Tra­di­tional Ja­panese gar­den­ing tech­nique grows on homeowners

Kokedama balls are per­fect for small spa­ces, and are the lat­est trend to bring your green­ery in­doors

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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.

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