Kokedama making is a Japanese planting technique with a long-standing history. Translated literally, the word kokedama means ‘moss ball’. This is a special bonsai technique in which the roots of a plant grow inside a ball made of moss. It might sound complicated, but it’s not! You can easily make them yourself. Actually, the root ball of the plant is simply packed into moss instead of planted in a pot. Yet the result looks a lot more special! All good reasons for reading this article that tells you how to make an Anthurium kokedama.

Making an Anthurium kokedama

What you need

An Anthurium plant
A piece of carpet moss

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What you do:

Unfold the moss and lay it on the table. Carefully remove the Anthurium from its pot and arrange its roots on the moss. Then wrap the moss around the roots of the plant so that as much of the root ball as possible is covered by the moss and is no longer visible. Bind it all together by wrapping string around the ball of moss. This can be done inconspicuously by using nylon thread; this will give you the most natural look. Or use coloured string or even fairy lights to make the binding material stand out more.

How to make an Anthurium kokedama

Caring for an Anthurium kokedama

Place your Anthurium kokedama where it will receive daylight but not direct sunlight.
Keep it away from radiators, too, since their heat can quickly dry out the moss.
Spray the moss frequently with a plant spray.
If the kokedama feels light in weight, it needs moisture. Place it in a little water for a brief period of time so that the moss can soak it up like a sponge. Then suspend the kokedama for a while to release excess water.

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