Asparagus Kokedama – Asparagus setaceus ‘Plumosus’ planted in the moss ball.
The Asparagus setaceus ‘plumosus’ is characterized by a wafer-thin and filigree lace-alike foliage in rich green colour. It has long wiry stems and lovely frond-like sprays that lay outwards horizontally. It is bushy initially, with time is developing long, twining stems of bright green, feathery fronds. Tiny green-white bell-shaped flowers may appear in late summer which develops into small, purple berries (inedible, might cause skin irritation). Although Asparagus setaceus looks soft and frilly, it does develop thorns to watch for when handling. Despite what its common name – Lace Fern/Asparagus Fern – suggests, it is not a fern, but it belongs to the lily family.
The form of kokedama allows it to either stand on a ceramic base, shell, bark of wood and be placed on window sills, tables or hung from the ceiling or at the windows as a solitary on in a group, as a string garden.
“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. For Asparagus Kokedama roughly recommendation is each3-7 days, depending 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. At the beginning, it will float over the surface, wait till it will drown. Allow to soak 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.
Asparagus setaceus basic care&information:
Light: Bright, indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight may scorch the needles, whereas insufficient light may turn them yellow and cause them to drop.
Water: Keep well-watered, but do not allow to stand in water. Less water is required during the winter but don’t let the soil dry out completely.
Temperature: Normal warm household temperatures. Needs a minimum of 13°C in winter.
Humidity: High. It is recommended for bathrooms or kitchens, where humidity is higher. It also might needs misting to improve humidity.
Toxicity: The berries are inedible. May cause skin irritation.
Origin: Southern Africa.