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Kokedama Care & FAQs

Kokedama fresh air plants are easy to maintain, requiring a little watering to keep the moss ball happy and healthy. Here are some tips and instructions to look after your Kokedama.

FAQs for your Kokedama: Bonsai TreePalmCoco Fibre

Watering Guide

1.
Water approximately every 6 to 9 days

2.
Submerge moss ball in water for 5 mins until bubbling stops

3.
Lightly squeeze moss ball and leave to drain for 5 mins

4.
Return plant to display tray and mist the moss every 3 to 5 days

Bonsai Trees

I'm new to Bonsai trees, is it difficult to look after one?

No, the bonsai trees can be delicate (depending on the species and your home environment) but they are easy to look after. Just follow our watering instructions above, or if you are busy – you can quickly water your Kokedama by running it under a tap for 10 seconds and letting it drain naturally before placing it back to its happy spot.

Air temperature and humidity will determine how frequently you need to water your plant. You can feel the weight of the plant to help you decide if it needs some water, if it feels very light, it is likely to be quite thirsty, if it has plenty of water, the root ball will be heavier.

Where is the best place for my Bonsai tree?

Your bonsai plant will be most happy in a bright spot away from draughts and extreme temperature changes. Our beginners bonsai trees enjoy direct sunlight for optimum growth, while our Buddhist pines are a hardier option and will tolerate slightly lower light levels and temperature. If placed in a warmer, drier environment such as a kitchen, the root ball is likely to dry out quicker, requiring more watering than if it is living in a bathroom where there is more moisture in the air.

Is it normal for my Bonsai tree to lose leaves?

Your plant could lose 1/3 of their leaves during the winter time when there is less light available, this is a normal and natural process, because the plant is saving its energy – a bit like hibernating animals!

If your tree loses some leaves in the weeks after you receive it, this could be a reaction to the subtle stress of the delivery process, once you have it housed in a suitable spot and water as required it will soon establish itself and put out new growth.

Has my bonsai tree died?

If you are unsure whether or not your plant is still alive you can gently scrape some of the bark with a small knife – if the growth underneath is green, it is still living. Dead plants/trees will have brittle branches and without green growth.

Do I need to prune my bonsai tree?

Yes, the art of pruning is part of bonsai culture and cultivation, it can help the tree to stay healthy and vigorous and also to use its available energy most efficiently. To prune, remove any brown/dry leaves and cut any dead branches/stems. Live branches will have some natural spring tension when bent slightly whereas dead branches/stems will be brittle.

Do I need to fertilise my plant?

Your plant will benefit from feeding during the growing season, March – October.

All of our plants come with a two-month supply of slow-release nutrients packed into their root ball. In the growing season we recommend feeding with a liquid houseplant food, following the directions on the bottle. This is just like watering your plant as normal except that the food solution is mixed into the water. Liquid plant food is available from our store.

Caution! Always follow the directions on the bottle, it is possible to over feed your plant and cause more harm than good.

Is it good for the Bonsai tree to be indoors all the time?

Yes, your bonsai will live happily indoors as long as it’s in a suitable spot with enough light and ventilation. When looked after properly our plants will help to oxygenate the air inside your home and can also absorb air borne toxins!

Will heating affect my tree?

Yes, internal heating and air conditioning can affect your Bonsai tree. We recommend that you place your plant at a safe distance from heaters or air conditioning units, this will prevent it suffering from sudden/extreme temperature changes. Your plant will enjoy some fresh air, however if placed directly in front of an open window or outside, the draught and temperature changes can affect the health of your plant/tree.

There is wire woven around my plant, will it affect it?

Bonsai trees require wire to train and maintain their sculptured shape. This will not affect the tree negatively even if it’s embedded in the bark. It is normal and will not affect the health of the tree at all.

My moss is turning brown, what can I do?

1. The moss may have dried up; you can regenerate it by watering the moss ball and then placing in a clear plastic bag for 1- 2 weeks to keep the humidity high. For healthy moss we recommend that you mist spray the ball regularly to maintain moisture. If your plant is in a warm room with drier air (e.g., kitchen) then it will likely to be thirstier than if it is in a humid room (e.g., bathroom).

2. The moss may have been over-watered and is saturated. When saturated, the moss struggles to breathe and can turn brown. To fix this, simply water less frequently, the aim is to maintain moisture without drowning it!

