DIY Make You Own Kokedama
The Kokedama or ‘moss ball’ has its roots in Japan; they’re a cheerful addition to any eco-stylish home or office space and are so easy to make with our step-by-step guide below. They make excellent, enviro-friendly gifts, so buy enough of everything to make a few and gift them to your green buddies.
Below we make a hanging version, but this mini, self-contained ‘garden’ can also be set in a decorative dish as a table centrepiece or on a shelf.
What you’ll need…
peat soil (or any clay-rich soil)
Reliance potting mix
sheet moss or sphagnum moss
clear fishing line or black twine
small plant suitable for indoors (we used a Pellaea Rotundifolia also called a button fern)
Measure the peat and potting soils in a ratio of 80/20 respectively and then combine in a large mixing bowl (note: the measurements you select will depend on the size Kokedama you want to make).
Add a little water and combine until you have a thick, clay-like consistency out of which you can form a small ball that doesn’t split apart. You may need to add more water or soil as you mix.
Press an indentation into the ball that is large enough to hold your plant. Shake any excess soil from the roots and then place into the hole. Re-shape the ball around the plant.
Break off pieces of the dried sheet or sphagnum moss and wrap around the soil ball, securing with the cotton thread.
This step may require two sets of hands – the moss needs to be layered around the ball, creating a cushion, while the thread is wound tightly over the moss to keep it from falling apart.
Finally, wrap your choice of twine or fishing line around the Kokedama, leaving a longer cross-section that you can hang the plant up with. Tie off the ends and suspend near a window or an area of your choice.
Hang up in your desired spot and voila!
To keep your Kokedama content, dip the ball into a bowl of water about twice a month for succulents and weekly for indoor plants and allow to drip dry.
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