Kokedama (Moss Ball) Koh-keh-dah-ma

Kokedama (literally ‘Koke’ moss and ‘dama’ ball), originate in Japan where it was known as a poor man’s bonsai. A mixture of nearai bonsai (a root washing technique) and kusamono (centre of attention) planting styles, kokedama reflect the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi, meaning the appreciation of the imperfections of nature and the transience of natural beauty.

Originally these moss balls were set on stone or clay altars, but the art creating string gardens has become more popular. You can decide to experiment with the traditional or new styles, and we have handcrafted ceramic holders if that is your preference.

Where possible we use the most sustainable products available, for example coco coir rather than peat moss, and reusing packaging that is sent to us. We are always looking to improve on this, and welcome any suggestions that you have to further our efforts.

When Your Kokedama Arrives

Caring For Your Kokedama

Water

Kokedama don’t take a lot of effort, but they do need watering. To do so, submerge the ball in a bucket of water for about 5 minutes or until there are no more bubbles floating up, then hang up to drip dry before returning it to the display.

Watering once a week is usually sufficient in hot weather, reducing to every 2-3 weeks when its cooler. You can also lift the ball to test the weight – heavy is watered and light is thirsty!

If you are hanging your kokedama in a bright window, the moss will need misting more regularly than the weekly waterings.

If you have purchased a fern moss ball, the plant would appreciate a misting a few times a week to keep up the humidity. Or just keep them in the bathroom!

Light

Kokedama benefit from indirect sunlight. Partial sun, or near windows with only morning sun is preferable, but a light corner of a room is also a good place. Direct sun will soon turn the whole plant brown.

You can also take your kokedama outside during the summer months, but again keep it out of direct sunlight. 

Food

You can add a general purpose plant food to the water before submerging your kokedama to feed it like you would any house plant. Twice a month during spring and summer is ideal.

Roots

Being a live plant, the roots on kokedama sometimes grow through the moss. Traditionally this was welcomed and added to the look of it.

If you choose to trim the roots be mindful that too much pruning can kill the plant. You may find the dangling pieces add to the natural aesthetic and there is no harm in leaving them alone.

Another option is to request a re-mossing service. Please send in the contact form to request more information about price and delivery. Continued maintenance may be required as the roots will continue to grow even after re-mossing.