3. Our moss is a natural product and comes to us in varying colour hues, your root ball may be covered with a mixture of different types of moss, this is nothing to be concerned about. Just follow the instructions in our care guide for a healthy plant and moss ball.

Mould is appearing on the moss, what should I do?

Although rare, mould growth can occur as your plant is a living organism which also supports other living organisms; it is most likely to appear after being rehydrated using the plastic bag method. Simply wipe away any mould with diluted dishwashing liquid at a ratio of 1 part dishwashing liquid to 10 parts water. To prevent more mould growth, move your plant to a place that has more ventilation.

Friendly creatures are good!

It is fairly common for your plant to have earth worms or other living creatures living in the root ball, this indicates that the soil is healthy. However, if you notice other insects such as aphids on your bonsai tree you can use the diluted dish soap solution to spray/wipe the affected areas to remove the bugs or alternatively, purchase an organic bug spray for more persistent bugs.

Palms

I'm new to indoor plants, is it difficult to look after one?

No, our Palms and Ferns are especially hardy and very easy to look after. Just follow our watering instructions above, or if you are busy – you can quickly water your Kokedama by running it under a tap for 10 seconds and letting it drain naturally before placing it back to its happy spot.

Air temperature and humidity will determine how frequently you need to water your plant. If placed in a warm room with dry air it will require more frequent watering than if it’s in a cooler room or a room with more moisture in the air. You can feel the weight of the plant to help you decide if it needs some water, if it feels very light, it’s likely to be quite thirsty and in need of some water, if it has plenty of water, the root ball will be heavier.

Where is the best place for my plant?

Your plant will flourish anywhere in the house where there is sufficient natural light and some fresh air movement. Too much direct sunlight can be problematic as they originate from shady tropical climates. The leaves may turn pale green and look sun-bleached if over-exposed. You can experiment and move it around to where you feel it would fit the best. We have found that Palms and Ferns like humid environments best such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Is having a plant in the house beneficial?

These plants are considered to be some of the top fresh air plants by NASA which have great benefits for your wellbeing and health; they help purify the air around you and can absorb airborne toxins. These plants like being indoors, all they need is water, light and plant food when required.

My moss is turning brown, what can I do?

1. The moss may have dried up; you can regenerate it by watering the moss ball and then placing in a clear plastic bag for 1- 2 weeks to keep the humidity high. For healthy moss we recommend that you mist spray the ball regularly to maintain moisture. If your plant is in a warm room with drier air (e.g., kitchen) then it will likely to be thirstier than if it is in a humid room (e.g., bathroom).

2. The moss may have been over-watered and is saturated. When saturated, the moss struggles to breathe and can turn brown. To fix this, simply water less frequently, the aim is to maintain moisture without drowning it!

3. Our moss is a natural product and comes to us in varying colour hues, your root ball may be covered with a mixture of different types of moss, this is nothing to be concerned about. Just follow the instructions in our care guide for a healthy plant and moss ball.

Mould is appearing on the moss, what should I do?

Although rare, mould growth can occur as your plant is a living organism which also supports other living organisms; it is most likely to appear after being rehydrated using the plastic bag method. Simply wipe away any mould with diluted dishwashing liquid at a ratio of 1 part dishwashing liquid to 10 parts water. To prevent more mould growth, move your plant to a place that has more ventilation.

Is it normal for my plant to lose leaves?

Your plant could lose 1/3 of their leaves during the winter time when there is less light available, this is a normal and natural process, because the plant is saving its energy – a bit like hibernating animals!

If your plant loses some leaves in the weeks after you receive it, this could be a reaction to the subtle stress of the delivery process, once you have it housed in a suitable spot and water as required it will soon establish itself and put out new growth.

Do I need to fertilise my plant?

Your plant will benefit from feeding during the growing season, March – October.

All of our plants come with a two-month supply of slow-release nutrients packed into their root ball. In the growing season we recommend feeding with a liquid houseplant food, following the directions on the bottle. This is just like watering your plant as normal except that the food solution is mixed into the water. Liquid plant food is available from our store.

Caution! Always follow the directions on the bottle, it is possible to over feed your plant and cause more harm than good.

Will heating affect my plant?

Yes, internal heating and air conditioning can affect your plant. We recommend that you place your plant at a safe distance from heaters or air conditioning units, this will prevent it suffering from sudden/extreme temperature changes. Your plant will enjoy some fresh air, however if placed directly in front of an open window or outside, the draught and temperature changes can affect the health of your plant/tree.

