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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.
Wrap colorful twine around the root ball for a bold, modern look. Image: Mattis Kaminer/Getty Images
Or, if you’d rather not get your hands dirty, there are kits available:
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:
Group a cluster of Kokedama as a dining table centerpiece. Image: chikaphotograph/Getty Images
Ferns are great plants for a hanging moss ball design. Image: Dorling Kindersley and Rob Streeter/Getty Images
Group a collection of different styles of plants and hang them at varying heights. Image: Dorling Kindersley and Rob Streeter/Getty Images
Use small succulents for a low-maintenance and low-water design. Image: kindoki/Getty Images
For an artistic look, use a Kokedama ball in a design inspired by a pendulum. Image: yasmintas/Shutterstock
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:
Use a colorful flowering plant or orchid inside your Kokedama — like this Super Moss Kokedama kit at Amazon — as part of your moss ball design. The pop of color adds vibrancy to a setting. Image courtesy of Amazon.
How would you display your moss balls: hanging or as part of a table setting design?
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