The Art & Beauty of Japanese Kokedama!

The Art & Beauty of Japanese Kokedama!

Kokedamas on a table

It’s almost time for us gardeners to say ‘good night’ to our gardens and head back indoors for the winter. But that means it's time to say ‘hello!’ to our houseplants yet again! They’ve been there patiently waiting for us to come back and give them some attention anyway!

It’s no time to hibernate or sulk - It’s time to pick up a new houseplant obsession and maybe even a new hobby! 

Nature Hills makes it easy with our new line of ready-to-ship Kokedama plants just for you!

The Ancient Art of Kokedama

Kokedama is Japanese for "Moss Ball" which this planting style literally is! It’s a plant, wrapped in moss into a ball shape around its roots and suspended or set in a tray in an artful and lovelysingle Kokedama Hanging manner! 

Perfect for interiorscapes of all sizes and plant root systems of nearly any size, Kokedama (sometimes called String Gardens) is a beautiful and space-saving form of gardening that is an inexpensive thing to try! Plus it’s perfect for new gardeners too!

Centuries old and easier than Bonsai to master, Kokedama is a fantastic practice that combines art and nature! Fantastic home accents and even better gifts, a display of plants wrapped in moss balls is sure to be pleasing to the eye! Plus with a bit of imagination, they’ll match every home design style!

New Kokedama Plants Available at Nature Hills Nursery!

From Bromeliads to Snake Plants, Nature Hills has a wide variety of tropical houseplants wrapped in either 6-inch or 7.5-inch Moss Balls available and ready to ship to you or someone special!

Plants Available in Kokedama at Nature Hills

We’re proud to carry many varieties of your favorite houseplants and tropical evergreen plants as Kokedama here at Nature Hills! Including Chinese Evergreens, Jade Plants, Money plants,Bromeliad Kokedama Ponytail Palms, Ficus, Bromeliad, and many types of Calathea!

All the houseplants available as Kokedama are easy to care for and require minimal maintenance to keep them looking incredible! Bright, indirect sunlight and moderate moisture needs make them perfect when included in this unique art form and for your home! 

Plus these are all air-purifying plants that improve your health while improving the air quality and oxygen in your home or office!

Kokedama Display

Your Kokedama arrives already put together and ready for your enjoyment! Simply unbox, check over and display! You can either suspend your plant in a sunny window or display it on a desk, table or atop a sunny kitchen shelf for a really unique focal point! Set display plants on a bed of pebbles or in a pretty drip tray. Hanging kokedamas

Kokedama look great on their own but are especially unique in groupings! Hang in groups of three by fishing line for an invisible display, or in an artsy geometric wire plant hanger. Hang in your latest macramé project or with shimmering chains or wire. Just as long as you can reach them easily and remove them conveniently when it is time to water.

Standing displays of Kokedama look incredible under a glass cloche dome, in a tray of pebbles, or set atop a pretty stone to elevate them and keep any moisture away from the furniture. Try setting one atop a cut crystal vase so it catches the light. Or in a beautiful stone tray, shallow ceramic dish, or carved wooden bowl. 

Display on an office desk at work, hang in your bathroom, create a beautiful cascading display in the corner of your living room or decorate your bright entry console!

Just avoid direct sunlight and drafts, AC and heating vents, and keep out of reach of pets or small children.

About Kokedama Care

These are some of the easiest houseplants around! Provide bright indirect light and check for water on a regular basis and that’s it! Because of the root ‘binding’ method - never needkokedamas infogram to be repotted! Nothing could be easier or more convenient, yet as designer-looking and versatile for home décor!

To water your Kokedama, simply submerge the bottom 3/4ths of your moss ball in a dish or the sink and let soak for 5-10 minutes or so. Remove to a draining area for 20 minutes to let excess water run out of the root system. Then place it back into its display.

Air temperature, relative humidity, time of year, the size of your root ball, plus many other factors will determine how often you will need to water your Kokedama, so check every week to two weeks at first and once you know your plant's routine, on average they need to be soaked every two weeks. 

But because of those many factors, you may need to water more or less frequently throughout the year. Dry winters with dehumidifiers running - you may need to water a couple of times a week! If your Kokedama is as light as air or your plant is wilting, you need to check it a bit more often or soak it a bit longer each time.

If the plant is heavy and it's a humid summer week, you can skip watering. Root rot is a death sentence for many plants. 

During spring and summer, add a bit of half-strength fertilizer for houseplants to your soaking dish to feed your Kokedama. For flowering varieties, you can use a blooming plant fertilizer at half-strength around the time your plant usually blooms.

Tips for Care:

  • Use room temperature filtered, purified, or bottled water - even rainwater
  • Avoid direct sunlight
  • Avoid AC & heating vent drafts
  • Keep out of reach of pets and small children
  • Don’t squeeze the water out of your plant's roots

Are your leaves turning brown on the tips? - need more air humidity or it dried out too much between waterings

Leaves turning yellow> - might be just an old leaf that’s done its job, or maybe needs a bit more sunlight.

Are the leaves turning brown fast or falling off still green? Check the root ball for excess sogginess or a rotting smell. You may have root rot from too much water. Let your ball dry out a bit more between waterings. If it's too bad, you may need to gently unwrap, remove the rotten roots and soil, replace them with new soil and rewrap.

DIY Kokedama

Do you already have a plant you’d think would be perfect as a Kokedama? This traditional art form uses sheet moss of any kind, good soil with adequate moisture-holding capabilities, peat moss, and twine or string of your choice!  Kokedama

  1. Gently shape the root system into a ball
  2. Pack with peat moss and moisture-holding soil
  3. Wrap in the soaked sheet moss, allowing the leaves to poke out the top only
  4. Wrap with the twine as randomly or methodically in a pattern as you are able!
  5. Tie off and leave ends long enough to suspend the Kokedama 
  6. Follow the care instructions above

Order Now!

Whether to cheer someone up, celebrate an achievement, or with the holidays right around the corner, Kokedama shipped from Nature Hills Nursery is the perfect way to share some art while giving the gift of garden greenery!

Simple and versatile, yet elegant and mystical, Kokedama has captured the imagination of gardeners for centuries, and now you can easily find out why!

Hurry and check out all the Kokedama plants available for shipping today from!

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