History of the Kokedama

As we have seen on previous occasions, making a Kokedama is very simple if we follow the step by step . These plants, introduced in a ball of moss, can live without problems inside the home. But keep in mind that, although they serve as decoration, they are living beings, and they should not lack water.

But would you like to know the history of this magnificent art? Next we will tell you everything.


It is often said that the Kokedama is a descendant of the Bonsai technique , and it is true. In fact, it is estimated that the Bonsai technique began around 700 BC in China, and the Kokedama about 500 years ago in Japan. Although it did not become known worldwide around 1990 of our era.

Kokedama literally means “plant in moss”. The Japanese are very fond of reproducing scenes from nature and being able to enjoy them at home.


The transition from Bonsai to Kokedama started something like this:

  1. Around 1600 BC, starting from Bonsai, that is, from a tree forced to grow in a tray with little depth and with a certain style, they began to have plants only in a ball of substrate with a plate below and with their own style of growing. Bonsai.
  2. They replaced the substrate ball with a moss ball.
  3. And little by little they tried numerous plants: Anthurium, ferns,… while perfecting the Kokedama technique.

It is common to find Kokedamas in tea ceremonies, to harmonize the room and make the stay of those who are there even more pleasant and natural.

And it is that, these small plants have the power to relax us , and to transport us to a magical place, don’t you think? They can be hung from the ceiling, as well as decorating tables or shelves. They are the joy of the home, and it is certainly worth having one… or several.

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