Step 1Gently 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 2After most of the soil is off the roots, quickly dip them in room-temperature water
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.