How To Make A Kokedama Hanging Garden

A Garden that can Fit into Your Living Room

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Hanging Plants

What I love about landscape and gardening is there is something for everyone, no matter how small space, or whatever other challenges you are facing there are always ways to work around that and connect with nature in a most awesome way giving nature a helping hand as you beautify your surrounding with plants.

What I also find so amazing about plants is that plants don’t only beautify and bring change to that drab look but can also be used for food, medicine, purifying the air that we breathe and so many other things that it is just mind-blowing.

In this article, we will be looking at a garden that can literally fit into your living room which is so unique. This garden is known as a Kokedama garden.

What’s the definition of a Kokedama garden?

Kokedama is a Japanese word that means moss ball. It is a ball that is formed from soil covered with moss and held together with strings in which plants are grown. This small garden space had its origin in Japan and is very popular to this day.

How to Make a Kokedama hanging garden?

Now let’s get down and dirty as we create a thing of beauty known as the Kokedama garden.

Creating a Kokedama is very simple just follow these steps for your Kokedama hanging garden success.

What you will need?

  • Peat moss
  • String
  • Water
  • Sheet moss
  • Bonsai Soil
  • String
  • Small plant
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Plants on the table

Best plants to use for Kokedama hanging garden

Here are a few plants that can be used, there are more.

  • Bromeliads
  • Spider plants
  • ZZ plants
  • Mother in laws tongue
  • Pothos
  • Begonia
  • Bird nest fern
  • Cock skrew croton

How to Make a Kokedama hanging garden

1. Half both peat moss and bonsai soil and mix thoroughly together.

2. Next, add just enough water to dampen the soil.

3. Then form a ball with this soil, make sure that the soil ball is well-formed and binding together.

4. With your fingers dig a hole in the center of the soil ball.

5. Place plant to be used in the hole, make sure that the roots of plants are not destroyed doing transplanting procedures.

6. Cover the entire ball with sheet moss, carefully and gently press moss into the soil.

7. Next, wrap the ball with a string. Make sure that all sides are stringed.

8. To hang the Kokedama cut another long piece of string and tie it on both sides of your Kokedama ball.

9. Hang up your Kokedama in a partially shaded area and mist plant with a spray bottle.

10. When it is time to giving your plants a good drink of water check the soil and moss for dryness. Soak Kokedama soil ball in a bucket of water for about 5 to 8 minutes.

11. Remove the plant from the bucket and let drip dry before hanging up again.

The final word

The Kokedama hanging gardens are so stylish and can really add flavor brightening up that area with its beauty and colors. Give this garden a try. Trust me you will be glad that you did.


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Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.

4 thoughts on “How To Make A Kokedama Hanging Garden”

  1. Hi Norman,

    That’s the first time I heard about the Kokedama. It looks beautiful!
    I always wanted to decorate my garden with natural plants and I didn’t really have an idea of what to do. It sounds easy to make it. I just would like to if I can use any soil? Also, once the Kokedama is built, how long will it last?

    Thank you for this excellent post!

    • Hello Daniella and happy new year, hope all is well. These are really amazing gardens for small spaces. I believe that a good garden soil is always better and these gardens can last a pretty long time as long as they are properly maintained. Hope this helps and have a good day.

  2. This is the first time I hear about Kokedama but when I saw the picture I understood what it was. I used to see it around frequently.

    For begonias it can be pretty useful. Some of my friends grow begonias and I will definetely tell them about tis article. Can it only be hanged or is there another way to use them??

    • Hello my friend thanks so much for commenting. These are really awesome gardens. Hanging is one option, what you can also do is place in decorative baskets or pots and place them on a stand or table just make sure that it gets sufficient light and water an you will be just fine. Hope this helps, have a good day.


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