Japanese garden with your own hands
Kokedama in recent years has become one of the fashion trends in floral design. Exotic appearance and unusual applying made these compositions very popular. It’s amazing what the Japanese poor people came up with. This is an alternative to bonsai which the aristocracy grew, they were cherishing their plants for years with patience and a sense of harmony. Peasants did not have so much free time and so they went a faster way.
Kokedama (kokedama) literally translates as a ball of moss and technically it really is. This ball just has a plant inside. A variety of plants can be used for this technique. You can make a lot of experiments to choose the most successful combination. It is better to use young sprouts and small plants that quickly will give roots.
Process of creating a kokedama is quite simple. You need to take peat, black cosmetic clay and sphagnum moss (do not use other types of moss cause not all of them can keep their quality for a long time). Mix the ingredients with water so you can make a ball of it with a diameter about ten centimetres.
Then everything depends on type of the plant you have chosen. Then you can put the root inside of the ball smoothly sticking the plant with soil from all sides or spread the plant’s roots on the surface of the ball (then they will tightly knit the ball). The last step is to cover the ball with green moss and stick it with a fishing line. If your kokedama will be on stand then you can take a thread and then it will just rot. If you are planning to hang it then it will be better to use a fishing line or a nylon thread.
Finished kokedama must be soaked in distilled water for several minutes then you press it a little to get rid of extra water and finally you can place it where you want it to be. Moss can absorb a lot of the water so don’t soak it for a long time. Soaking procedure must be done for about once a week and you should spray your kokedama and add fertilizers. You can ask for how often you should add fertilizers? All depends individually on the type of a plant and the premise conditions. So keep an eye on your kokedama and adjust the care. If you don’t want to join this Japanese floristry art by yourself then our florists are ready to create an exclusive compositions for you. Our experts will help to choose plants and their shapes and will tell all about the fineness of care.