Friendly creatures are good!

It is fairly common for your plant to have earth worms or other living creatures living in the root ball, this indicates that the soil is healthy. However, if you notice other insects such as aphids on your bonsai tree you can use the diluted dish soap solution to spray/wipe the affected areas to remove the bugs or alternatively, purchase an organic bug spray for more persistent bugs.

I’m going on holiday. How do I keep the plant alive while I’m away?

Simply water your plant and let it drain naturally so that it is not saturated, then place the ball in a clear bag, with the top tied and sealed at the base of the stem. You can leave it like this for up to 2-3 weeks.

Coco Fibre

Coco fibre plants are a low maintenance alternative to the traditional live moss Kokedama plants. They look great and there is no need to spray mist their root ball — perfect for busy people and beginners!

I'm new to indoor plants, is it difficult to look after one?

No, our Coco fibre plants are especially hardy and very easy to look after, just follow our watering instructions above, or if you are busy – you can quickly water your Kokedama by running it under a tap for 10 seconds and letting it drain naturally before placing it back to its happy spot.

Air temperature and humidity will determine how frequently you need to water your plant. If placed in a warm room with dry air it will require more frequent watering than if it’s in a cooler room or a room with more moisture in the air. You can feel the weight of the plant to help you decide if it needs some water, if it feels very light, it’s likely to be quite thirsty and in need of some water, if it has plenty of water, the root ball will be heavier.

Where is the best place for my plant?

Your plant will flourish anywhere in the house where there is sufficient natural light and some fresh air movement. Too much direct sunlight can be problematic as they originate from shady tropical climates. The leaves may turn pale green and look sun-bleached if over-exposed. You can experiment and move it around to where you feel it would fit the best. We have found that Palms and Ferns like humid environments best such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Is having a plant in the house beneficial?

These plants are considered to be some of the top fresh air plants by NASA which have great benefits for your wellbeing and health; they help purify the air around you and can absorb airborne toxins. These plants like being indoors, all they need is water, light and plant food when required.

Mould is appearing on the moss, what should I do?

Although rare, mould growth can occur as your plant is a living organism which also supports other living organisms; it is most likely to appear after being rehydrated using the plastic bag method. Simply wipe away any mould with diluted dishwashing liquid at a ratio of 1 part dishwashing liquid to 10 parts water. To prevent more mould growth, move your plant to a place that has more ventilation.

Is it normal for my plant to lose leaves?

Your plant could lose 1/3 of their leaves during the winter time when there is less light available, this is a normal and natural process, because the plant is saving its energy – a bit like hibernating animals!

If your plant loses some leaves in the weeks after you receive it, this could be a reaction to the subtle stress of the delivery process, once you have it housed in a suitable spot and water as required it will soon establish itself and put out new growth.

Do I need to fertilise my plant?

You might notice that your leaves are lighter in colour and have lost their shine – this can indicate that your plant needs some food. We recommend feeding them during the growing season, March – October.

All of our plants come with a two-month supply of slow-release nutrients packed into their root ball. In the growing season we recommend feeding with a liquid houseplant food, following the directions on the bottle. This is just like watering your plant as normal except that the food solution is mixed into the water. Liquid plant food is available from our store.

Caution! Always follow the directions on the bottle, it is possible to over feed your plant and do more harm than good.

Will heating affect my plant?

Yes, internal heating and air conditioning can affect your plant. We recommend that you place your plant at a safe distance from heaters or air conditioning units, this will prevent it suffering from sudden/extreme temperature changes. Your plant will enjoy some fresh air, however if placed directly in front of an open window or outside, the draught and temperature changes can affect the health of your plant/tree.

Friendly creatures are good!

It is fairly common for your plant to have earth worms or other living creatures living in the root ball, this indicates that the soil is healthy. However, if you notice other insects such as aphids on your bonsai tree you can use the diluted dish soap solution to spray/wipe the affected areas to remove the bugs or alternatively, purchase an organic bug spray for more persistent bugs.

I’m going on holiday. How do I keep the plant alive while I’m away?

Simply water your plant and let it drain naturally so that it is not saturated, then place the ball in a clear bag, with the top tied and sealed at the base of the stem. You can leave it like this for up to 2-3 weeks.