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Create Kokedama Plant Arrangements

Kokedama, Japanese for a moss ball, replaces a traditional planter used for container gardening. Instead, wrap an outer layer of moss around a ball of soil to create a sculptural indoor or outdoor garden featuring succulent plants or hardy herbs.

Kokedama plant balls on a tray.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Misting spray bottle
  • Mixing bucket


  • Plants of your choice
  • Miracle-Gro cactus, palm, and citrus potting mix, 8 quarts, #248406
  • Miracle-Gro sphagnum peat moss, 8 quarts, #156716
  • Mosser Lee sheet moss, .18 cubic feet, #251955
  • 5/32-in x 420-ft white twisted cotton rope, #349224

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Step 1

Remove a small plant from its container. Knock off some of the soil from around plant roots to expose some of the root ends.

Step 2

In a bucket, mix six parts cactus soil to four parts peat moss. Add water and squeeze the mixture together. Squeeze out the excess water to make a ball that has the consistency of cookie dough.

Step 3

Hanging kokedama arrangement.

Divide the ball of soil in half and wrap the halves around the exposed plant roots. Press the two halves back together.

Step 4

Hanging kokedama arrangement.

Wrap pieces of sheet moss around the ball of soil. Wrap string around the ball to hold the moss in position, and tie the ends together. Trim off the surplus string.

Step 5

Water the plant thoroughly to soak the moss. Then spray with water daily to keep the moss moist.

Step 6

To hang a kokedama plant, cut a piece of string the length you want and tie the ends to the string wrapped around the ball.

Grow herbs in kokedama fashion, then clip off what you need for seasoning while cooking outdoors.


Explore more gardening ideas:

Creative Planter Ideas

Succulent Plant Design Ideas

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