Let’s rock this year Christmas decoration differently. This year it is hard to keep the season atmosphere, so why won’t keep it handy by the small reminder on our office desk or a kitchen table? And at best, leave it for much longer or just convert on the tiny all-year house plant!
Norfolk Island pine, Araucaria heterophylla, belongs to the ancient and now disjointly distributed conifer family Araucariaceae. As its vernacular name Norfolk Island pine (or Norfolk pine) implies, the tree is endemic to Norfolk Island, a small island in the Pacific Ocean but is cultivated elsewhere as an ornamental. It is sometimes called a star pine, triangle tree or living Christmas tree, due to its symmetrical shape as a sapling, although it is not a true pine.
The form of kokedama allows it to either stand on a ceramic base, shell, bark of wood and be placed on window sills or tables as a solitary tree or in a group, as a home little forest.
“Kokedama (苔玉, in English, literally “moss ball”, koke – moss, tama – ball) is a ball of soil, covered with moss, on which an ornamental plant grows. The idea has its origins in Japan, where it is a combination of the nearai 根洗い (literally “root wash,” but meaning “no pot”) bonsai and kusamono planting styles. Today, Kokedama is very popular in Japanese gardens. “
Kokedama, is the youngest of bonsai varieties technique. It was established in the 90s in Japan. Initially, it wasn’t covered with moss or any other material. The idea to cover the soil and roots with moss came much later and it is still very young. Moss gives an additional cover, ensuring longer moisture retention and add extra aesthetic values. Kokedamas warm the cold interiors, giving it a friendly and unique character.
Each time you notice that your kokedama are air weight-light they will need watering. The rough recommendation is once a week but it depends on the humidity in your apartment. To water kokedama, place it in the water, plant side up. Slightly push the moss ball down so that it is fully submerged and begins to absorb water. In the beginning, it will float over the surface, wait till it will drown. Allow soaking for 10-15 minutes, or until fully saturated with water. Remove kokedama from the water, gently squeeze the moss ball to allow excess water to drain, you might also shape it properly. Leave it overnight to drain all the excess of water.
Size of the kokedama:
height: more than 40cm
fi: around 10cm