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Watering Techniques

If your Kokedama seems light when you pick it up it usually means it is ready to be watered. Some plants prefer the soil to dry out before watering, while others prefer to maintain a moist ball. Typically, the time between waters is a week, but this can vary depending on location of the plant to sunlight and heat. If the plant is outside or hanging, watering may be more frequent.


  • Soaking: Depending on the size of your kokedama, fill a bowl, bucket or sink with room temperature water. Place your kokedama in the water, plant side up. Push the moss ball down so that it is fully submerged and begins to absorb water. Allow to soak for 10-25 minutes, or until fully saturated with water. Remove the kokedama from the water, and gently squeeze the moss ball to allow excess water to drain. Allow the kokedama to drip dry in a colander before replacing it to its given home. 


  • Misting: Many kokedama's appreciate misting in addition to soaking (see chart below). Use a bottle that casts a fine mist and spray on and around plant foliage. Take care to mist in the morning, when the light is gentle, so that the plant is not burned.

Feeding

During spring and summer, fertilize your kokedama monthly with a liquid indoor plant fertilizer at 1/2 the recommended concentration. Simply mix the fertilizer into the water and soak as usual.

Leaf Browning

Kokedama's are susceptible to over- and under-watering just like any other potted plant. Leave browning and crisping around edges tends to indicate under-watering. A brown "mushiness" of the leaves or stems, black stems at the base, and leaf-yellowing tends to indicate overwatering. Remember; all plants require less water during dormancy (in fall in winter,) and more during periods of active growth (in spring and summer.)

Placement

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON PLACING THE KOKEDAMA ON A SURFACE THAT CAN BE NEGATIVELY AFFECTED BY WATER, YOU SHOULD PLACE THE KOKEDAMA ON A SAUCER IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE TABLE SURFACE.

How to Pot a Kokedama

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Exposed Roots

Exposed Roots

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If the Kokedama's roots start to break through the moss ball, you need to either create a larger Kokedama or plant the Kokedama into a Pot.  The following goes through potting the Kokedama.

Get a Pot

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Exposed Roots

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You will need to get a pot that will generously fit your Kokedama leaving about an inch of space between the pot and the Kokedama.

Add Dirt

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Placement

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Get some potting soil and fill the bottom of the pot about an inch.  You want to make sure there is enough dirt so that the base of the plant is level with the top of the pot.

Placement

Fill around Plant

Placement

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Place the Kokedama into the center of the pot on top of the dirt that was added.

Fill around Plant

Fill around Plant

Fill around Plant

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Holding the base of the Kokedama in the middle of the pot, fill the edges around the Kokedama with your extra potting soil until it reaches the top.

Display

Fill around Plant

Fill around Plant

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Water your newly planted Kokedama plant and display it in the same location.

Specific Plant Care