The Japanese word Kokedama roughly translates to Moss Ball. A Kokedama is when the roots and soil of a plant are contained by a layer of moss, in our case Sphagnum Moss, instead of a pot. This creates something not only beautiful but also rustic and natural. A Kokedama is a bit like a peat-pot; the water is absorbed through the moss into the root ball and likewise the roots can through and around the moss. Like a peat-pot you can plant your kokedama, moss and all, into a pot or the ground if it seems to need transplanting or has grown too big. This moss has 2 main features,to contain the soil and to hold moisture around the plant.
Mini - Has about a 10cm moss ball.
Medium - 15cm moss ball.
Large - 20cm moss ball.
X Large - 25cm moss ball.
These are not exact measurements, they are just to give you an idea.
If you choose a to add a coloured string, this will be added with a natural Jute twine for a more seamless look. You may also choose to hang your Kokedama, we will tie an extra string to the ball.
How to care for kokedama
Different types of plants need different amounts of light, water and temperatures. It's important to understand the requirements of your plant somewhat. If you're not sure, research your plant species before deciding where to place it. Experiment with placement if the plant is not thriving - does it need to be in cooler, shady parts of your home, or with more sunlight?
HOW TO WATER- To water your Kokedama, simply place it plant side up onto a bucket or sink of room temperature water. You must soak your kokedama to allow the water to get right into the center. Soak for 5-10 minutes or until saturated, DO NOT leave it sitting in water for longer than this, you will only encourage the string to rot raster and fungi/mold to grow. On the flip side, if it drank up all the water very quickly, you may need to add some more to the bucket. Unsure?- the fail safe way is to submerge the entire ball (you may need a big bucket of water) and hold it under until there are no bubbles escaping.If you keep in inside, you may want to place into a colander to drip dry for a minute before returning to it's home.
FREQUENCY- Soak around every 2 weeks. However, you must consider the kind of plant, where you have it and time of year. For example, orchids and succulents need to right dry out between watering but a fern will need to stay slightly damp at all times. Ferns love a little mist with a spray bottle on the plant and moss every few days too. Consider how much sun and wind it's receiving as these will dry your kokedama faster, as will air con and heaters. Of course in summer it will need more frequent water, winter less. Get in the habit of feeling how damp the moss is, as a guideline. Some will benefit from liquid fertilizer added to your water... follow instructions on the packet but at half the rate recommended.
PLANTS CAN OUTGROW KOKEDAMA- When the plant has grown too big for its kokedama you can trim. Sometimes you might see roots growing through the moss but if the plant looks root bound and unhappy you can simply plant the ball, twine and all, into a pot or the ground. Otherwise you can re-koke it. Add more soil, moss and string. We can do this for a small fee.