Create your own dangling Japanese Kokedama

Kokedama, a Japanese variant of bonsai, has become a true Internet craze. With creative gardeners transforming houseplants into dangling sculptural objects. Want to create your own? It is surprisingly easy!

The Kokedama is particularly popular in Japan, and has been for several years now. It is a special Bonsai-technique where the roots grow in a ball of moss. Kokedama literally means moss ball. The plants are known for hanging from the ceiling.

String gardens
Fedor van der Valk is a Dutch florist who has always had a special fascination for plants. At one point he started experimenting with hanging plants, which led to the birth of his concept String Gardens. His plants in strings have been popular for quite some time now in France and a large part of Germany. For more pictures of Fedors’ projects, go to

It might not look like an easy thing to make yourself. The fact is; it is relatively easy! It looks decorative, and works very well with succulents or for example orchids. What you do is; you take the plant out of the pot, and wrap it in flat moss. After that, you wrap the moss ball in strings and tie them up. That is it!

When watering the Kokedama, put it in a bowl of water for a good ten minutes, and let it absorb the water. Then put it on a small dish to dry for a while, before hanging up again.