Things you’ll need to make Kokedama:
- Compost – 1 part
- Coco Peat – 1 part
- Garden Soil – 1/2 part
- Tray/bowl to mix ingredients
- Gardening Gloves
- Sphagnum Moss
- Ornamental Plants
Now there is no need to worry if you don’t get all the supplies. Here are the substitutes:
Instead of compost + Cocopeat + Soil, you can take just Bonsai soil + Coco peat OR Garden Soil and mix sand in a small amount.
Instead of Sphagnum moss, you can use moss stick or coco coir or jute or anything that holds moisture for a long.
PLANTS For KOKEDAMA:
Choose the plants that love moisture as Kokedama is a ball of moss that retains moisture. Basically, all the plants that grow on moss are perfect for Kokedama. Though you can experiment with all the plants. As long as you know the light and water requirements of the plants hang them in a suitable place and water them accordingly, you can grow just about any plant on Kokedama. The best ones are Fern, Ivy, Lucky bamboo, Spider plant, and Syngonium. Succulents hate moisture so avoid using them but if you are not watering Kokedama too often then you give it a try.
1. Start by soaking the moss in water. Till it soaks, mix all the components together(compost + Cocopeat + Soil) thoroughly and then slowly add water until all the components adhere together. Now take some soil in your hands and form a sphere. Squeeze out excess water and once the soil ball is ready, keep it aside.
|Mix all the components together|
|Make a ball of soil|
3. Now take out the plant from the pot. Loosen the soil around the root. Make sure you are not damaging the root ball or disturbing the root system. Now crack open the soil ball into two halves shown in the image below and then place the roots carefully in the center. Now make the ball of soil again and if required you can add some more soil at this stage to make a perfect sphere.
5. Now take a twine or string and wrap it around the moss ball in a random fashion and secure the ends by tying the knots. Now attach a string on the top of the moss ball and there you have it. Kokedama is ready to enhance the beauty of your garden.
To water Kokedama all you need to do is just use a sprayer and spray water until you see water dripping from the sphere. Or alternatively, you can place Kokedama in a bowl full of water for 2-3 mins and then take it out. Water Kokedama every alternate day or according to the plant’s need. If it is succulent then you can skip watering for 8-10 days.
So making Kokedama is not a big deal. It requires minimal skill and very few supplies. I hope you like the tutorial. Be a little more creative and try to make it different shapes, sizes, and colors.
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