Most Rant readers are likely familiar with Japanese moss ball plants, or kokedama. I was not, however (or maybe I forgot about them), and when I saw a pre-Christmas email from a local plant store offering kokedama of various sizes for sale, with images, I was there the next day. “I’m here for the kokedama,” I announced, and promptly bought 6 large ones for holiday gifts. As it happens, one of my friends had similar ideas, so now I have a modestly sized kokedama as part of my kitchen plant array.
If you google, you’ll find all kinds of sites devoted to the DIY creation of these things. No thank you! I’ll stick to my store-bought kokedama and put my energies into keeping it alive, which doesn’t seem hard if it stays in a shallow dish and soaks up water at need. (And it’s pretty easy to tell when it’s time to add water.) I will not, as many seem to do, hang the plant from the ceiling. That’s just going to make watering a pain—also, I notice that the moss tends to shed. Ferns are often recommended for kokedama culture, but the ones I bought are mainly sturdy house plants of office-surviving varieties. Ferns are fussy in houses where central heating reigns during the winter.
A new year, a new—to me—winter garden addition. Cheers to kokedama!