Kokedama: The Japanese Art of the Hanging Garden

Kokedama: The Japanese Art of the Hanging Garden

Kokedama, which translates to "moss ball" in Japanese, is a centuries-old gardening technique that has recently gained popularity around the world. These living works of art are made by wrapping the roots of a plant in a ball of soil and moss, and then suspending them from string or wire. Not only do they make beautiful hanging gardens, but they also require minimal space and are easy to care for. In this care blog, we'll show you how to make your own Kokedama and how to care for it.


1. Small plant with compact root system (such as ferns, ivies, or succulents)
2. Coco coir (more sustainable) or Peat moss (more acidic)
3. Potting mix
4. Sphagnum moss
5. Twine or fishing line
6. Scissors
7. Bowl of water


1. Choose your plant: Select a plant with a compact root system that will fit inside your Kokedama. Pothos, ferns, ivies, and succulents are great options.

2. Mix the soil: In a bowl, mix together equal parts of coco coir or peat moss with potting mix. Gradually add water and mix until the soil is damp and crumbly, but not too wet.

3. Prepare the moss: Soak the sphagnum moss in water until it's fully saturated.

4. Form the ball: Take a handful of the soil mixture and form it into a ball. Gently squeeze out any excess water. Make a small indentation in the center of the ball and place the roots of your plant inside. Add more soil mixture around the roots until they are covered.

5. Wrap with moss: Squeeze out any excess water from the sphagnum moss, and then wrap it around the ball of soil and plant, making sure to cover it completely. Use twine or fishing line to secure the moss in place, wrapping it around the ball several times.

6. Hang your Kokedama: Tie a length of twine or fishing line securely around the Kokedama, leaving enough length to hang it from a hook or ceiling.

Care Tips

1. Watering: Water your kokedama by soaking it in a bowl of water for 10-15 minutes once a week, or as needed. Allow the kokedama to fully drain before hanging it back up.

2. Light: Kokedama plants prefer bright, indirect light. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight, as this can scorch the leaves.

3. Fertilizer: You can fertilize your Kokedama once a month during the growing season with a diluted liquid fertilizer.

4. Pruning: Trim back any dead or yellowing leaves or stems as needed to encourage new growth.

Making Kokedama Is Fun & Rewarding

Whether you choose to create a single Kokedama as a centerpiece or a series of them to hang as a living art installation, this Japanese gardening technique offers a unique way to display your favorite plants in a stylish and eco-friendly way. While making Kokedama may seem intimidating at first, with a little bit of practice and patience, anyone can master this art form. With the right materials and techniques, you can create a stunning Kokedama that will impress your friends and family and add a touch of nature to your home or garden.
Remember to choose the right plant for your Kokedama, use the appropriate soil mix, and water your kokedama regularly to ensure its health and longevity. With a little bit of care and attention, your Kokedama will thrive and bring joy to your life for years to come. So why not give Kokedama a try and see what you can create? Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a novice, Kokedama is a great way to explore your creative side and add some greenery to your living space. Let us know in the comments below if you tried making a Kokedama! Happy Kokedama making!
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