Kokedama was born from a very simple idea in Japan in the 17th century: somebody removed a bonsai from its pot and began bringing it up with free roots. This lead to the nickname “Poor Man’s Bonsai”.
It simply means moss (koke – 苔) and ball (dama – 玉) in Japanese. Mossball!
Contemporary plant enthusiasts and trend spotters mostly plant grasses and weeds (perennial and annuals alike), instead of small trees, into moss balls. They typically use small flowers and grasses that represent the given season. This season it’s all about orchids and cyclamen, crisp and sharp to juxtapose the fuzzy haphazardness of the moss.
Moss is the core to kokedama. The moss cover used instead of flower pot not only can make care of plants in kokedamas simpler (kokedamas need watering only half or one-third less frequency than plants in pots), but they also offer a rich biological framework for the roots, where decomposition of internal moss layers provides further nutrient for the plant. The green external layer will secure an extraordinary visual atmosphere to the balls. It’s a win-win for all!
Kokedamas can find their places in almost every interior: alone, in pairs or more in a tray or hanging on as ornamental elements in your flat. Kokedama can live also in places where other plants would give up – in short, it is an ideal partner for urban dwellers longing for some green in their environment.
If you provide appropriate care to kokedamas, the green moss balls will decorate your flat for quite some time. It will purify and moisturize the air in your room, in addition to emit forest fragrance of the living moss. Further, you’re bringing into your house the ancient symbol of indestructibility and completeness with the moss and with the ball, respectively.