Kokedama – Natural Moss Vessels

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Kokedama is a type of Japanese vase made from moss and twine. It's a popular way to display plants in Japan, and it's grown in popularity in the western world in recent years.

Kokedama are easy to care for, and make a beautiful addition to any home. If you're looking for a unique way to display your plants, Kokedama is definitely worth considering!

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What is Kokedama?

The name “koke” means moss, and “dama” means ball, so kokedama [苔玉] literally translates to “moss ball”. They are made by taking a ball of dirt and rolling it in moss.

The moss is then held together with twine, and the plant is left to grow out of the moss ball. The result is a potted plant that can be hung or placed on a surface.

The "moss balls" appeared in Japan more than 500 years ago, Kokedama is also called the Bonsai of the poor, for the simplicity of making and the ease of care.

Kokedama are easy to care for. Just water them once a week and they will be happy. If you live in a dry climate, you may need to water them more often.

The first person to send a ball of moss to the west was Mr. Isao Umiji, who has been making this art since 2002.

Kokedama balls with a few plants on a white table

Learn to Make Kokedama

Domestika, our great partner, offers a complete course on Kokedama. Joan Català, founder of Omotesandō Plants will teach you how to make these modern plants professionally.

Learn techniques, get to know the most suitable plants and understand the materials needed to create your moss vase in a meditative and relaxing process.

In addition to traditional moss pots, he also teaches you how to create glass gardens. If you are interested in learning more about the course, click on the button below:

Remembering that if you are a Plus member at Domestika, the Kokedama course is free, as well as several other courses involving Japanese art and decoration.

Kokedama - natural moss vases

How to make a Kokedama

To make a kokedama, you will need:

  • A plant with a small root ball
  • leaf moss
  • A rope
  • A bowl or container of water
  • a pair of scissors

Step 1: Soak the moss in water for about 30 minutes. This will make the job easier.

Step 2: Wrap the root ball in the moss, using your hands to compact it into place.

Step 3: Once the root ball is completely covered, start wrapping it with twine, making sure to wrap it tightly.

Step 4: Trim any excess string, then place the kokedama in a bowl or container of water.

Step 5: Place the kokedama in a location where it will receive indirect sunlight. Allow the moss to dry completely between waterings.

Finally now you have your Kokedama! With a little care, they will thrive and grace your beautiful home for years to come!

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