Kokedama – Japanese Technique to Decorate Your Home With Plants

We love plants. The pendants, the flashy ones, the ones that don’t need light. That is why we cannot stop talking about them. And because, also, they are ideal in interior decoration. Imagine a clean, white house, silence. Then another in which plants provide that natural touch capable of illuminating everything. Or, at least, make us feel nature from the very heart of the city.

Surely you saw them in some modern and ‘hipster’ restaurant. One of those in which plants are an essential element in decoration. Or perhaps at the home of a  ‘millennial’  because of his tendency to recharge the houses with pots. Without further ado, it is about kokedama, a Japanese technique where the absolute protagonist is the plants. But what is kokedama? What makes it different from the rest of the techniques?

This ball is lined with moss, resulting in a highly decorative and stimulating natural pot that breaks our mental models of a plant container. In fact, kokedama means moss ball in Japanese and it is a mixture of concepts and techniques used in Japan such as:

  • Nearai: growing plants in a clay bowl or on a rock, where the substrate remains practically in the air.
  • Kusamono: growing plants in a small bowl, placed on lacquered wood.
  • Bonsai: growing plants, such as trees and shrubs, that are forced to contain their growth.

If kokedama is interesting for something, it is because of its originality. There are no two alike since each one is made completely by hand. Each person can make their own version through this plant that is grown with a mixture of soil surrounded by a layer of moss. That is, the pot is fully alive.

The question is: Are they indoor or outdoor plants? They are usually placed indoors rather than outdoors, as in this case, they would need more attention and care. Thus, in case you decide to put a kokedama in your life, the best idea is for it to be indoors. Thus, you can decorate rooms and corners with different plants such as ferns, ivy, roses, geraniums, etc.

Maintenance and Placement Of The Kokedama

Its maintenance does not differ much from plants grown in pots. We recommend that you water them by immersion or by sprinkling the moss ball. The frequency of irrigation depends on the time of year, in cold periods, it will be more space than in warm periods.

If you want to decorate your house with kokedama, you must choose a correct and illuminated place, near a window and, above all, away from heating or drafts. Ah! And if you want to be totally modern, join the kokedama revolution by hanging them on ceilings and walls. A simple way to bring elegance and naturalness to space. We now show you some of the benefits of having this Japanese technique in your home.

Here are some examples of how you can imply this Japanese technique:









Tags: decor, decorations, home decor, indoor plants, interior design, Japanese technique, kokedama, plants

Author: Renata Kralevska


A passionate female writer, I specialize in articles about architecture and home interiors. I love sharing insights and inspiration to help readers create beautiful and functional living spaces.


Recent posts in DIY

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments