Kokedama (String Garden)




Introduction: Kokedama (String Garden)

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Like regular hanging plants Kokedama can really add to the atmosphere of a room. They are also really fun to make if you don't mind getting your hands dirty.

You will need:
Soil (soil from a bag is good because it holds together well)
Moss (dried sheet moss is pretty good is good but moss from the ground will work too)
String or Twine
A Bowl of Water

Step 1: Wrap Plant

Start by taking the soil off of your chosen plant and wrap it's roots in a thin layer of moss.

Step 2: Dirt Ball

Mix enough water into your soil so that it sticks together but is not dripping wet.
Make a ball of soil around your plant. Dont' squeeze too hard but make sure it stays together.

Step 3: Add Moss

If you are using dry moss wet it slightly in your water bowl. If you are using moss you harvested yourself this will not be necessary. 

Now wrap your soil ball with one layer of moss. 

Step 4: Tie It Up

Wrap the Kokedema in string or twine.

Tie it off, and add some strings for hanging.

Step 5: Enjoy

You've finished one Kokedama. Now make some more and hang them up. Moss is generally best suited for shaded environments. Spray the bases with water every few days to water them. 

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    6 Discussions


    Question 11 months ago on Step 2

    Do I trim this plant like bonsai's or transplant when it grows big?


    Reply 11 months ago

    A good question. I wish I knew the answer. Mine never got big enough to trim before I had to move out of that appartment and abandon them sadly.

    I love this! Thanks for sharing!

    Can you choose any plant you want? I'm thinking of herbs for cooking, like mint, basil, cilantro,...


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    That sounds really great. I don't know if it works with any plant. Give it a shot! If it works out post photos, I would love to see the results.

    Void Schism
    Void Schism

    6 years ago on Introduction

    These look great. How do you tie the string like is shown in the last picture?


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Try tying a few strands of string together at the bottom and create a little hammock by tying them together with a few other strands in a circle.