Kokedama is a Japanese which literally means moss ball. Kokedama is part of the Japanese tradition of caring for plants and is a variant of the well-known bonsai.
Kokedama is therefore a decorative plant that has been grown inside a ball of moss. As to its origin, there are two theories: it is said that this tradition began when the plants were kept inside pots with roots that went around and later broke these pots; of according to another theory the care of these plants was performed by humble people who could not devote himself to bonsai.
In addition to their authentic origin, kokedamas are still cultivated for ornamental purposes and are particularly valued as a decorative complement in bonsai exhibitions.
Kokedamas can be made with a wide variety of plants, but it is very common to use rosemary, freson (type of strawberry), clover, orchid and fern.
Rules for maintaining a kokedama
In the first place , to make a kokedama is necessary to prepare a mixture compact of land, which should add a clay of volcanic origin called akadama (just this clay comes the word kokedama). At the same time, water should be added to the mixture of earth and akadama.
A fundamental aspect for good maintenance is the moss, which has to be of ecological origin. The moss allows the water to remain inside the plant so the roots remain moist.
It is convenient to use plants that adapt to shady places and have some small roots. If the plants are indoors, it is advisable that the environment is not excessively dry.
Like all plants, they must be watered properly. To do this, the kokedama is soaked in water for a few minutes until bubbles start to come out.
Kokedamas are out of fashion in the gardening world
In recent years, the bonsai fashion has spread beyond its place of origin. And the attraction of bonsai has been accompanied by kokedamas. This type of garden ornament has several interesting elements. On the one hand, it is a simpler and more economical hobby than caring for bonsai trees.
On the other hand, kokedamas are ideal for vertically decorating gardens (the plants are hung and give a very original look) or for flavoring a corner of the house.