It is the ultimate in floral art. A Japanese technique more than five centuries old that consists of grow plants without a pot, in a ball covered with live moss. We tell you what is a kokedama and how you can make them yourself to put a green and natural note in your house.
When one discovers a kokedama For the first time, he can not help but be surprised. What looks like a common plant that had roots as a ball of moss, is just that, a plant that grows without a pot in a curious container.
This floral art technique from Japan it is much more than a form of grow a plant. In addition to adding an original and different touch to the decoration of any space, they are attributed to the kokedamas great health benefits. It is said that they reduce stress, that they purify the environment, that they moisten it, thus achieving a perfect atmosphere for our skin ...
In any case, and even if it did not have all those benefits that are presupposed, a kokedama it's a perfect way to bring the natural touch to the house what we like so much
Whether you are a great lover of plants, or if you do not have a hand for them even though you like them, cultivate a kokedama It is a great idea, especially from a decorative point of view.
The original container of a kokedama
It is its essential characteristic, that which defines it and makes it special: a kokedama It is not grown in a pot, but the container is a curious ball covered with moss. But, what kind of materials make up that ball?
In addition to peat and river sand, the balls of the kokedamas They contain a very special element. Is about akadama, a totally natural Japanese clay that makes the ball capable of retaining moisture and nutrients.
With what kind of plants can I make a kokedama?
Although the ideal is choosing plants that have needs similar to those of moss in light and humidity, can be done kokedamas practically with all kinds of plants: you can choose plants with flowers, shrubs, small trees, wild species, cactus, aromatic herbs, etc.
A species that seems to me to be spectacular cultivated in the form of kokedama It's the orchid. To the mysterious beauty of this plant and its flower, we must add the original touch of the moss ball, being the truly special result.
As they do not have a pot, the plants they are placed hanging or on simple trays or another type of support. It is convenient to choose a good location inside the house, where the kokedama receive enough light (although it does not require direct sunlight).
If these basic guidelines are followed faithfully, anyone is able to grow plants by very bad hand that has had so far. In fact, gardening experts agree to highlight the ease with which the kokedamas.
Irrigation by immersion
One of the advantages of growing a plant using the technique of kokedama is that you can forget about having to water it daily. You will not have to be aware, since it's kind of plants they are watered by immersion every so often.
The procedure is as follows: immerse the ball in a bowl of water, so that two fingers are covered. It must be kept inside until no bubbles appear, which indicates that it is completely soaked.
Then let it drain and put it back in its place.
The frequency of irrigation by immersion depends on the characteristics of the plant and the space in which the kokedama, but we must watch the weight of the ball and proceed to water when we realize that the ball weighs little. Also, it's a good idea Spraying the moss between irrigation and irrigation so it does not dry out
How is it done?
The technique is not difficult, although to learn it is interesting to attend some kind of training led by an expert. The floral art establishments usually organize monographic workshops of two or three hours in which you can learn how to make a kokedama.
The process starts from the plant itself. It removes part of the earth from the root and the substrate is made by mixing the peat, the river sand and the main ingredient, the akadama. The ball is made with this mixture by putting the roots of the plant inside. Then it is covered with live moss and fastened with fine twine or string.
One important thing is buy only protected moss, and never take it from nature, to respect the ecosystem.
As you have seen, the technique of kokedama It is really simple, both to make and to cultivate later, and it is very decorative. A great way to refresh any corner, now that we are in spring.