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

Step 3 Wrap the roots with sphagnum moss and squeeze out any excess water. Then neatly wrap all of the sphagnum moss around the roots and tie it together with the cotton thread. Eventually, the thread will disintegrate and the roots will spread through
 

Step 3

Wrap the roots with sphagnum moss and squeeze out any excess water. Then neatly wrap all of the sphagnum moss around the roots and tie it together with the cotton thread. Eventually, the thread will disintegrate and the roots will spread through the moss into the soil.

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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Step by step instructions created by Taylor Patterson and photos by Rory Gunderson for Wilder Quarterly. Text and photos used with permission.

Gently knock the soil from the roots of your plant. This is easier to do when the soil is somewhat dry. If the roots are tightly wrapped around themselves, gently massage them until the soil loosens up.

Step 2

After most of the soil is off the roots, quickly dip them in room-temperature water

Step 3

Wrap the roots with sphagnum moss and squeeze out any excess water. Then neatly wrap all of the sphagnum moss around the roots and tie it together with the cotton thread. Eventually, the thread will disintegrate and the roots will spread through the moss into the soil.

To see this full printed article, order a copy of Wilder’s 2012 Winter Issue here. Wilder created a special discount code for Inhabitat readers. The first 100 readers to use WQ02 upon check-out will receive a 15% discount on either a single issue or one year subscription. Wilder donates a portion of the subscription price to support the Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit that provides free summer camp experiences to more than 1.7 million children from disadvantaged communities.

Step by step instructions created by Taylor Patterson and photos by Rory Gunderson for Wilder Quarterly. Text and photos used with permission.

Step 4

Shape your soil mixture into a ball about the size of a grapefruit. Patterson notes that you should use your best judgement when shaping the ball, as plants vary in sizes.

Step 5

Break the soil ball in half and sandwich the roots between the two pieces, reshaping the ball around the roots. Add more soil if it’s not holding its shape.

Step 6

Cover the ball with the sheet moss, making sure your twine is nearby. As you wrap the moss, secure it with the twine as you go. Continue to wrap the moss and twine until the ball feels secure. Don’t forget to make a longer, handle-like piece so you will be able to hang the plant.

To see this full printed article, order a copy of Wilder’s 2012 Winter Issue here. Wilder created a special discount code for Inhabitat readers. The first 100 readers to use WQ02 upon check-out will receive a 15% discount on either a single issue or one year subscription. Wilder donates a portion of the subscription price to support the Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit that provides free summer camp experiences to more than 1.7 million children from disadvantaged communities.

Step by step instructions created by Taylor Patterson and photos by Rory Gunderson for Wilder Quarterly. Text and photos used with permission.

Step 7

Hang the plant and admire your beautiful work!

Maintenance:

Soak the plant for 10-15 minutes in water once a week (twice a week for ferns). Fill a buck with about 2 cups of water, place the string garden in the bucket and wait for it to absorb all of the water. Let the garden drain in a sink until it stops dripping before rehanging.

Step by step instructions created by Taylor Patterson and photos by Rory Gunderson for Wilder Quarterly. Text and photos used with permission.

To see this full printed article, order a copy of Wilder’s 2012 Winter Issue here. Wilder created a special discount code for Inhabitat readers. The first 100 readers to use WQ02 upon check-out will receive a 15% discount on either a single issue or one year subscription. Wilder donates a portion of the subscription price to support the Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit that provides free summer camp experiences to more than 1.7 million children from disadvantaged communities.

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2 Comments

  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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