Viola kokedama

Making kokedama - The compost has been formed into a sphere that holds together - © FhF Greenmedia/GAP Photos

Making kokedama – The compost has been formed into a sphere that holds together – © FhF Greenmedia/GAP Photos

Kokedama is a method of growing plants using moss instead of a conventional pot. The technique, which grew out of the Bonsai style is easy to create and accessible to everyone.

Often the plants are suspended for display giving rise to the term ‘string gardening’. Kokedama plants also show off to good effect when placed on simple dishes or even saucers. The moss which covers the root ball is a very important part of the growing method and in ideal conditions the moss will grow and remain luxuriantly green. A wide variety of plants can be used in Kokedama including small trees, shrubs, bulbs but the easiest and most popular are shade tolerant subjects like Ferns, Carex, Hostas and foliage house-plants.

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