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October 18, 2016


Making a hanging Kokedama String Garen so deceptively simple to make. They look so amazing, you’d never believe how easily you can make them in an hour or less. Here’s how,

You’ll need:

  • Bonsai soil
  • Peat moss
  • Water
  • Small plant
  • Sheet moss (preserved or living)
  • String

This will work with plants like waffle fern, bird’s nest fern, polka dot plant, asparagus fern and pothos. Stay away from flowering plants, succulents, Maidenhair fern and Ming Aralia.

Here are the steps in making your kokedama string garden:

  1. Mix the half-bonsai and half-peat moss. Stir in an adequate amount of water to dampen the mixture. 
  2. Make a ball out of the soil mixture and wrap it around the plant roots. 
  3. Cover the ball with sheet moss.
  4. Wrap the sheet moss-covered ball with string. Tie it securely.
  5. Add another loop of string so you can hang it. 

To take care of your kokedama string garden, follow these tips:

  • For added humidity, mist daily or put on a tray with pebbles and water.
  • Water your hanging garden every three to five days. By then, the ball would’ve dried out or lost some weight. 
  • When watering, use water from your tap or a bowl until the ball feels heavier. Let excess water drip in your sink before hanging again.
  • Place your hanging garden in an area exposed to bright, indirect sunlight. A north-facing window or two to three feet from an east-, south, or south-facing window are ideal locations.
  • Refrain from placing it near a radiator during the winter months.
  • Remove any dead leaves.
  • As the plant grows, expect to re-pot once in the next 12 or 24 months. 

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