How can you create a hanging Kokedama String Garden?


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In Japanese, the meaning of Kokedama is “moss ball.” Kokedama is a kind of bonsai that gives an attractive look and is also an easy crafting project that one can handle easily in an afternoon. Here we will share some tips Mike Madden and Robynne; they have ownership of Embark Garden, a plant design organization headquartered are in New York City. Both of these experts will give the best suggestion about how to build these hanging planters in five easy and simple steps. Without any further delay, Let’s look at the making of Kokedama. 

Making of Kokedama:

Following are some of the products that are used for making Kokedama. 

  • Water
  • Peat moss
  • Bonsai soil
  • Small plant
  • String
  • Sheet moss (it can be living or preserved)

To prevent chemical additives, Heymans always suggest using organic products whenever possible. You can buy bonsai soil and peat moss from many hydroponic stores, nurseries, or hardware shops that do orchid trading.

Suggested plants:

Below mentioned is the list of plants that experts recommend.

  • Balfour Aralia
  • Waffle plant
  • Pothos
  • Asparagus fern
  • Philodendron
  • Polka Dot plant
  • Res Begonia
  • Staghorn fern
  • Bird’s Nest fern

Prevented plants:

According to professionals, the following plants should be avoided while making Kokedama hangings.

  • Succulents
  • Ming Aralia
  • Maidenhair fern
  • Flowering plants (like orchids, avocados, peas, etc.)

Now we will begin to learn the steps of how to make Kokedama. These five steps are pretty simple and can be easily understood.

Step #1:

Take half peat moss and half bonsai soil and make a mixture of them. Stir the mixture thoroughly in plenty of water till it becomes moist.

Step #2:

 Make a ball around the roots of the plants with the soil mixture.

Step #3:

Take a sheet of moss and wrap the ball with it.

Step #4:

Use a string to cover and tie.

Step 5:

Fix one more loop of string to the hang.

How can you look out and take good care of your Kokedama?

  • Mist the kokedama every day or put a container of water and pebbles for moisture.
  • Water the Kokedama one time every three to five days on the basis of moisture and amount of light in your apartment. When the ball is dry or a little light, it is time to add water again. Never ignore watering it as leaves will start falling.
  • Water the ball in a shallow tray of water or under the tap until it seems to be heavy. Before hanging the ball up again, make sure it drips into the sink.
  • Put your Kokedama right in the window facing north; or on the window two to three feet from west, south, or east. This is because they require indirect and bright sunlight for growth.
  • In winters, stay away from radiators.
  • Cut the dead leaves off.
  • As the plant grows, expect to be replanted once every two years.