DIY : : Kokedama : : Hanging string plants

I buy plants. Sometimes. Not much. It’s not an addiction. Although every time I walk through the door with another green-leafed friend, my husband unsuccessfully hides a knowing smirk. Not an addiction.

The good news is that as my love for gardening and all things with leaves grows, my knowledge of how to keep plants alive also grows [pun fully intended]. I now know about putting air in soil, and that plants require water.

I fell in love with string gardens when I saw these Little Green Worlds at the Bangalow Markets earlier this year.

Little Green Worlds I tried to track them down at the next market, but their owner and creator was having a baby (a good excuse).

So I resorted to making my own.

They are called hanging string plants or hanging “kokedama” plants. I followed the tutorial at Design Sponge.

You will need:

* a plant (I used maiden hair fern and another shade lover, but not sure if this was the best choice as they require a lot of water)
* a 7:3 ratio of peat soil and akedama, or bonsai soil (I couldn’t get peat soil, but used peat coir instead. Not sure if this is right or not)
* dry sphagnum moss
* scissors
* cotton thread
* twine
* a jar of water
* moss, which you can often find in the garden.

 kokedama-hanging-string-garden 1. Shake the soil from the plants, being careful not to disturb the roots.


2. Use cotton thread to tie sphagnum moss around the roots of your plant.

 kokedama-hanging-string-garden 3. Mix water, peat soil (coir) and bonsai soil until you achieve a ball shape, which is larger than the root ball of your plant. I think because I couldn’t find peat soil, the consistency was not quite right. I didn’t get a clay-like ball – more a ball which falls apart.

4. Make a hole in your ball to fit the roots of your plant. In my case, I found it easier to pat the bonsai soil/peat coir/water mix around the roots.

5. Start packing your ball with moss. I used a combination of sphagnum and green moss I found in my garden. As you pack, tie with string. It’s a little tricky holding it all together, but the aim is to keep adding moss and wrapping the twine around your ball until you achieve a round shape (or a shape you are happy with). I ended up using a whole roll of twine to keep it all in place, and left some to hang the plant.


 kokedama-hanging-string-garden 6. Hang and enjoy!

To keep alive, either spray plants daily with water, or remove from the hook and soak a couple of times a week in water.

Are you a hanging plant person? Do you keep plants alive, or is it all a bit fickle? Had you heard of Kokedama before today?

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  • I love this idea. I have an agave and a bit of ‘money tree’ in vases with just water (no soil) and they have lasted 6 months so far! I love greenery too, particularly in winter when flowers are scarce.
    Nice to stumble upon your blog
    Liv x (

  • I love these. What a great idea!

  • Rita

    Wow! Well done! They look great!

  • Maxabella

    These look so cool, Zanni! I’ve never even seen them before. Pinning! x

  • Love these Zanni! i love them. I need to get a couple of things and then i am so onto these!