How to Take Care of Kokedama and Water Them?

What is a Kokedama?

It’s a traditional Japanese art form that originated more than 400 years ago.

Kokedama is a ball of soil, covered with moss, on which an ornamental plant grows.

Some people call it the ‘poor man’s bonsai’ or ‘String garden’

It is a poor man bonsai because bonsai trees were really expensive back in the day.

This way, anyone could create a little bonsai Kokedama for themselves

by using any type of plant and putting it into this bowl of mud and moss.

It is called the string bonsai

Because you can hang the kokedama like this.


How do you know if your Kokedama needs watering?

  1. The first sign to know if your kokedama needs watering is the weight.

So if you carry it, and it is super light like this one,

that means that the soil is really dry, and that’s good for water.

The frequency of watering depends on the plant used for your moss ball.


Here is what we will recommend for:

foliage kokedama- once a week

succulent kokedama every 2.5 to 3 weeks.

Remember, with succulents you want to make sure that the soil is really dry because the succulent doesn’t want so much watering.


  1. The second step to check if your kokedama needs water is with a toothpick.

So the way that you check is to insert the tooth pick right inside the soil, and you want to make sure that your stick goes all the way to the middle of your kokedama ball.

Then you take it out, and if the stick is dry, that means that your Kokedama needs watering.


So, here is what you need to water your kokedama:

A bowl like this and water.

So to start, fill up the bowl with water to a level where your moss ball will be covered half way.

Remember, you want the water to reach the roots, but not the plant itself.

Then place the moss ball inside the water.

You can add more water if needed.

Let it stay for about 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, take your moss ball out of the water and let it dry for another 15 minutes.


A faster way is to

Use a dry cloth, wrap it around the kokedama and give a gentle squeeze to dry the moss.

And there you have it. A watered kokedama!


Do give these tips a try

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