ISSUE 62  |  Japonesque

DIY: Kokedama String Gardens

March 07, 2013 9:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

We’ve been charmed by Japanese style hanging string gardens ever since we featured some that Sarah spotted in a shop window in Amsterdam. So we were thrilled to learn, via Craftzine, that it’s easy to make your own:

Photographs via Craftzine.

Above: Kokedama string gardens—involving a Japanese technique of wrapping moss around root balls—require a blend of mud and clay that clings together well to form a ball. For step-by-step instructions, see Craftzine.

Above: The materials list includes a small plant, moss, potting soil, clay mud (or bonsai soil), and twine.

Above: After forming a clay mixture around a plant’s roots, apply moss, pressing firmly. For a closer look at the techinque, see Craftzine.

Above: To water it, hold up a pot of water to submerge the plant’s root ball. For more suspended gardens, see “Hanging String Gardens by Feder van der Felk.”

N.B.: This is an update of a post originally published August 16, 2012.