Kokedama is a Japanese word that, when simply translated, means
moss ball. Sometimes called the
Poor Man’s Bonsaior
string gardens. The of art of binding plants into green, mossy orbs dates back centuries to the Edo era in Japan (around 1600 AD).
Their beauty stands out when put in a sequence or cluster.
Here are our tips on how to care for kokedama.
• Avoid display spots with very hot or cold drafts (such as from Kitchen & in front of C vent), leaves may turn yellow or brown prematurely, especially on more tender plants like ferns.
• Kokedama appreciates a spot with average to high relative humidity, as well.
• Check the weight of Kokedama to understand its watering needs.
• Get a feel for how heavy your kokedama is in 2-3 days or so after you soak it (but before your plant wilts).
• Soak your moss ball in a bucket of room-temperature water for 2-3 minutes or so.
• Take your kokedama out and let it hang over the bucket or a sink .
• Hang or position it back when it stops dripping. The size and type of plant, the amount of light, the air temperature, and other factors will affect how often you need to water your kokedama.
• Just like with watering, the amount of light you provide your kokedama depends on the type of plant. In general, display high-light plants in a bright window. You might want to avoid especially sunny spots, though, otherwise the moss ball will dry out too fast.
• Kokedama are susceptible to over- and under-watering just like any other potted plant. Leave browning and crisping around edges tends to indicate under-watering.
mushinessof the leaves or stems, black stems at the base, and leaf-yellowing tends to indicate over-watering. Remember; all plants require less water during dormancy (in fall in winter,) and more during periods of active growth (in spring and summer.)
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