Best plants for kokedama

30+ Best Plants for Kokedama to Make Your Home Look Even More Exotic

Kokedama is a moss-covered ball that shelters ornamental plants living in it, thus replacing traditional pots. The art of making kokedama has always been closely tied to the Japanese art of bonsai, Kusamono and Nearai styles that expose the roots as part of the aesthetic.

It is an art of simplicity and intrigue, allowing for myriad ways of expression. Its message is to see beauty in the superficial roughness of nature.

This is the list of best plants for kokedama I will introduce you to here:

  1. Cherry Blossom Rosaceae
  2. Asparagus  setaceus plumosus – The Lace Fern
  3. Begonia – Begoniaceae
  4. Ferns
  5. Ficus
  6. Jasmine –Jasminum, Oleaceae
  7. Calathea Rufibarba
  8. Anthurium andraeanum ‘Otazu’ – Flamingo flower
  9. Aspidistra elatior AGM – Cast iron plant
  10. Monstera deliciosa- Swiss cheese plant
  11. Ficus microcarpa “Ginseng” – Moraceae
  12. Sophora prostrata “Little Baby”
  13. Phalaenopsis “Bamboo Baby”- Orchidaceae
  14. Oxalis triangularis- False Shamrock
  15. Hedera Helix- English Ivy
  16. Asparagus falcatus
  17. Pachira aquatica – Money Tree
  18. Dracaena marginata
  19. Agave Striata “Nana”
  20. Tillandsia cyanea
  21. Haworthia attenuata
  22. Crassula ovata – Jade, Money Tree
  23. Hoya Linearis
  24. Codiaeum variegatum – Croton
  25. Spathiphyllum wallisii – Peace Lily
  26. Sanseveria trifasciata – Snake plant
  27. Echeveria
  28. Chlorophytum comosum – Spider plant
  29. Azaleas
  30. Viola mandshurica- Violet
  31. Crocus
  32. Tillandsia aeranthos – Air plant

Making moss balls is very simple, soothing and you don’t need a magic wand to do it. Soil, moss, a plant of your choice and a roll of string are the major things you will need. Pop here to learn how to make and care for kokedama.

Now that you are familiar with it, another thing you should know is what the best plants for making a moss ball are and how to choose them.

Multiple kokedamas on table and windowsills

Choosing plants for kokedama

The first thing you should remember is that kokedama is a symbiosis of moss and a plant, so the growing environment should be suitable for both of them.

Make sure you are familiar with how to take care of moss before you select it. Then, choose plants that have similar needs as moss and which are suitable for your household conditions (light and humidity).

Next, think about the effect you want to achieve with your kokedama and choose plants that will enhance the appearance of your setting. Do you want hanging moss plants? Choose Hoya linearis with its long stems if you want to achieve the trailing effect or pick a plant from the list that follows.

Or, combine two or three plants together, why not? That will make your kokedama even more unique in appearance.

Finally, choose plants that reflect your personality. Soft and romantic like orchids or bold like rex begonias-let your imagination run riot. Some people shy away from using flowering plants for making kokedama, but luckily, you can always find exceptions.

? In a nutshell, choose plants that:

  • thrive in your region and household environment
  • are relatively hardy
  • match the needs of the moss and can live in symbiosis with it

Now let’s choose the best plants for your kokedama!

32 Best Plants for Kokedama

Cherry Blossom – Rosaceae

Cherry blossom is the symbol of Japan differently called the Sakura so it is only fair to mention it first.

It is a good kokedama choice because it is relatively small, well-suited for growing in a moss ball and it will complement the green of the ball quite nicely once the flowers appear in May and June. Don’t confuse it with cherry trees grown for fruit.

There are many varieties of it and I suggest choosing double-flowering ones so you will enjoy the blooms a bit longer.

This plant needs plenty of light but partial shade during the summer, good airflow and watering once a day. However, it dislikes soggy soil and frequent watering. Prune it only when absolutely necessary.

Cherry blossom rosaceae kokedama

Asparagus setaceus plumosus – The Lace Fern

Asparagus is not only a very decorative and elegant plant but also relatively resistant to dryness, which makes it an ideal plant for transforming it into a moss ball.

It has long, wiry and twining stems of light green feathery fronds. Tiny flowers may appear too, transforming into purple berries as the plant matures.

It is a low-maintenance but fast-growing plant that requires plenty of light and good air circulation. Water it when it feels light in your hand. Be aware of excess moisture, though since it is better to lean on a drier side with this one.

