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24/05/2014 at 11:45


What are these balls of moss? Liked the idea last year too, but no amount of googling has helped.

(While i'm here does anyone know about Ishikara Kazuyuki 'art grage' ? )



24/05/2014 at 12:23

Don't know anything about IK.

Do know that the multi coloured plant on the left is Houttuynia, against advice I planted some a few years ago and they occasionally appeared. This year they have certainly appeared, spread by rhizomes and I'm going to have a right job getting it all out.

24/05/2014 at 13:05

Togenkyo - A Paradise on Earth designed by Ishihara Kazuyuki won the award for Best Artisan Garden

24/05/2014 at 13:47

The only moss balls I have found are for aquariums though I did come across a strange recipe:

Handful of moss

1 can of beer

half teaspoon of sugar

Put in a blender and blend just enough to break down the moss and then smear it over the ground or rock wherever you want it to grow. Keep moist. I am tempted to give it a try but OH won't be too happy to see the beer go

24/05/2014 at 19:51
If its just simply stones covered in moss, I have a nice patch of moss I can try to transfer over some suitable stones...or maybe my sons footballs could go missing
24/05/2014 at 20:50

I watched Chelsea on the iplayer today (I'm up to Thursday, I think) and they said something about being able to get the moss balls from florists as they use them.  Like MrsG, I've got plenty of moss hee hee

25/05/2014 at 07:47

Yes, I too heard them say that you can get the moss balls from florists - I imagine that possible the more trendy city florists might be the ones to go to - don't think the nice lady in the little shop down the road has them. 

25/05/2014 at 10:33

Thanks, but do we know WHAT they are? Is it a plant in itself (ok I know it's not but ... ) or a stone covered in moss? Is it temporary or a semi permanent feature? I find it intriguing. Will post some pics when I've had a go at covering stones or if I find any elusive info on the net. 

25/05/2014 at 10:39

Ha ha ! Could be balls of clay/soil covered in moss... Kokedama...

25/05/2014 at 10:52

Kokedama it is!  Found some demos on youtube yesterday.  They seem to have a special soil/peat/clay recipe and  put a plant into it, wrap with moss, tie it on and then hang it up. 

You could have any shape you wanted and just use the moss.  I haven't got the hang of posting links but there is a site in American which is a nursery specialising in moss (they don't ship to UK) which was worth a look.  Moss Acres.

The recipe I mentioned earlier seems best for clay pots, rock etc.

25/05/2014 at 13:25

I have been out in the rain and put my own 'take' on this! Not as neat and perfectly formed but interesting to experiment. I lifted the moss and piled up rolled up 'mud' underneath. Also made a big ball by covering an old beach ball ! The moss needs to cover over the new mounds. Crazy but happy!

Yep, I guess the 'face' will be lost.

 Not sure these pictures have come out well enough, sorry.




25/05/2014 at 14:01

Wow MrsG.  I'm just looking things up and thinking "that's interesting" and you are out there in the rain DOING it. Looking forward to seeing the results.

25/05/2014 at 21:31
Hmmm, let's see what happens next! Think the plan will be changed though...
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