How to keep your plant friend happy and healthy
Kokedama is a Japanese word that simply translated means "moss ball". Sometimes called a 'string garden' or the 'poor man's bonsai', the art of binding plants into mossy orbs dates back centuries to the Edo Era in Japan, around 1600AD.
The specific needs of your kokedama vary from plant to plant, but the following guidelines apply to all.
Water more often in hot dry weather. Less often in cool, wet weather.
The best way to tell if your kokedama needs water is to feel it. If it is light in weight, dry to the touch or very firm - it needs water. The bottom of the ball is the best indicator as it is the last spot to dry out.
Fill a container with room temperature water and immerse the ball 1/4-1/2 the way up the ball, avoiding contact with the leaves. Let soak about 10-15 mins. Remove from water and gently squeeze out excess water. Your plant may go through a mild shock from change of environments. This is normal but keep an eye on it. If it still seems to be struggling after a couple of days, try putting it in a different location.Note: Filtered or spring water is best for most plants as the tap water in most cities has so many chemicals added to it. This is especially true for airplants and ferns who take in a lot of moisture through their leaves. Succulents and cacti are more resilient.
SUCCULENTS & CACTI
Keep your succulent and cacti kokedama in VERY bright, indirect light. A short timeframe of early morning or late afternoon sun is ideal, but not a necessity. It can live indoors or outside, but they prefer the outdoors. Water every 8-14 days depending on environmental conditions. Succulents can easily be overwatered which leads to root rot, so always err on the side of underwatering. It is common for the outer leaves to begin to wilting. When this happens, pull those suckers off so that the inner leaves flourish. That's it! Now sit back and enjoy.
FERNS & TROPICAL
Your ferns and tropical kokedama love very bright, indirect light- but never direct sun. They require regular watering with not a lot of in-between dry time. The general rule is about 5-7 days. You should water your fern/tropical kokedama when the bottom is still just a tiny bit wet. It can survive outside as long as the temperature is very mild, and isn't exposed to much direct sun. Frost and extreme temperatures (heat or cold) will quickly become the death of it. They thrive in humid environments. If you live in a dry area, humidity can be created by misting your fern with filtered or spring water every few days, or daily in some environments. Tap water in most cities is so full of additives, that are not always best for plants, especially finicky ferns. Filtered water is not a must, but is recommended. If you notice your fern struggling, here is one care tactic: you can put a layer of rocks in a bowl, add some water, and set the moss ball on top of the rocks, but not touching the water. This simulates a humid environment, and the fern can absorb moisture from the air. If you see any leaves that look less than healthy, immediately remove them by cutting them off at the base of the plant with sharp scissors.
PALM & POTHOS
Palm & Pothos
These are the most easy to care for plants. They can take some neglect and live to see the next day. Bright to medium light, but no direct sun. Water every 7-10 days. If the leaves of your Pothos begin to droop, it's a definite sign that your plant is thirsty. Water that guy and watch the leaves pep right up. Like any plant, if you see foliage struggling, remove it right away. Once damaged, they will likely not recover and it's best to get rid of them so that it doesn't drain the energy from the healthy leaves.
Airplants need very bright indirect light. They can handle a bit of direct sun, but this does dry them out faster and they can be misted every couple days to retain moisture.
Water 1-2 times per week. If you live in a humid environment, water less. If it is very dry in their living space then water more frequently. Airplants take in water from their leaves not the root, so a deep soak is ideal for watering. Submerge in filtered water for about 20mins, shake gently to remove excess water, and set in a location where there is adequate air circulation, let dry for about 4hrs. If the airplant is mounted, the plant can be misted every few days with filtered water. For airplants in bloom, rinse under water taking care with the flower, or heavily mist with a spray bottle.