Asparagus kokedama

Begonia – Begoniaceae

What makes Begonia species popular as indoor and outdoor plants is their versatility and adaptability. As such, it cuts no wonder why they make appealing and well-performing moss ball plants.

The genus Begoniaceae is extensive and the plants range from giant specimens to miniatures with small foliage and usually, the focus is either foliage or flowers.

Rex and angel-wing begonias make exceptional kokedama displays while tuberous begonia hybrids make ideal hanging kokedama because of their trailing habit plus they require a soilless mix-a condition that a moss ball can meet. 

The only thing to bear in mind is that rex begonias require really high humidity and don’t try to compensate for dry air by overwatering.

Besides, begonia moss dumplings usually require a half-shaded location and average household temperatures, but make sure you are familiar with the needs of the species you choose.

Begonia kokedama


Ferns are perennial plants and some of them are considered virtually indestructible, such as Asplenium, Athyrium, Davallia, Humata (Rabit’s Foot Fern), Nephrolepis (Boston Fern), Polypodium and Pteris (Cretan Brake Fern). Highly refined and they don’t require high maintenance-a perfect kokedama candidate.

Indestructible ferns like these are gracious and majestic, especially if you accompany them with a blue enamelware and a white colander, letting them dwell away from the windows.

Their size ranges from 12 to 61 cm depending on the variety and their foliage is incredibly diverse, usually lacy in blue-green.

These indestructible plants are great for low-light conditions such as east or west exposure, regular moisture, optimum nighttime temperatures between 12 and 21 degrees C.

Your fern is lonely in its moss ball? Try making combination planters with begonias, dracaenas and peperomias. They make really good friends.

Steer clear of maidenhairs (Adiantum species), heart fern (Hemionitis arifolia) and sword ferns (Nephrolepsis exalata) if you tend to forget to water them. Another potential issue with these ferns is humidity, but if you decide to go for them, an occasional trip to the bathroom will do the trick.

Maidenhair fern kokedama


Ficus includes up to 800 species of trees, shrubs and climbers but potentially massive ones do not make good kokedama nor do they make easy roommates.

Ficus benjamina is one of them, a slow-growing and most commonly grown ficus species. You can endeavor to make kokedama using it, but many people experience occasional leaf drop with this bear. Additionally, you will have either to repot it in a pot or make a larger kokedama as it grows. 

That said, there are ficus species that can share your home without inflicting heartache and one of them is a miniature version of Ficus benjamina called Ficus salicifolia, which makes a great bonsai if you keep it supplied with water. 

Another one is Ficus deltoidea that has thick and triangular leaves and it will grow to be a small bush. Finally, Ficus elastica can tolerate an extremely challenging environment.

Make sure there are no fluctuations in the environment, in which case the leaves might drop. Even if this happens, there is no reason to worry since they will grow back once the plant adjusts to the new environment.

As with other moss balls, provide good light, airflow, temperature between 10 and 18 degrees C and water when the ball becomes light.

Weeping fig kokedama

Jasmine –Jasminum, Oleaceae

Jasminium includes approximately 230 species of widely grown trees, shrubs and climbers available in myriad varieties suitable for growing inside the moss because of their very few requirements – regular moisture, bright light and even a bit of full sun would do them no harm.

The blooming period is from April to October, yet some pruning will be necessary once the flowering period is over.

This variety below is called the Fiona Sunrise Jasmine or Gold-leaved Jasmine and some other options are Jasminum sambac and Jasminum laurifolium differently called Angel-Wing Jasmine which has narrow white petals with purplish undersides and glossy dark green leaves and smooth margins.

Jasmine kokedama

Calathea rubifarba

Calathea plants belong to the Marantaceae genus of tuberous or rhizomatous plants grown as houseplants chiefly for their foliage.

The genus name Calathea comes from a Greek word that means “basket“, so the analogy is that they are suitable for containers but also for kokedama. Plants like regular moisture and humidity, so that’s another reason why it is a good choice.

Calathea rubifarba has long feather-shaped glossy green leaves that have maroon undersides-indubitably a very attractive display and what’s most important- simple to maintain.

One potential issue with this one is developing brown tips that signify that the plant lacks humidity. An occasional vacation to the bathroom would be just what the doctor ordered if that happens.

Calathea rufibarba kokedama

Anthurium andraeanum ‘Otazu’ – Flamingo flower

Originating from Central and South America, this plant belongs to the family Araceae. The colorful, waxy, heart-shaped spathes are the absolute reward for growing this tropical plant and it looks dazzling especially in moss attire.

