How to make a Kokedama String Garden

By: Christina Timm

Materials Needed:

  • Peat Moss
  • Lynde Soil
  • Water
  • Sheet Moss
  • Wax-Coated String
  • Scissors
  • And of course, the plant of your choice

10 Easy Steps on how to create a Kokedama String Garden

Step 1: Pre-soak the moss and set aside. We’ll come back to it later

Step 2: Loosen and remove the soil from your plant of choice. 

Helpful Tip: Only remove what the roots will allow. You don’t need to remove all of the soil.

Step 3: Mix equal parts of peat moss, Lynde soil, and about a cup of water.

Step 4: Mix until soil is damp, but not muddy.

Step 5: Press soil into a ball form to create your garden, making sure it’s about the same size at the plant’s roots.

Step 6: Split the ball form in half, place the plant in the middle, and press soil around the root system. 

Helpful Tip: Make sure the soil covers all the roots. Be mindful that the soil rests at the base of the plant stem.

Step 7: Lay your moss out flat. 

Helpful Tip: Make sure the moss is not dripping wet. It helps to squeeze out the excess water before laying it out flat.

Step 8: Place your plant and ball form in the center of the moss. Start pressing the moss to the soil to create your garden. 

Helpful Tip: Continue to squeeze the shape to hold the moss to the soil.

Step 9: Wrap the wax-coated string around your garden and tie off the end. Continue to wrap the string until you think all the moss is secure. Cut the end with scissors and tie off the end.

Step 10: If you want to make a hanging Kokedama simply cut three equal length strings and tie off evenly around the garden.

A Kokedama String Garden is a Japanese method of gardening. It means a ball of soil that is covered in moss from which an ornamental plant can grow from.
 2. Loosen and remove soil

2. Loosen and remove soil

 4. Mix peat moss, Lynde soil, and water

4. Mix peat moss, Lynde soil, and water

 6. Split the ball form in half

6. Split the ball form in half

 7. Lay moss out flat

7. Lay moss out flat

 8. Press moss to the soil

8. Press moss to the soil

 9. Wrap the wax-coated string

9. Wrap the wax-coated string


And there you have it. A Kokedama String Garden made easy in 10 simple steps!

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 Hanging Kokedama

Hanging Kokedama

 Standing Kokedama

Standing Kokedama