Kokedama Plant Care Guidelines
Tranquil plants are Kokedama which are sometimes called "Japanese string gardens" or "Kokedama hanging gardens". We also make and our special bonsai kokedama moss ball plants. They are easy to care for but it is important to follow the instructions for each plant variety which you can find on the specific plant descriptions in the shop. Here are some good general guidelines and you can also find more information in the frequently asked questions page too.
-If the plant feels ‘light’ then the plant needs to be watered. Follow guidelines above.
-For more details on your plants please read CARE and FAQs on the individual plant pages. We have added simple pictures on how much light/ sun and water your plant will need to be happy.
-Make sure you fully submerge the moss ball under the water, so can see it bubble.
-If any leaves go brown or spotted cut them off from the stem so it doesn’t affect the rest of the plant.
-For the green moss to stay fresh, it helps to give it a spray of water now and again when it feels dry. This will depend on the humidity in your home. If moss is saturated all the time the moss will go brown.
-Feeding is done by adding the liquid fertiliser to the water used to soak the moss ball, when watering the plant. We would advise once a month but not in winter time.
-On rare occasions, mould can form on the moss. This will be due to too much watering or lack of air around the plant. If this happens, wipe off the mould with diluted washing up liquid.
-Sometimes with watering, if the plant doesn’t bubble, you will need to squeeze the moss ball a little to loosen the moss and soil, or it is already full of water.
If roots grow out of the moss ball which is rare, you can:
- Leave them as it doesn't affect the plant and creates an interesting look.
- Trim them.
- Plant the whole moss ball in a pot or
- Ask for a re-moss service.
If a moss ball string loosens, slacken it a bit more and re-tie to bottom of the plant.
Additional Bonsai Care
Bonsai trees like sunny situations and lots of light. They should be turned at least once a week to ensure they grow evenly. If the stems are growing really long with not many leaves the plant may not be getting enough sun.
Watering is the most important factor of growing Bonsai, please follow the Care Guide.
Your tree will need pruning in the Spring and Summer and Autumn months. You can do this with scissors to trim the branches. Bonsai trees need to be pruned regularly to keep their original shape and stay small. Keep it to 5 leaves for each stem.
Keeping your moss green
If the moss is really brown it is not going to come back to life. So, it’s best to catch it before it turns. If you notice that your moss is going brown pop the moss ball (only) into the clear bag provided.
It will need some sun as a dark area will not create the humid environment that the moss needs. Try to keep the bag sealed so that it creates a greenhouse effect by using your peg, also sent with the plant. For this to work properly the bag needs to generate humidity. So you are looking for a fine mist on the inside of the bag, it helps to lightly mist the bog before adding your moss ball.
If you have a puddle in the bottom you have too much water and your moss will also go brown.
If you no longer have the clear bag or peg, find a bag which is thin and clear to pop your moss ball in. Try leaving it in the bag for 1 week, without opening it. If it needs more, pop it back in and keep it sealed for another week.
Please note whilst using the bag is a moist environment, mould can form. This is not a problem, it just needs some air for the mould to disappear.