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


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.

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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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