This foliage plant is a jaw-dropping option for making kokedama, yet Anthurium andraenaum is slightly demanding because of its need for humidity.

A trick that will help here is placing a tray of pebbles close to it. Avoid frequent watering and water only when the ball becomes dry and light, once or twice a week in the summer. Overwatering is the main issue for anthuriums.

Moreover, provide dappled light and make sure that the temperatures are never low and avoid draughty windows. Wipe leaves clean from time to time with a damp cloth.

It is best to hang it up high because the foliage contains calcium oxalate crystals and some toxic proteins that can cause irritation for pets and humans.

Anthurium andrenaum kokedama

Aspidistra elatior AGM – Cast iron plant

This foliage plant is a very popular houseplant because it is well suited to the household environment. Ideal for beginners, it is almost foolproof and won’t make a fuss if you put it in the shade where few others would survive. As such, it makes a good kokedama candidate.

While it is true that the plain green type is not particularly interesting, those with cream splashes, stripes or spots make the overall appearance more intriguing.

Light shade, regular room between 6 and 20 degrees C, regular humidity are all it needs. That means that watering frequently is a no-go since it hates waterlogged or soggy soil.

Given these conditions, it will grow up to 60 cm tall and spread up to 60 cm.

Aspidistra eliator kokedama

Monstera deliciosa– Swiss cheese plant

This slow-growing vine is another favorite for indoor cultivation, being well adapted to household conditions and the needs of moss.

It prefers bright indirect light and moderate watering. Bear in mind that all parts of Monstera deliciosa are toxic to pets, so the best display idea is to suspend it in the air or place it high up on a decorative plate.

Another thing to keep in mind is the ultimate size of the plant. If you decide to display it in the air, make sure that strings can hold the total weight of the plant.

Also, as the plant is growing, once it is time to change its home, you will need to make a bigger one. Still, busy apartment dwellers will love this one, because it can cope even in the shade and be watered weekly. Keep the leaves clean and dust-free.

Monstera deliciosa kokedama

Ficus microcarpa “Ginseng” – Moraceae

This is a tropical plant from Asia which is widely cultivated as an indoor plant because it is easy to maintain and helps to purify the air. It fits the needs of the moss, so there is no reason why this plant couldn’t be used for making kokedama.

It is distinguished by oval, deep green leaves and aerial and prominent roots which make the plant unique and hence the name “Ginseng” which means “roots” in Chinese.

It thrives in bright light (even some direct light), weekly watering in summer and once in two weeks in winter. Maintain room temperature between 15 and 25 degrees C and don’t let the temperatures oscillate. The plant can cope in regular humidity but it will certainly benefit if it is a bit higher.

One interesting feature of this plant is the ability to merge parts that touch under pressure, so the roots and stems can combine in attractive structures, as in the photo below, where we have one individual strong stem.

That said, this plant offers unlimited creativity to shape this species and increase its attractiveness.

Ficus microcarpa ginseng kokedama

Sophora prostrata “Little Baby”

This is a small semi ever-green tree originating from New Zealand that has miniature oval green leaves, but the branching structure of this plant a lot more impressive than the leaves themselves.

The flowers are white or orange, but they are not likely to appear unless you satisfy the conditions in which they thrive. 

It likes bright environments, regular humidity, weekly hydration and good ventilation, but it is particularly sensitive to cold water so always make sure it is at room temperature.

Sophora prostrata kokedama

Phalaenopsis “Bamboo Baby”- Orchidaceae

Native to Southeast Asia, Indomalaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan, Phalaenopsis plants have broad and fleshy, usually obovate or tongue-shaped leaves and white, pink or yellow flowers.

One of them is “Bamboo Baby” which is an evergreen epiphytic herb that blooms throughout the year in regular moisture, bright filtered light and normal room temperatures.

The flowering period lasts for about 4 weeks so having an orchid kokedama is very enjoyable and rewarding. When the flowering ends, cut about 1 am above the first bud that didn’t flower and a new stem will sprout from one of the remaining buds.

Some people are skeptical when it comes to choosing orchids for kokedama because they are considered to be fragile.

Luckily, there are some hardy species you can select, such as Cypripedium acaule, Bletilla ochracea which thrives in zones 6-10 and prefers bright sun to partial shade and ample moisture, Calanthe nipponica which likes partial shade and minimal moisture and Disa uniflora which likes the same ingredients used for moss (moss and perlite).

