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Kokedama: Japanese Art Of Growing Plants On A Moss Ball

Kokedama is a Japanese art of growing plant on a Moss ball. Word Kokedama translates like this

Koke: Moss Dama: Ball
It is also known as poor man’s bonsai. 
Moss Ball
Kokedama in my balcony garden

Recently, I tried to make Kokedama for the first time and I loved the fact that it doesn’t require any pot to grow the plants. Just make a ball of soil and moss and grow tiny plants on it. Kokedama can be hung or kept on a desk or floor indoors as well as outdoors. To watch the complete video on my YouTube channel, you can click here.

Things you’ll need to make Kokedama:

  • Compost – 1 part
  • Coco Peat – 1 part
  • Garden Soil – 1/2 part
  • Tray/bowl to mix ingredients
  • Scissors
  • Gardening Gloves
  • Sphagnum Moss 
  • Ornamental Plants
  • Water
  • String/Twine/Yarn


Now there is no need to worry if you don’t get all the supplies. Here are the substitutes:
Instead of compost + Cocopeat + Soil, you can take just Bonsai soil + Coco peat OR Garden Soil and mix sand in a small amount.
Instead of Sphagnum moss, you can use moss stick or coco coir or jute or anything that holds moisture for a long.


Choose the plants that love moisture as Kokedama is a ball of moss that retains moisture. Basically, all the plants that grow on moss are perfect for Kokedama. Though you can experiment with all the plants. As long as you know the light and water requirement of the plants and hang them in a suitable place and water them accordingly, you can grow just about any plant on Kokedama. The best ones are Fern, Ivy, Lucky bamboo, Spider plant, Syngonium. Succulents hate moisture so avoid using them but if you are not watering Kokedama too often then you give it a try.


1. Start by soaking the moss in water. Till it soaks, mix all the components together(compost + Cocopeat + Soil) thoroughly and then slowly add water until all the components adhere together. Now take some soil in hands and form a sphere. Squeeze out excess water and once the soil ball is ready, keep it aside.

Kokedama tutorial
Mix all the components together

Kokedama Tutorial
Make a ball of soil
2. Spread a plastic sheet on the work area and then take out wet moss from the water. Wring it to remove water and then spread the moss on the plastic sheet. Remember that green part of moss faces down as later it will appear on the outer side of the ball. I didn’t get Sphagnum moss sheet so I used moss stick and took out all the moss that it had. Though the moss was all dried and the moss stick also had a lot of coco coir inside but it really doesn’t matter as moss is used because it retains moisture and that’s what exactly coco coir will do too.

3. Now take out the plant from the pot. Loosen the soil around the root. Make sure you are not damaging root ball or disturbing root system. Now crack open the soil ball into two halves like shown in the image below and then place the roots carefully in the centre. Now make the ball of soil again and if required you can add some more soil at this stage to make a perfect sphere.

Kokedama Tutorial

Kokedama Tutorial

4. Place this ball of soil on the moss that we prepared in the second step. Gently pick up the plastic sheet from all the sides and press firmly to wrap the moss around the soil ball. Make sure that moss adheres to the soil ball.

Kokedama Tutorial

5. Now take a twine or string and wrap it around the moss ball in a random fashion and secure the ends by tieing the knots. Now attach a string on the top of the moss ball and there you have it. Kokedama is ready to enhance the beauty of your garden.

How To Make Kokedama

To water Kokedama all you need to do is just use a sprayer and spray water until you see water dripping from the sphere. Or alternatively, you can place Kokedama in a bowl full of water for 2-3 mins and then take it out. Water Kokedama every alternate day or according to plant’s need. If it is succulent then you can skip watering for 8-10 days.


Kokedama tutorial

So making Kokedama is not a big deal. It requires minimal skill and very few supplies. I hope you like the tutorial. Be little more creative and try to make it different shapes, sizes and colours.
Happy Gardening!!!
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Indian Balcony Garden Decor

A lot of you wanted me to post a video on ‘Balcony Decor‘, 
so here I’m with some pocket-friendly ideas to give your balcony a quick makeover. 
In this video, I’ll show you how a balcony can become a cynosure of all eyes with some small changes and easy steps. 
Balcony Garden Makeover
We’ll take one step at a time and will decorate just one corner of the balcony today and in some other post, I’ll show you how you can give a makeover to the entire balcony. Since I’m talking about Indian Balconies, all the elements I’m discussing here are quite traditional and ethnic Indian. 
The first step is to clear the clutter and just remove everything so that you can plan and picturise what exactly you want. 
Next comes the step of adding a splash of colours. And that you can do without spending much. All you need to do is paint the pots in colour of your choice or if you already have painted pots then consider painting them in a different colour this time and you’ll be amazed to see the result.

Balcony Garden Makeover
Now if you have a plain wall in your balcony then perk it up. You can put up wall planters, artwork, shelves, masks or just paint some art like Warli, Madhubani or anything you like. I chose to put up wall masks and I found king & queen mask at dirt cheap price. You can see the makeover of these broken terracotta masks in my video. 
Terracotta Masks

Balcony Garden Makeover
Now let’s move on to next step of arranging the pots. Pots placed next to each other or arranged in a row looks like they are standing in a queue and waiting for something to happen. I always find it boring to arrange the pots in a linear fashion. My tip here is- create levels. How? Well, just choose the pots and planters in different sizes and then club them together. Or you can place an empty pot upside down and make it a pot stand.
Balcony Garden Makeover
Also, make the arrangement of pots standout by choosing the plants that have leaves of different shades and shapes. See the image below for reference. 

Indian Balcony garden

In the last, let’s accessorise the balcony garden. There are so many garden accessories available these days and you can easily pick the ones of your choice that go well with the theme of your balcony garden. I placed pebbles in the pot, one with Warli painting to add a pop of colour.  Terracotta figurines can never go wrong when it comes to accessorising a balcony garden. 
Indian Balcony decor
Below are the two looks I created with some small little changes in arrangement and accessories. In look one below, I used a terracotta camel as an accessory to give this corner an ethnic punch. Plants of all types like creeper, climber, herb and succulents are creating a balanced look. 
Balcony Garden Makeover
In look two below, I created a zen corner by placing Buddha head in the centre and lush green plants all around him. Did you notice how effortlessly I transformed the ethnic Indian look of this corner into a zen corner. Now let me show you how it looks at night. 

Balcony Garden Makeover
Have a look!!!!
Don’t you love this. It looks so dreamy and oh so beautiful. 

Zen Garden
By  the way, I used my favourite LED string light. It works fine outdoor as well as long as its USB cable is protected from water.  


Zen Corner in Balcony
I am happy with this makeover and will be spending my summer evenings here soaking in the beauty of this lovely zen corner in my balcony. Hope Y’all liked it too. To read more blogs on ‘Gardening’ click here. 
I’ll be on leave for a month. See you all in April. 
Till then connect with me here.