The word kokedama translates as ‘moss ball’. Japan’s answer to the hanging basket, kokedama are simple, fun and rewarding to achieve.
To make a kokedama, the root balls of small plants are wrapped in moss and hung up for decoration. Your kokedama can be used to adorn walls, fences, balconies, shady alleys, hanging from trees or indoors.
We used a young pot-grown ivy (Hedera helix) to make our kokedama, but you could also try violas, gaultheria, Helleborus niger or cyclamens for outdoor kokedama.
For indoor kokedama, try plants like string-of-beads (Senecio rowleyanus), asparagus ferns (Asparagus setaceus) or orchids like Phalaenopsis and Dendrobium.
Discover how to make a kokedama with our simple steps, below.
You will need
- One pot-grown ivy or other pot-grown plant to be used
- Sheet moss
- Bonsai compost (if you can’t source bonsai compost, see Step 1 below)
- Multi-purpose compost
- Garden twine or thin ribbon
- Trug, or large saucer, for mixing compost