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They are extremely decorative and unusual: Kokedama are the new decoration trend from Japan, where the small plant balls have been enjoying great popularity for a long time. Translated, Kokedama means "moss ball" - and that's exactly what they are: fist-sized moss balls, for example, from which a decorative houseplant grows, without a pot. A Kokedama not only looks elegant, it is also very easy to design.
For your Kokedama you need:
Prepare plants and crafting materials for your Kokedama
- a small, decorative potted plant, which gets along with little water
- fresh moss slabs (available from florists or collected by yourself)
- Flower or bonsai soil with peat or peat substitute, for orchids instead orchid substrate and a coffee filter
- Flower wire in green or nylon cord for the invisible variant, alternatively cord, hemp cord or other decorative cords
Get all the materials ready and carefully plant the plant. Shake loose soil from the roots (if necessary, rinse gently under the tap) and shorten long roots a little.
Wrap the stuffed mini orchid with moss
Put a few handfuls of soil in a bowl and knead them with water to a ball that fits in proportion to the plant. Press a hole in the middle and insert the plant. Then press the earth firmly and shape it into a ball again. Alternatively, you can cut the ball in half with a knife, add the plant and put the halves back together. Attention: Orchids do not tolerate conventional potting soil! Here's an easy trick: Put the orchid into a coffee filter with some orchid substrate. Then form the filter into a ball and continue as described.
Wrap the moss ball with string
To make a Kokedama out of the substrate ball, place the moss slabs around the globe and wrap the string or wire across it so that no gaps are visible and everything is well secured. If you use green flower wire or a thin nylon cord (fishing line), the windings will not fall and the moss ball will look very natural. Then hang it on the nylon cord, it seems to float in the air from a distance. Hemp cord gives the artwork a rustic touch. If you like it more colorful, you can use colorful cords. If you want to hang the balls later, leave enough string at the beginning and end. The plant does not necessarily have to look up. Kokedama can also be hung horizontally or even upside down. The spherical hanging plants will surely fascinate every visitor.
Soak the Kokedama well and drain
So that the plant continues to grow well in your Kokedama, the ball must now be watered. To do so, dip the moss balls in a bowl of water for a few minutes, drain well and squeeze lightly. If you want, you can decorate Kokedama to your heart's content.
Present and cultivate Kokedama
Hang the Kokedama in a bright and warm place without direct sunlight, otherwise the moss dries too fast. To avoid soiling, keep some distance from walls and make sure the ball does not drip after diving. Alternatively, you can arrange the moss balls in bowls or on plates decoratively. In this form, the plants are ideal as a table decoration. In order to keep the moss around the Kokedama nice and fresh green, you should spray the ball regularly with water. The plant sitting in it is watered by dipping. Whether the Kokedama needs water, you can easily feel the weight of the ball.
Succulents are especially good for Kokedama
For a Kokedama are many small houseplants suitable. In the Japanese original grow from the mossballs small bonsai trees. But also ferns, ornamental grasses, orchids, a single leaf, ivy and succulents such as Fetthenne or Hauswurz are good Kokedama plants. In spring, small bulbous flowers like daffodils and hyacinths for colorful Kokedama. When they have flowered, the onions can simply be planted together with the moss ball without cutting in the garden.