Plant Parenthood

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a Kokedama? A Kokedama is a type a Japanese garden art, that uses several planting styles such as: bonsai, nearai (root washing), and kusamono. Typically, an ornamental plant is used and wrapped with a special layering system until a ball shape is achieved. Kokedama literally translates to 'moss' 'ball'.

2. How do I water (parent) my Kokedama? As you can see, the Kokedama is not the mainstream planting style here in Australia, i.e. not your typical pot and saucer planting method, so your usual water tactics will be un-plant-friendly. Often, Plant Parents use spray bottles or try to pour water in from the base of the plant of a Kokedama, this is not-so-good plant-parenting. The water needs to reach the centre core of the Koke-baby, otherwise the water will never reach all of the roots, our plant will get plant-rash, dry-up, and die. So, to water your Koke-baby, fully submerge the Koke-baby up to the base of the plant for 5-10 minutes (the bigger your ball the longer this will need to be), squeeze out the excess (about 20mls) and return to resting place.

3. How often do I water my Kokedama? For our Kokedama we use plants that like the water to drain out rather than be kept moist as this could lead to ball rot. So, let the Kokedama dry out almost completely, it should be light like a ping-pong ball, this usually takes 10-14 days (depending on the air humidity).

4. How to fertilise my Kokedama? To feed a Kokedama we use liquid fertiliser, a couple of drops into the water bath used when watering your Koke-baby. This can be done 1 or 2 times a year or as often as every watering session, it is up to you how much and how fast you want your Koke-baby to grow.

5. Where to place Kokedama? For our Kokedama we use low-light plants and this blends well with the ball structure. If the ball of the kokedama is in direct sunlight it can dry-out too fast and possibly damage the materials and your plant. So, keep your Kokedama out of direct sunlight, or at least, minimise time the ball is in direct sunlight.