Kokedama – Japanese String Gardens

Posted on by Robin

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I came across such an amazing concept.  Kokedama – Japanese String Gardens!!  Artist and Botanist, Fedor Van der Valk, has designed a vast series of String Gardens.  Just in time for all the spring bulbs that are out right now, these hanging plants are such a beautiful and serene display.  I can’t help but feel a calmness when I look at these pics.  I think it’s the combination of the plants, the mud, the moss and the scent of them all combined.  Hurry up Spring!


Muscari (Grape Hyacinth) and Tulips are a sure sign that Spring is coming (eventually).


This indoor hanging spring garden looks so serene.  I could sit in there for hours.


Cobra lilies blow my mind!  I have never seen them so big!  These guys are actually carnivorous plants and live off of eating insects.  They are quite similar to the pitcher plant where they catch water and lure their prey in!


Poppies!  These are one of my fave flowers!


The great thing about green plants is that they purify the air and creates clean oxygen!  So bringing some green indoors is always a great idea and will guarantee to liven up any space.

Stay tuned, Shannon and I are going to attempt to create our own version of these string gardens!

Anyone missing the warm weather as much as I do?  How do you cure these January winter blues?

- Robin

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27 comments on “Kokedama – Japanese String Gardens

  1. Kelly @ JAX does design on said:

    Wow, these string gardens are really unique and cool! Although the one question that comes to mind is, how do you water them without getting water all over whatever is below them?

    I love the grouping of greenery in the very last picture.

    Have fun creating your own string gardens!

    {And yes, I’m missing the warm weather too. I’m keeping the January blues away by working on lots of indoor house projects :-) }

    • Hey Kelly,
      if you look below I tried to explain some watering techniques for you and Sarah :)

      • Cyndi on said:

        I too would like to know how one waters these beautiful plants. I have lupus, so I can not go outside and garden any longer, I’m heat sensation and allergic to UVRAYS rays.

  2. Sarah @ Sugar and Shimmer on said:

    Robin, I was totally thinking the same as Kelly – how do you water them?
    Love the concept but unfortunately so would my cat and they wouldn’t be hanging for long! Can’t wait to see yours :)

    • Great question Sarah and Kelly!

      Like most plants there will always be a recommended watering schedule, which usually changes all depending on where the plant is situated. Also keep in mind that certain plants can only survive in certain areas.

      Your best bet is to bring your plants down, immerse them into a bucket of luke warm water and hold them over the bucket for a couple of minutes to let the water run through. You will still probably have to place a bucket or mat underneath to catch the excess water just in case!

      If your plants are too high up, giving them a little bit of water, a little more often while they are hanging will also do the trick. Since they would be wrapped in moss, the moss acts as a sponge to lock moisture in. Just be sure not to over water, or else you will end up with a puddle underneath. even spritzing them with water would work too. I use this method on orchids and spritz them a little every day :)

      I find watering plants super therapeutic and calming. I don’t know if its the warm water, or the smell of damp soil and moss, but something about it just soothes my soul!

      Hope this helps!

      • Sarah @ Sugar and Shimmer on said:

        Thanks, Robin!

      • Janaki Rao on said:

        Gardening is totally therapeutic, and as you say it’s a combination of all the five senses that make it so rewarding and uplifting. I guess we’re all farmers at heart, and the smell of damp earth during rains has to be one of the most heavenly!
        About these moss “containers”–how do I go about making them? I live in coastal south India where it’s always sunny and humid and would love to do this string garden ASAP.Look forward to your guidance in this.

  3. Carol-Anne on said:

    What an amazing idea! So simple and yet so unique!

  4. Lisa B on said:

    These are SUPER awesome! When you and Shannon attempt this do a DYI for sure! Something I’m sure a LOT of people will be interested in.

  5. How do you make these???? How do you contain the soil in a perfect sphere, anyone know?

    • Shannon on said:

      In order to make them round, we made the ball of soil with our hands and then wrapped them in twine so that the soil was contained. And to water them, we take them off their hooks and put them in the sink. Hope that helps!

  6. Lillie on said:

    DO you think this would work well with orchids? Then it would be easy to water as I spray mine. Also, they are wrapped in Moss. Thoughts??


    • Oh absolutely!!! Originally this idea was created using orchids! What not a lot of people know is that orchids are actually air plants! So for an orchid to grow in a pot is pretty restricting for them. We are sure they would love to be suspended in a ball of moss!

  7. Bobbi Jones on said:

    Where do I get the starts?

  8. What kind of soil I have to use to make ferns and orquids?

  9. Julie on said:

    what kind of string or twine would you recommend?

  10. Virginia Horne on said:

    These ideas are so wonderful Great for children to learn. Super gifts for friends.

  11. elghannaoui moha on said:

    Ces idées sont si merveilleux Idéal pour les enfants à apprendre. Super cadeaux pour des amis.


    Maravilloso, esto me alimenta el alma, cariños.

  13. How do u create this?

  14. zahid ikram on said:

    i love different gardens.

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