From hanging garden to a moss ball centerpiece on your holiday table, elegant Japanese-style kokedama is versatile and also easy to create.
Try using houseplants such as bromeliads, pothos, philodendron, anthurium or fern for your moss ball centerpiece. During the holidays, use dwarf evergreens such as those pictured: lemon cypress, juniper and rosemary herbs.
Because kokedama is so easy to make, why not make a trio of moss balls for a beautiful holiday centerpiece, and give the rest away as gifts.
Make a Kokedama Moss Ball Centerpiece for the Holidays
- Bucket or bowl
- Gardening gloves
- Potting soil
- Garden soil
- Sphagnum peat moss
- Sheet moss
- Floral wire or gardener’s twine
Steps for creating a moss ball centerpiece:
Wearing your gardening gloves, blend together a mixture of 2/3 potting soil and 1/3 garden soil and mix with a handful of sphagnum moss in a large bowl or container.
To make the moss balls, pour just enough water into the soil mixture so it sticks together. Thoroughly mix it in.
Now, form grapefruit-sized soil balls. Squeeze out excess water and let them dry.
Using more water and a bowl, soak the moss and then squeeze out the excess. Place moss aside.
When the soil balls dry in 20 minutes, use your thumbs to gently work open the middle of the balls. Shake off the excess dirt around the roots of each plant and place them inside the soil balls. Reshape the soil around the plant. Add extra soil if needed.
Take your plants and wrap the water-soaked sheet moss around the root balls of the plants.
Wrap floral wire or twine around the balls of moss and secure. Floral wire is less visible, if you prefer a cleaner look.
For a moss ball centerpiece on your holiday table, place a tray underneath (such as the wood-carved serving tray pictured) and pull together fresh-cut greenery, ornaments and other decorative touches to display.
How to care for your kokedama
Take care of your kokedama by following the watering guidelines for each type of plant. When watering is needed, soak the moss balls in water for five to 10 minutes, then set out to dry on a cookie sheet in a warm place. For bromeliads, place water in the leaf cups.