Frequently Asked Questions
How do I look after my Kokedama?
Make sure you situate your plant in a space that has the right levels of light and air required. Water by soaking and/or misting, using information from your care guides. Watch and take note of your plant, it really won't take long before you know its needs and wants. Always tend to water less than more. Remember a kokedama stays damper than the average pot.
How do I water ?
By soaking in a bowl or sink of water. The plant will absorb the water from the outside rather than the top like a potted plant. Make sure the water is at room temperature and after 15 to 20 minutes it will be done.
Won't it drip everywhere?
Not for long at all. The moss is very absorbent. Leave on the side for about 5 minutes before giving a gentle squeeze and reforming into a circular shape. Then place back on display. Always protect your surfaces from the damp kokedama ball.
How do I feed my Kokedama?
Just the same as you would any houseplant. Use normal liquid fertiliser designed for houseplants and add to the water before soaking your kokedama.
Natural or contemporary?
I offer two different finishes to my kokedama. Firstly and most common are the kokedama finished in coco-fibre. Resistant to rot and moisture the balls of these kokedama will pretty much stay looking the same. Natural is where I have finished the kokedama at the moss stage. Much more traditional and the moss will grow and evolve and change as the kokedama ages. In some cases I have used alive green moss, but generally it is dried sphagnum moss. Light and water will encourage your sphagnum moss to start to grow green.
How does a Kokedama actually work?
Each kokedama is made using Sphagnum moss, which creates its 'pot'. Underneath the coconut fibre layer is a dense layer of moss, housing the plant root and soil mix. The moss is just like a sponge, it absorbs water and releases it back to the plant. It minimises the evaporation of water, which generally happens when using a normal plant pot.
Will my plant keep growing?
Yes! When I create these kokedama there is still a lot of room inside for the roots to grow. Essentially I have re-potted the plant from its nursery pot. If roots are growing the the plant will grow. However, eventually the roots will slow as space limits. The canopy of the plant is defined by the size of the roots, so the plant will stay as a smaller version - just like a Bonsai.
I can see roots! What do I do?
Don't panic, this is completely normal. Especially in faster growing plants. You can either leave them to do their thing, (grow around the outside of the ball, which looks spectacular, you're lucky if this happens to you!) or you can simply snip them off without any harm to your plant.
Is my plant going to become root bound?
Nope! You may notice roots eventually come to the outside edge of your kokedama. Some will continue to grow on the outside.( Normally plants that have aerial roots.) Others will encounter the dry air and turn around, sending finer roots back into the ball. The difference between a pot and a kokedama is how the roots behave. In a pot they are large juicy roots, which circulate the bottom of the pot in search for water. Hitting dry air prevents this from happening. Eventually after a long time, your kokedama will be held together in a circular shape by its own root system.
Should I re-pot my kokedama?
This is up to you. A time may come when you are ready for a change and your kokedama could do with a tidy up to look good again. You can either re-pot to a normal plant pot (just remove the threads and coco-fibre first, as the threads aren't compostable), or pot up to a larger kokedama. My construction method is very simple and Ive partially done it like this so you at home can simply re-do when needed.
The bottom of my ball is mouldy?
That is normal. Its an un-harmful mould that is needed to naturalise the kokedama, to grow moss eventually on the outside. With the materials Ive chosen to use, this happens very rarely. It is more common with kokedama made of natural jute twine. Simply brush away any mould and consider moving your kokedama to a place that has a little more air flow. Hanging a kokedama will prevent this.
How should I display it?
Treat your kokedama like more than just a plant, a piece of art. Hang them in any way you feel possible, upside down is always a statement. The options are endless. Suspended at differing heights creates a dramatic effect too.
What is a preserved kokedama?
I have a small range of kokedama that are made with 100% real natural plants that have gone through a process to preserve them. They take no care, no watering. They can be situated in any room of the house regardless of sunlight/lowlight. They weigh so little that they can be hung from a simple 3M hook. They look and feel like very similar to real plants. The preserving process is done using sugar syrup, so no nasties. A dye is added at the time to preserve the colour of the plant. Over time this will fade, so be mindful of that.
My plant has died
Sadly, I can only offer to refund or replace your kokedama within 30 days since ordering. Sometimes the plant can be damaged during construction or delivery, but will show signs of this fairly soon on arrival. Please understand that as I am not in control of the care of the plant once you have bought it I therefore can't guarantee that it has had the proper care in the correct environment. Do get in touch if you need my help or advise though as I'm of course happy to help!
My kokedama arrived damaged
If this happens then please contact me as soon as possible so I can rectify it as quickly as I can. My sincerest apologies too! I wish I could hand deliver all of the kokedama to ensure they arrive safely, but of course that would be impossible. Unfortunately its up to the postal service where, of course it can let me down at times.