Gallery: DIY: How To Make a Hanging Bonsai String Garden


What You'll Need:

- Shade-loving plants with small root bases. Wilder story author Taylor Patterson recommends ferns, begonias, or orchids, but notes that "most plants should happily thrive provided there's enough sunlight."
- A 7:3 ratio peat moss and bonsai soil (Akedama). Mix the moss and soil together, adding water if necessary, to make it a clay-like consistency
- Sphagum moss soaked in water. "Sphagnum moss is important because it holds water like a sponge and guarantees that the roots of your little Kokedama will stay moist," says Patterson.
- Cotton thread
- Sheet moss
- Natural and biodegradable twine or string

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  1. dsanfrancis June 15, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I can’t imagine how an orchid would fair in soil, even fast draining soil. I’ve seen a few pictures online of phalaenopsis and oncidium kokedama but no explanations on whether they hold up well or eventually suffer from root rot. Any idea?

  2. yanggers February 7, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Nice article. Bonsai soil media is not Akedama, it’s Akadama.

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