The Art of Japanese Gardening

Started in the 1990s, Kokedama translates to “moss ball” and has also earned the name “Poor Mans Bonsai”. The aim of a Kokedama is to make a self sustainable plant pot that will house the plant, retain moisture and nutrients, as well as create an appeal where ever you may decide to place it.

At Nicolas Plants, we have decided to create our own style of Kokedamas. With the demand of vertical gardens setting the trend in South Africa, we came up with a more cost-effective vertical garden that is also 3 dimensional!

So how do you make a Kokedama?

Kokedamas are usually made by mixing peat moss and bonsai soil with water to create a soil ball, which is then wrapped with sphagnum moss and bind with twine. At Nicolas Plants, we have added our own mix to it, by using coco peat, frost cover and green moss or coir fibre, all wrapped together either with tarred or natural twine.

Why coco peat?

Coco peat is made from the material found inside the coconuts husk. It is antifungal by nature and is used either as a growing medium or soil conditioner. And best yet, it is an eco-friendly product made without the environmental damage.

  • promotes plant growth
  • holds moisture
  • suitable for pots and garden
  • no pathogens

Our coco peat is mixed with perlite to aid in moisture retention and water drainage.


The plant is taken out of the pot with soil still intact and placed in the coco peat medium that has been prepared on a piece of frost cover.

Frost cover helps to keep the coco peat and roots of the plant all together as the ball is formed.

Once the ball is formed and wrapped with the frost cover, it is lined with either green moss or coir fibre. 

  • Green moss and coir fibre are both good for water retention and areation, and will not decompose .

To add the final touch, the ball is wrapped in either natural or tarred twine. We use twine instead of fish line as it works better at supporting the kokedama ball and gives it more of  a natural look.

A metal wire is placed through the center of the ball, and this becomes the support system for the kokedama to be suspended from, and to attached other kokedamas to the collection.

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