Its easy to see why houseplants are back in the spotlight, at little cost, they instantly transform a room into a more vibrant space & boost your mood, we all feel better for having some greenery around us.
They also have the ability, though I think of it more as a superpower, of quietly getting on with absorbing harmful chemicals found in our homes & offices. Seemingly innocuous office equipment, furniture & cleaning products can contain a number of irritants. *
So they’re a great thing to have in an office. But why just stick plants in a pot, when making kokedama (Japanese for moss ball) is a step further along the creative path of displaying houseplants.
I spent a happy morning at Jamie Olivers H.Q. in London, showing some of the people who work there, how to make kokedama.
This Workshop was such a joy.
You can see from their expressions what a happy bunch they are, they’re a true reflection of a nice place to work, which in itself is important for wellbeing.
Thanks so much to Showa for supplying the biodegradable gloves for the Workshop.
I’ve used their Showa Floreo gardening gloves for years, they fit like a second skin & are washable, so last for ages.
Kokedama means moss-ball in Japanese, here’s how to make your own:
Its best to start off with a watered plant & damp moss, rather than trying to water it all afterwards. Stand the plant in a saucer after its been watered, to let it soak up as much water as it needs, then spray the moss with a mist of water, then assemble everything.
approximately 50:50 mix of multi-purpose compost
a plant, one that doesn’t need sun e.g. ferns, peace lily (Spathyphylum)
moss, available from florists
scissors & string, we used plain brown, bright pink & orange, pre-cut because you’ll have your hands full when you need it
a spray bottle of water
a container for mixing the soil
place the soil in the mixing container, add water & mix, aiming for a consistency that sticks into a ball when you gently squeeze it together in your hands.
gently remove the plant from the pot & coat the damp soil mix around the root ball of the plant
gently squeeze it in place to cover all the roots well
then add a coat of moss, this layer covers the soil & helps to prevent it keeps drying out, & it looks nice too.
Wrap string around the moss, leaving a long piece free at the begining & end of the winding to make the loop for hanging. Criss-cross the string around the moss & tie the long ends together into a loop.
Mist with water to keep it from drying out. Every 3 days should be enough, maybe more in winter when the heating is on, & on hot summer days.
Showa supplied the gloves, but I didn’t receive any payment from them, I just like to pass on information about products that work well.
I hope you feel inspired to have a go at making your own kokedama.
*Source: Royal Horticultural Society.
Thanks to Rob Hannington for the photos.