-to-step on how to make your own Kokedama or watch the video for further detail.
- Green peat moss or Reindeer moss.
- Succulent soil.
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Step 2. Traditional Kokedama balls use a heavy clay-based soil mixed with peat moss to ensure the moss-covered balls retain sufficient water for ferns and other ornamental plants. Since we will be making succulent Kokedama balls, we need the soil to hold some moisture, but not too much. Hence, we can just use cactus soil mix or add peat moss with the 70:30 ratio is good enough.
Step 3. Form a ball at least twice the size of the combined roots of your succulents. Once you finish, carefully break the ball of soil in half and insert the succulent roots inside.
Step 4. Use the moss to wrap around the soil ball. As you cover, begin wrapping the twine around your moss ball. Keep it tight, and pay attention to the shape you are working on at all times. Once the moss, plant and soil are fully secured by the twine, continue wrapping until you achieve the expected look. Use scissors to remove excess moss on the ball.
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Kokedama ball is super easy to make and can be great decoration in your house or office. Now you have made yourself some lovely plant ball, you might be wondering how to water them. Here is the tip: prepare a bowl of water, submerge your Kokedama in the water. Let it sit for about 5 minutes to absorb water. Start by doing this once every 10-14 days and observe the Kokedama. If the plant is happy, you can stick to this watering routine. If the succulent shows any sign of underwatering or overwatering, adjust your watering frequency accordingly.
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