What is Kokedama?
The Japanese art of Kokedama originates from the Bonsai art form, popular during the AD1603 era in Japan. Once a Bonsai is removed from the pot, the root system is bound so tightly it holds shape. Japanese are well known for their aesthetics and at a time when Japan was sensitive to sustainable living and the natural world, the use of moss to encase the Bonsai plant substituted the need for a pot. Kokedama have quickly developed into a HOT new home decor trend throughout the world. A wide variety of plants are making their way into the Kokedama art form and each country and business have adapted their own Kokedama method and style. The Kokedama method has changed the way households can keep and display their indoor plants. This creating of 'entwined botanical sculptures' can have a dramatic impact when suspended in unison or simply become the focal point of any room. Not only being used in the home, Kokedama can be displayed in retail/commercial buildings, events, cafes and restaurants. To learn the art of kokedama making, attend one of our upcoming workshops or to host your own Kokedama Party, click the link below.
Kokedama are eye catching, intriguing and their quirkiness makes them a perfect, unique gift idea.
Entwine Home Decor Kokedama are detailed with a strong synthetic string and a heavy duty braided fishing line in either a sitting or hanging form. This give you the option of sitting your Kokedama on a table or in a wire plants stand rather than suspending it from the ceiling. Please be aware of the Kokedama weight when wet and make sure you have it hanging from the correct weight supporting hooks. They are heavier than they look.
Where will my Kokedama thrive?
Your Entwine Home Decor plant tag will tell you your
plant requirements. Whether it prefers indoors or
outdoors, full sun, part sun/shade, or full shade.
The ideal location is where the plant can get optimal
light for it's requirements. During the first month pay
particular attention to your Kokedama and find out how
it responds to the location you picked for it.
Light demanding plants usually require direct sunlight
for several hours a day (preferably in the morning).
Shade lovers on the other hand only require bright
indirect light coming in from a window, with no direct
sunshine on the plant. Most indoor plants would enjoy
some outdoor time every now and then, keeping in mind
their light requirements. The Kokedama will dry more
quickly in extreme heat and on windy days, so keep this
in mind when outdoors. Do not leave your Kokedama
outside in winter, as it is more susceptible to frost.
Indoor Kokedama should be keep away from draughts,
heater vents and air-conditioning breezes. Indoor
Kokedama will retain their water in the moss ball for
longer. Succulent Kokedama which are drought tolerant
plants, should allow to dry out before re-watering
especially over the winter months.
What are my Kokedama's water needs?
Like any potted indoor plant your Kokedama will nee to be watered. The watering frequency is easy to monitor as you will see the moss going lighter in colour and will be just dry to touch. The frequency depends on the conditions the plant it is kept in. The plant tag will provide some information on what the species likes. If you chose a plant that requires frequent watering (eg. Ferns) the soil must feel moist at all times and never dry out completely. The moss ball will be just dry to touch before re-watering. For medium water demanding plants, it is sufficient if the interior holds some moisture by the end of the watering-cycle, but the Kokedama soil should not dry out completely (the moss becomes hard and crunchy). For drought tolerate Kokedama (eg. Succulents), the moss can dry out (dry and crunchy) before re-watering but not for weeks. When you are getting acquainted with your Kokedama you will soon learn by touch when it needs re-watering. It is approximately weekly in the Summer months and fortnightly in the winter months but this is dependant on your living conditions, climate and plant species.
How do i to water my Kokedama?
Submerge the moss ball up to plant level into a clean bucket of water. Watch the air bubbles rising and the moss ball drawing in the water (approx. 2- 5 mins). The air bubbles will slow down. Remove from the water, lightly squeeze the edges and wait for excess water to stop dripping (5 - 10 mins). Wash the plant leaves with some water to create humidity for your plant. Some plants (eg. Ferns) may require some misting in between watering during the winter months as central heating will strip the moisture from the air.
Do i need to feed my Kokedama?
The Kokedama has been fertilised within the new soil blend but will need some help after 6-9 months. Mix an indoor liquid fertiliser into water at ½ strength, following the dilution instructions. Dependent on the plant species feeding is most appropriate when flowering or in the growing seasons, spring/summer. Do not feed in winter. Overfeeding may cause your Kokedama to out grow its moss ball too quickly. Like any potted plant, the soil will surely be exhausted within two years and if the roots start to show out of the moss you know it is time to re-moss or put into your own pot with fresh soil.