geo-fleur: Kokedama Workshop
Posted on 27 February 2017
As I have always said, no home is complete until it is full of plants. A house plant can make the world of difference, softening edges and adding that much needed natural touch to any space. With such a huge variety of plants available to us, there is no excuse not to fill your homes and reap the benefits that our green friends have to offer. As people become more adventurous with interiors, they are opening up to new ways and techniques to show off their plants and has contributed to the rise in popularity of the kokedama.
Kokedama translates into English as "moss ball" and is essentially just that, a ball of soil, covered in moss, in which an ornamental plant can grow from. Originating from Japan, the kokedama is becoming increasingly popular across the world. They do need quite a bit of care but the results can be stunning, creating a unique feature for the home. Upon seeing this plants in stores across London and researching into their origins, I was delighted to be invited by geo-fleur to have a go at making one myself at their workshop in Stratford.
With a huge amount of knowledge and an impressive collection of plants to match, geo-fleur run a variety of workshops in their store and around the city to get people connected to nature and understand more about plants. We started the afternoon with a brief history of the kokedama and a demonstration on how they are made. After this, it was time to select our plants and get our hands dirty.
Very similar to a bonsai tree, the plant has its root ball reduced to fit a much smaller area. The roots are then covered and compressed into a sphere shape with the use of wet Akadama soil and peat. To stop the soil from breaking apart as it dries out, the soil is wrapped in an additional outer layer of moss which is strung together using aluminium wire, nylon or string. The kokedama has to be watered regularly which is as easy as resting it on a plate of water for a brief amount of time so that it can soak up as much as it needs. If maintained, the plant will flourish, transforming over time to create a living work of art.
If you would like to take part or find out more about a workshop, click to view the geo-fleur workshop page.