Traditional Japanese gardening technique grows on homeowners
Kokedama balls are perfect for small spaces, and are the latest trend to bring your greenery indoors
Brisbane is in the grip of a Kokedama ball craze and Magdalena Franco, events manager for BrisStyle, has the lowdown.
“Kokedama is very much an on-trend item at the moment, gaining massive momentum in the past couple of years,” Ms Franco said. “They are a great small space-saving way of introducing green life indoors. You don’t need a pot plant and can string them up.”
Kokedama balls are a centuries-old Japanese art form.
“They’re a composition of a plant you buy from the store, coupled with bonsai soil or special potting mix soil that has some clay in it,” Ms Franco said.
“You form the soil into a ball around the roots of the plant, eg a fern, and then put peat moss on the outside of the ball.
“Peat moss is moss that’s almost like it’s died but its properties mean that it can absorb and hold water for a long time.” Ms Franco said better results were achieved using certain plants, for example, flowering plants didn’t do so well but hanging plants such as ferns seemed to love the environment.
Kokedama can be strung up with macrame or string or placed on a flat style of dish. BrisStyle Inc will run free Kokedama ball workshops at the Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF) tomorrow. Costa Georgiadis from Gardening
Australia, will also be at LEAF, an environmental festival offering workshops on cheesemaking, beekeeping and upcycling, as well as sustainable gardening. LEAF will run 10am-3pm at Griffith University Logan Campus, 68 University Drive, Meadowbrook.