Kokedama hanging plants

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

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.

I found these to be a lot of trouble to keep up. The balls dried out daily, and after being watered they’d drip on the windowsill for hours.