Kokedama String Garden Tutorial

We have something a little bit different for you today on the blog.  We'd love to introduce you to the art of Kokedama string gardens; a centuries old Japanese art form where a plant’s roots are wrapped in moss and then suspended. With deep roots in Japanese tradition, the kokedama is making it’s way back into the modern decor scene. It’s natural aesthetic and simplicity make for a clean embellishment for just about any space.

Whether you’re looking to add visual interest to your living space, bedroom or bathroom a string garden might be just what you need. The best part is, a kokedama is probably a lot easier to make then you might think. To help you create your own, ProFlowers put together a step-by-step DIY kokedama string garden tutorial. Let’s get started!

Before you roll up your sleeves take a look at the materials you’ll need to get started.

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How to Make a Kokedama String Garden

Step 1: Prune the roots of the plant. Brush the dirt off of the bottom of the plant to expose the roots. You can find more information on pruning here.

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Step 2: Wrap the plant’s roots with sphagnum moss. Using the cotton thread to secure it.

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Step 3: Mix your soils together including, peat, bonsai and potting. You should also add water to your mixture. Your soil should be sticky and clay like. You’ll know you have the right consistency when you can create a ball out of the soil.

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Step 4: Mold the ball around the plant’s roots. You can always add more soil and water here if needed.

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Step 5: Cover the mud ball with sheet moss. Fasten with the twine.

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Step 6: Attach more twine and a loop to hang your plant.

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Step 7:  Hang up and enjoy!

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Once you’ve created your string garden, you’ll need to take care of it. Mist your kokedama every so often, the moss will absorb the water and your plant will enjoy the cool off. When you need to water your string garden more thoroughly, up to three - five times a week, take it down from where it’s hanging and soak it in the sink for 10-15 minutes.

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Enjoy your string garden or give one as a gift!