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Trend Alert: Kokedama (Japanese Moss Balls) Adds Live Art To Your Home and Garden

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Japanese moss balls, known as Kokedama, are hot right now. No pot required — the ancient Japanese art form is a way to display a plant where the exposed round root ball is the focal point. Hang it, mount one on the wall or create an arrangement on a table for a modern-zen look. A Kokedama ball is traditionally created by using soil that has a heavy clay composition and doesn’t crumble easily. You can wrap the ball in moss or colorful twine to hold the shape and retain some moisture.

what is kokedama?

Wrap colorful twine around the root ball for a bold, modern look. Image: Mattis Kaminer/Getty Images

Choose your plant according to where you’re going to display your Kokedama moss ball. Orchids, African violets, ivy, succulents and ferns work well both indoors and outdoors.

Here are some ways you can display your Kokedama around your home and garden:

moss ball trend

Group a cluster of Kokedama as a dining table centerpiece. Image: chikaphotograph/Getty Images

hanging plant ideas

Ferns are great plants for a hanging moss ball design. Image: Dorling Kindersley and Rob Streeter/Getty Images

kokedama ideas

Group a collection of different styles of plants and hang them at varying heights. Image: Dorling Kindersley and Rob Streeter/Getty Images

succulent moss balls

Use small succulents for a low-maintenance and low-water design. Image: kindoki/Getty Images

moss ball decorating ideas

For an artistic look, use a Kokedama ball in a design inspired by a pendulum. Image: yasmintas/Shutterstock

hanging plants ideas

Replace a collection of pots with hanging moss balls wrapped in twine. The design is a great way to take back valuable floor space. Image: esekerke13/Shutterstock

How would you display your moss balls: hanging or as part of a table setting design?


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