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 starting to brown it’s best to catch it early.
Your moss will go brown if it has dried out or if it has been over watered. If the moss is saturated for long periods it will go brown as it can't breathe. Moss prefers to be lightly moist all the time.
To help keep it green you are looking at creating a mini greenhouse. To do this place your lightly moist moss ball into a clear thin bag; it also helps to lightly mist the bag beforehand. Keeping the bag sealed will mean all the moisture is retained.
Place the bag in a medium sunlit area to help create the humid environment that the moss needs. For this to work properly the bag needs to generate humidity. So you are looking for a fine mist developing on the inside of the bag.
If you have a puddle in the bottom of your bag you have too much water and your moss may go brown: simply empty the bag and start again.
Try leaving it in the bag for 1 to 2 weeks, without opening it. Check the moss and if needed reseal for another week.
Please note whilst using the bag in a moist environment, mold can form. This is not a problem, just wipe off the mold and let the air circulate on the affected area.