Kokedama Moss Ball with a succulentThe Japanese word kokedama in English literally means "moss ball". It's the process of removing a plants root system from its container, surrounding it in a mud cake, then wrapping the ball in moss and tying it with string. Original Japanese kokedama were then displayed on an altar-like platform. More recently kokedama has been taken a step further and gardeners have suspended their botanical creations.

The moss around the ball is used to retain moisture instead of a pot. It's common to use low light plants as moss doesn't like bright sunlight but as you will see gardeners have been pushing the boundary and testing out a huge variety of plants.

We've put together 16 inspiring ideas to introduce you to the world of kokedama.

Kokedama's placed on a simple dish are elegant and practical.

Kokedama Moss Balls sat on dishes

But they don't have to be placed on a simple dish, getting creative with their platform can be very rewarding.

Kokedama Moss Balls on unusual bases such as wood

Why stop the creativity? Suspending them from the ceiling does away with the dish altogether.

Individual Kokedama moss balls hung from the ceiling

You don't have to hang them on their own either, grouping them together gives you, your very own hanging garden!

A group of Kokedama moss balls hung from the ceiling

Creativity knows no bounds, placing your kokedama outside or on elaborate displays makes for a great conversation piece and you can even have Christmas kokedamas.

Kokedama moss balls in unusual settings


Kokedama moss ball with an orchid plantGardening is a wonderful opportunity to let your creative side run riot and kokedama are a perfect for you to experiment with different ideas and styles. Whether you make your own kokedama or purchase one ready made, they are sure to be an awesome addition to your home or garden.

Happy Gardening!