Based on the ancient Japanese art, Kokedama or “moss ball” gardens are becoming a new trend in indoor gardening. Kokedama can be suspended in mid-air by string or fishing line, or set down in a decorative tray or bowl.
Kokedama consist of a plant with the root ball surrounded in a ball of mud, wrapped in sphagnum moss and string to hold it all together. The moss and soil ball acts as a sort of living planter, holding in the moisture and nutrients that the plant needs to survive and grow.
Contrary to what one might think, kokedama are very easy to care for—easier than a traditional potted plant! In general, all they need is a bright location such as a window to provide them with adequate light, and a 5 minute soaking about once a week.
You can get creative with your hanging garden, planting small trees, flowers and leafy greens such as ferns, so feel free to have fun with it! The process is simple and easy to do, so scroll down, read the guide, and you can be on your way to creating your own hanging garden of Babylon in no time!
If you’re looking for supplies, here’s what you’ll need:
- Sphagnum Moss or Live Moss
- Bonsai Soil
- A plant! Ferns like these ones are a great choice.
- Strong string or twine that can hold the weight of the kokedama
- Spray bottle
- A bucket or sink with a plug or stopper
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