How did I miss this? I got in on the terrarium revival, but somehow, kokedama has been raging throughout the U.S. and U.K. unnoticed by me. It’s also known as string gardening or moss ball gardening, and originated in Japan, receiving some innovative tweaking in the Netherlands.
Of course, I’ve seen plenty of orchids growing this way—as well as some staghorn ferns—at our botanical gardens, but I had never considered it for my own house plants. It’s a container-free method that wraps the roots in mud, moss, and string. It looks better than it sounds. You can pretty much do with any kind of plant.
The watering seems like a bit of a chore. They have to be soaked and then drained every once in a while—the best way to gauge when they need water is by the weight.
It addresses some of the aesthetic issues of indoor gardening. I insist on houseplants—they add beauty and help clean the air—but sometimes a houseplant can be too beholden to its pot. It’s interesting to take the pots out of the equation. They still need to sit on something if they’re not hanging, but you’re still getting more of the plantness of the plant.
Are any of you trying this—or have been doing it all along? Downsides?Posted by Elizabeth Licata on December 3, 2012 at 8:00 am, in the category It's the Plants, Darling, Shut Up and Dig.