Constructing a Kokedama String Garden

A Japanese gardening method of creating a growing vessel from green moss is known as Kokedama. Kokedama balls are easy to hang from twine and grown in outdoor gardens. Make your own Kokedama ball string garden using your favorite small plant.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Small potted plant
  • Bonsai soil or heavy clay mud
  • Potting soil
  • Water
  • Mixing container
  • Green moss
  • Twine
  • Scissors


Step 1 – Mix two parts of bonsai soil or heavy clay mud with one part of potting soil. Add enough water to the mixture to create a very thick mud.

Step 2 – Remove the small potted plant from the container. Wash all potting soil from the roots.

Step 3 – Encase the roots of the plant in a 4- to 6-inch ball of the mud mixture from Step 1. Pat the mud mixture to create a solid ball.

Step 4 – Wrap the solid ball of mud mixed with green moss. Pat the green moss to securely embed it into the solid mudball.

Step 5 – Wrap the outside of the moss covered ball with twine. Intertwine the twine to create an exterior type basket. Allow an 18-inch end of the twin on each side of the Kokedama ball for hanging.

Step 6 – Water the completed Kokedama ball by submerging it in water. Lift and hang in the desired location.

Warning: A hanging Kokedama string garden will need water frequently. Place a container of water under the hanging Kokedama ball. Lift the container of water to submerge the ball. Hold the water in place for 30 seconds. Remove and repeat as necessary.

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