kokedama/string gardens

kokedama/string gardens

Posted by Megan Nichols on Feb 29th 2020

This intriguing garden trend out of Japan is fun addition to the indoor garden. They can be found for purchase or just make your own! Hang Kokedama balls singly or together to create a “string garden.” Hanging them isn’t the only option, the balls can also rest on a plate or interesting vessel of your choice.


The amount of light the Kokedama ball requires will depend on the plant that is growing in the ball.


Water Kokedama balls by soaking them in a bowl of water when they begin to feel light. Let the ball become saturated, then let the ball drain to get rid of excess water and so there is no damage to furniture when the ball is returned to it’s home. The more light the ball receives the more quickly it will dry out, and Kokedama dry quickly due to the exposure to air all the way around the ball. 1 to 2 times a week should be the maximum frequency the ball will need to be watered.


Plants growing in Kokedama balls are likely to be tropical in origin, so they will prefer warm temperatures. Most tropical plants prefer to stay above 50 degrees.  


Fertilizing is, of course, plant dependent. In general, however, most plants will do fine with a liquid or water-soluble fertilizer added during watering 1-2 times a month.

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For an in depth instructional video on how to create a Kokedama ball visit Tonkadale.com