Project: Kokedama String Garden

Project: Kokedama String Garden

The first time I saw a kokedama string garden was right here, on Craftzine. Being a bonsai and ikebana enthusiast, I was captivated by yet another amazingly beautiful Japanese gardening method. I’ve hung my kokedama outdoors, where it sways a bit in the breeze, and I couldn’t love it more.
The steps are simple, with the most important aspect being the mixture of clay and soil. Try to achieve a blend of mud that clings together well. When encasing the plant, you will feel a bit like a sculptor, and in essence, you are sculpting the earth into something fairly impossible — a perfectly round hanging garden.



Small plant
Heavy clay mud, or bonsai soil
Potting soil


Step 1: Mix a few generous handfuls of clay with an equal amount of potting soil.
Step 2: Pull your plant from it’s container. To trim the roots, tug at them gently, breaking them apart, without breaking them off. Rinse as much of the growing media from the roots as you can.
Step 3: Hold the plant with one hand, and with the other, pat the clay mixture all around the roots. I started at the sides, worked to the top, then pressed the clay into the bottom of the plant last. Mold the clay into a round ball, making sure that the mud is against the base of the leaves.
Step 4: Firmly press moss all over the clay ball. The soft moss should stick right to the mud.
Step 5: Cut at least 3 yards of twine. Lay the moss-covered plant onto the center of the twine, then wrap and twist, wrap and twist, wrap and twist until the entire garden is bound.
Step 6: To finish the wrapping, draw one of the ends of twine up the side of the ball. Weave it over and under the wrapped twine, knotting as you go. Then repeat with the other end of string, on the opposite side of the ball. Getting a nice balance is crucial, especially with an upright growing flower.
Step 7: Hang the kokedama where the conditions are suited to the plant’s needs. To water it, hold a container of water up to the wrapped ball to submerge the roots. Because the plant is not in a solid vessel, it will require waterings that are a bit more frequent than other plants in your garden.

10 thoughts on “Project: Kokedama String Garden

  1. Nancy says:

    So beautiful!

  2. katie [the bright life] says:

    This is such a lovely post! I’ll definitely have to give this a try in the spring! XO, Katie

  3. michelle says:

    Where do you purchase the clay? I can’t find it anywhere in the Memphis area. Great tutorial. Thanks.

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  5. Cómo hacer una kokedama » Actividades manuales says:

    […] Para regar una kokedama sólo tienes que sumergir la base en un cubo de agua y observar si hay burbujas. Cuando ya no se vean burbujas, la planta está completamente regada. Después retiras la base del cubo y lo aprietas un poco para quitar el exceso de agua. Si la planta la cuelgas en el interior de tu hogar, tienes que colgarla en el exterior al sol o sobre un lavabo, hasta que haya terminado el drenaje. Algunas plantas llegan a mantenerse hidratadas durante un máximo de una semana, todo depende del tipo y tamaño de la planta. Cuando la planta está lista para ser regadas, se sentirá muy ligera, así que siempre antes de regar tienes que comprobar el peso. Fuente: Makezine […]

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