Make your own Kokedama plant!
Get creative in the cooler weather by making a Kokedama plant! They’re the perfect affordable, all-natural, DIY Mother’s Day gift.
Pinesong resident Yvonne Meister has been making her own version of the Japanese Garden art since 2019. During a trip to the Botanical Gardens with one of her Pinesong walking groups, Yvonne spotted a Kokedama Garden art plant on the table, and was inspired.
Yvonne thought, ‘gee, I could make that’, and asked the Botanical Gardens staff if they knew how. Soon, she was using naturally foraged ingredients from the village and selling her own versions of the plant at the Titirangi Market.
What you’ll need:
- Small plants (like Gasteria, for example)
- Potting mix
- Garden soil
- Clay soil
- Sphagnum moss
- Twine or String
- Burlap or Jute
- A bucket or bowl to mix the soils in.
- Gather all the items listed above. If you’re working on a nice table top, cover it before you begin. Gently remove the soil from the roots of the plants.
- Wet a handful of sphagnum moss, and wrap up the roots in just enough of the moss to cover them up.
- In a bowl, add three big handfuls of potting mix and three big handfuls of garden soil. Add a handful of clay. Mix everything together with your hands, breaking up any clay in the soil into small pieces.
- Add half a cup of water to the bowl, and try to make a ball shape with the mixture. If needed, add more water until you can form a ball.
- Take the mixture and mould it into a ball around the plant’s roots.
- Cut up some burlap or jute into pieces that will fit around the ball, and tie it around the plant with twine or string.
- Water your gardens with a spray of water every day.
That’s it! Those are the steps to creating one of Yvonne’s Kokedama plants.
Alternatively, you can omit the burlap/jute “skirts” on the plants for sphagnum moss, and use the string to hold the moss around the balls, giving the plants a different look.
If you end up making one these school holidays, send a picture to email@example.com, we love to see your creations!