The first step to becoming familiar with your new Kokedama is to know how and when to water it! The best way to do this is to regularly lift and weigh your plant in order to familiarize yourself with its’ average weight. When your Kokedama feels light, this means that the soil ball inside has dried out and that it’s time to water! Keeping track of the Kokedama’s weight and the frequency of waterings will allow you to become more aware of when it’s time to water!
Note that you’ll want to water your Kokedama at night so that your plant, nor the moss, doesn’t burn from the sunlight passing through the water droplets.
When choosing a bowl/container to water your Kokedama in, be sure to pick one that is clean! Using a clean bowl will prevent both the moss ball and the soil from accumulating any bacteria or germs that could possibly harm the plant.
Keep in mind that some plants may have very sensitive foliage (Coleus, Snake plant, Bird’s nest fern), meaning that it is crucial that only the moss ball itself comes in contact with the water! Wet foliage on sensitive plants can cause the leaves to fall off due to the plants’ sensitivity to water droplets. Wet foliage can also cause parts of the foliage to scorch due to the magnification of the sun-rays that pass through the water droplets.
Be aware of how much water your Kokedama consumes, and add more if necessary! For larger Kokedama’s, keep the Kokedama in the bowl for 15 minutes rather than 10. When finished, pour the rest of the water over the top half of the moss ball in order to keep the moss and the soil evenly moist. Avoid pouring water on the foliage!
Gently, but firmly, squeeze the plant to remove any excess water. In this step, you can mold your moss ball to more of a sphere shape. Don’t be afraid to squeeze tightly, we added sphagnum moss around the roots to prevent them from being suffocated!
Once you’re done squeezing you can pat your moss ball dry with a paper towel and place your plant back on the small platter.
Benefits of Bottom Watering
- Bottom watering allows plants to soak up the water that they need as they need it, rather than us excessively pouring water onto the top of the soil.
- It prevents us from pouring water over the foliage of the plant, therefore also helping to prevent rot that is caused by water sitting in leaf and stem crevices. This is especially crucial for plants with a sensitivity to water.
- It allows the plants to be more evenly watered.
- It efficiently and effectively waters very dry plants without overwatering them.
- As we bottom water, the roots of the plant strengthen by growing downwards towards the source of water.
- Because water is not pooling on top of the soil of the plant, bottom watering can reduce the chances of attracting different pests.
- (source: https://www.sproutsandstems.com/bottom-watering-plants/)