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Kokedama hanging plants




Komedama with vanilla orchid

Komedama with vanilla orchid

I’d seen the Japanese hanging plants potted in moss around the internet and have had them on my wish list for a few months.

I decided to try first with orchids, they are potted only in moss, and I have more orchids than places to put them.

I unpotted the vanilla orchid, and packed the moss into a tight round ball.

I picked up some thin wire and hooks at the craft store in the bead section, I wasn’t sure string would hold up well and I didn’t want to see the string. I wrapped the ball of moss containing the plant in wire until the wire held all the moss in place.

I attached two hooks, each to an end of an 18″ strand of thin wire, one I hooked to the ceiling, one to the moss ball.

The entire project took about 15 minutes ( not counting clean up ), cost was less than a dollar per Kokedama hanging planter

Supplies for Kokedama

Supplies for Kokedama

Next time I’ll use some wire closer in color to the moss and I’ll use a hook at the top only and just attach the hanging string directly to the moss ball.

For plants other than orchids you’ll want a ball of 2/3 bonsai soil or peat moss mixed with 1/3 clay inside of the moss.

Kokedama (moss ball/bonsai with out a pot) is a form of Japanese bonsai. Typically the plant is removed from the container, roots are trimmed to bonsai the plant and it is planted in a ball of bonsai soil wrapped in moss.

It is said to have originated in the Edo Era (1603-1868 ) in Japan. The moss balls were not hung up but sit in a shallow container or flat tray.

Part of what holds the ball in place are the plant roots, as the plant grows it will more tightly bind the soil ball.

kokedama phalaenopsis

kokedama phalaenopsis

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