Kokedama . Koke: moss, Lady: ball.
Or those decorative plants that grow in small spheres of moss and are very fashionable these days. It is a living moss, hence its name, but also a technique of Japanese origin who knows why, one day it crossed borders and became fashionable in many countries around the world.
In some way, we could think of them as an alternative to bonsai , since a small bush is also kept here, perfect for use as decoration. Although the advantage is that it is much easier to grow and care for.
There are different sizes and they allow you to add some green to any environment, even if there is no space for large pots. They are beautiful and have that typical air of Japanese gardens so unique and distinctive. Perhaps that is why they have been adopted with pleasure.
There are many reasons to know more about kokedamas and that is why today we dedicate ourselves fully to them, to find out their secrets and needs.
- 1 Kokedama care
- 2 The kokedamas dress up
The kokedama technique is not difficult and you can do it yourself with some skill. The process is easy, although some care must be taken so that the plant can survive without problems.
Remember not to expose the kokedama to direct sunlight or squeeze it to drain the water . If the environment is dry, remember to spray the leaves with water and if you notice that the moss ball is too dry, you can even submerge it in water for a moment.
Kokedamas are not ideal plants for a home with animals or small children as they are tempting and they are likely to be attracted to their shape. If they undo the ball of moss, chaos reigns because in some way it is the brain of the kokedama so try to keep it away from restless eyes.
Like many plants, kokedamas are attracted to sunlight so it’s best to rotate it on its axis so it doesn’t grow to one side. Another important aspect is irrigation because although the plants grow with a certain amount of humidity, an excess can be fatal as it leads to the proliferation of fungi and other enemies. Here the rule is repeated as it happens with any other plant that grows in a pot: lack of water is always better than excess .
In any case, check your kokedama regularly to notice any problems and combat the appearance of pests and diseases. You can add fertilizers and organic fertilizers, although always mixed with the irrigation water to strengthen the plants. It is also recommended to carry out a small periodic pruning in order to remove the dry leaves and if you want to clean the leaves you can do it with a cotton swab dipped in water. Finally, if you notice that the threads of your kokedama are loose, you can sew them with a needle. And the grandmothers say that you have to talk to the plants so that they grow in harmony, so do not forget this wise advice that always gives great results.
With these cares, you are likely to help your kokedama grow in harmony.
The kokedamas dress up
If until now you believed that kokedamas only admit a single physiognomy (ball of moss in a transparent receptacle) you were wrong. Design has been put at the service of this technique and today there are a thousand ways to add glamor to your kokedama.
As with traditional pots that vary in size, materials and colors, the market offers different base options for kokedamas. There are terracotta, glass and even some 100% original designs, such as a base made with disused buttons. Do your research and you will find an option that fits your taste.
There are also cork and ceramic bases, which come in various colors and allow you to combine your kokedama with the colors of the house.