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Kokedama Planter

Mossy, Earthy & Beautiful

Kokedama Planter

Kokedama planters have a long ancient history in the Japanese art of botanical art form. These planters make beautiful and earthy decor pieces with living elements for your home. They make excellent container gardens for people who want to cultivate plants in a small space. They can be set on a table top or hung from the ceiling. By using desert dwelling succulents, they are easy to care for--requiring very little water. However, many different types of houseplants do well in a kokedama arrangement.

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Create Your Own Kokedama Planter

Click on each step to see how to make your own garden kokedama planter:

Step One

Gather your supplies and choose a location in your house with bright, indirect light.


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Step Two 

Begin by placing a small layer of soil at the bottom of your kokedama. Carefully pull your plants out their nursery pots and remove some of the soil around the roots.

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Step Three

Begin by planting your 2-4" cactus or tall succulent. Carefully place the root ball into the kokedama. The tall length of cactus will add a thrilling element and height to arrangement.

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Step Four

Next, carefully plant your echeveria. As your echeveria is on the shorter side, ensure it is planted toward the front of your arrangement so you can see it.

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Step Five

Finally, plant your 2-4" snake plant. These hardy and spiky plants have dramatic foliage and will provide a contrast of shape to your arrangement.

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Step Six

After planting your three plants, cover the roots of the plants with soil. To add even more visual interest, tuck some preserved moss on top of the kokedama.

Water your kokedama and it is ready to place in your home! Enjoy.

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Supplies List

  • a kokedama planter
  • 2-4" cactus
  • 2-4" echeveria succulent
  • 2-4" snake plant
  • dried moss
  • water