Kaz's Kokedama Balls

Kokedama Balls are an easy and inexpensive take on the traditional Japanese art form using materials readily available from Bunnings.

A terrific project for the kids and adults, they won't take long to assemble once you have put together all the items needed to make them.

All types of small plants look great in these balls - succulents work a treat or even a tuft of mondo grass will look great!


light-bulb-icon@2x.png How to create Kaz's Kokedama balls


What you will need

Gather your supplies from Bunnings:

You’ll also need:

  • A round disposable plastic dinner plate (approx 26cm) – to use as a base to make your ball
  • Scissors
  • 9L bucket

Here's how

  1. Fill the bucket with water and add 1 cap full of Scotts Osmocote Plus Organics Liquid Fertiliser. Add the sphagnum moss and let it soak for 5 minutes.
  2. Place your square of hessian on the disposable plate.
  3. Grab a handful of sphagnum moss, squeeze out the excess liquid and place onto the hessian. Then add on top a handful of Scotts Osmocote Bonsai Potting Mix.
  4. Remove your plant from the pot and gently shake away all of the soil around the roots and discard soil.
  5. Pop your bare-rooted plant on top of your sphagnum/potting mix on your hessian.
  6. Pull the four hessian corners up around the plant and form into a ball shape.
  7. Cut a 4 metre length of twine, tie on around the ball and wind it around the ball in all directions until you are happy with the look. Leave about 1m of twine (for the hanger) and tie off directly opposite the first tie. Cut string.
  8. Hang and enjoy your Kokedama Ball

Caring for your Kokedama Ball

  • Water once a week by dunking in a bowl of water, allow to soak for a minute and then hang it back into place.
  • Every quarter, fertilise by adding Osmocote Plus Organics Liquid fertiliser to your bowl of water.

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Other products you might need

Osmocote® Professional Bonsai Mix


A unique speciality mix developed for bonsai of all types and ages, from starter plants to decades-old specimens

Osmocote® Plus Organics Liquid Fertiliser & Soil Improver


An easy to use all purpose fertiliser that combines the long term feeding benefits of Osmocote and organics with the simplicity of a liquid fertiliser