How long will my Kokedama last?
If all the optimal living and growing requirements are met, your Kokedama plant will last indefinitely! If you need additional guidance, please consult our care guides, or contact us directly.
Does the moss or fibre ball restrict the growth & health Kokedama plant?
No, not at all – it does not alter the natural life processes or growth of your new friend. So, in summary, given the right care and attention, your new plant friend will keep growing and thriving. However, please be aware that keeping your plant or bonsai friend trimmed and shaped is part of the bonsai art and culture!
Can I hang my Tranquil Plant?
Yes, kokedamas are known for being hung using strong strings to form Japanese hanging gardens. There are many varieties of hangers for kokedamas, feel free to search around or get a string hanger from our shop!
How do I water my Kokedama plant?
Place your kokedama in the water, with the plants facing up. Push the moss ball down so that it is completely submerged and starts to take in water. Allow the Kokedama to remain submerged for 10-25 mins.
Remove the kokedama from the water, and gently squeeze the moss ball to let the water drain. Allow the kokedama to dry out in a colander before you put it back.
A lot of kokedama enjoy misting in addition to soaking. Spray the leaves and other parts of the plants with a bottle that sprays a fine mist. The plant will not be burned if you mist it in the morning when the light is low.
Why is my Kokedama not bubbling when I water it?
Firstly, you will need to submerge the moss ball in water completely; this will allow the moss ball to absorb water which will be marked by the bubbles surfacing. However, this phenomenon can be quite subtle – so as long as you fully submerge your moss ball, it should absorb the water it needs! Sometimes, a little squeeze on the moss ball will allow it to contract and take in more water.
Can I re-pot my Kokedama plant?
Yes, you may re-pot your Kokedama plant or bonsai in a pot that is slightly bigger than the original soil ball. You can cut the strings holding together the moss, place the soil ball inside a pot and fill it with soil and compost.
We recommend using pots that have drainage on them, otherwise, the water will sit in the pot and set in root rot which will lead to the death of the plant and/or the bonsai. Additionally, we recommend using general purpose compost for the ferns and special bonsai soil mix, or at the minimum ericaceous compost for bonsai trees. You may also buy bonsai pots in our shop!
Will ‘hardwater’ affect the health of my plant and/or bonsai?
Across the country, there will be ‘hardwater’ areas. The prolonged use of ‘hardwater’ or water that have a high mineral content and/or chlorine can affect the health of your plant or bonsai. We recommend, if possible, using filtered water from your regular water filter or collecting some rainwater. You can always use a mixture of both!
There are bugs in my Kokedama, what do I do?
Insects and bugs can be attracted to your plant or bonsai, and it is a natural process. However, not all insects are harmful, for example, earthworms are very beneficial for your plant!
In the event of finding bugs such as aphids on your plant which can be marked by shiny and sticky liquid present in the leaves (honeydew), please do not panic – it can happen and there are simple solutions to get rid of them.
We suggest mixing a solution of dish soap and water at a ratio of 1:10, and spraying the affected areas once a week until the bugs are gone, please note that over-spraying can affect the health of your plant. For more persistent bugs, please use specially formulated insecticides such as Provanto Ultimate Bug Killer, or more natural alternatives such as Neem oil. Please follow the instructions before applying!
Do you offer a re-mossing service?
Unfortunately, we do not offer a re-mossing service currently – this may change in the future, so stay tuned to our social media channels!