Orchids are also plants that can grow easily without soil, so that’s why they can be used for kokedama.

Orchid kokedama

Oxalis triangularis- False Shamrock

This plant is a bulb that injects splashes of seasonal color and scent into any indoor display. Although they are usually associated with spring, many species will bloom even during the winter. Remember to make kokedama a few months before you want this plant to bloom.

Oxalis triangularis is a highly decorative plant with green, purple or variegated triangular leaves that fold up at night and open during the day. Sprays of small pink or white starry flowers also add to the beauty of it.

Light shade, low humidity and easy care make this plant a good kokedama candidate. Refrain from watering when the plant becomes dormant from autumn to winter.

All parts of it are toxic to pets, so it is best to display it as a hanging kokedama.

Oxalis Triangularis kokedama

Hedera helix – English Ivy

English Ivy is a vigorous trailing vine that is usually displayed as a hanging plant indoors and drapes down. Some other options are dwarf or medium-size ones such as Hedera helix “Oak Leaf” or “Needlepoint”.

The reason why they are so common is the fact that ivies are virtually indestructible. One issue you can encounter is displaying browned tip edges which denotes the wrong application of water. But other than that, if they die, something is drastically wrong.

Variegation is also a common occurrence with English Ivy and yet another reason to choose this one for making kokedama.

East of west exposure are optimal, moderately moist soil, temperatures between 10 and 21 degrees C. Good companion plants for this one are begonias, ferns and peace lilies. Here’s how to make English Ivy thrive.

Hedera Helix kokedama

Asparagus falcatus

Native to South Africa, this plant is very reminiscent of bamboo and although it is a variety of asparagus fern, it belongs to a different family (Lilly). It is fond of light and very easy to grow, so it has found its place in interior décor and for this style of Japanese pottery.

The leaves are long, green, shiny and sickle-like and the stems are woody. It is extremely easy to care for, but some pruning is necessary to maintain the desired size. Otherwise, it can grow up to 3m tall.

This kokedama ball prefers temperatures around 20 degrees C, a weekly drink. If the foliage of your kokedama turns yellow, the leaf edges brown and they start falling off, your moss ball is receiving way too much light or the air is too dry.

However, if the leaves are yellow and dropping without brown edges, that means your moss ball is in dire need of light or the temperature may be too high. In that case, cut the stem.

Asparagus falcatus kokedama

Pachira aquatica – Money Tree

This tiny tree originates from Central America and it adapts effortlessly to the household environment with its rather unusual look.

Folklore has it that growing this palm-like plant will bring good fortune and it certainly attracts looks, if not money.

The slim stems are often plaited into a larger three trunk that’s able to store water, so this one will make an interesting structure for kokedama. The leaves are glossy and large. Keep them free of dust.

Steer clear of direct sunlight, provide moderate humidity, temperature between 12 and 24 degrees C, water it once a week and do not let the room temperature drop below 5 degrees C.

Money tree kokedama

Dracaena marginata

Native to Africa, Asia and Australia and the emblem of the Canary Islands, this evergreen specimen is among the most impressive in the genus famed for its outstanding deep green foliage embellished with red margins.

What makes it ideal for kokedama are its simple needs-medium light, moderate humidity, average temperature and regular moisture. As if that was not enough, Dracaena marginata also helps to purify the air by cleaning the chemical formaldehyde (NASA).

Water weekly in the summer and less so in the winter. No fertilizing is necessary, but keep the leaves free of dust. You can also mist the leaves.

There is a number of cultivars like “Colorama” with red leaves and white and green variegation and “Tricolor” with narrow leaves in green, white and yellow.

It requires plenty of sunlight, temperature around 20, weekly watering in the summer and less so in the winter.

Dracaena marginata kokedama

Agave striata “Nana”

Agaves are a strong presence able to endure low light conditions and occasional watering, which makes them ideal plants for both indoor cultivation and kokedama.

Differently called century plants, their size ranges from 7 to 91 cm depending on the variety. Foliage is green, blue-green, even variegated.

Originating from Mexico, Agave striata “Nana” is a fairly hardy succulent plant ideal for indoor cultivation. It can handle both high and low temperatures, but make sure to protect it from drought.

Avoid direct sun and bring it outside during the summer in a nice shady spot. Water it once every two to three weeks. No fertilizing is needed. Be careful when you work with this one since it has tiny spines.

Agave striata Nana kokedama

Tillandsia cyanea

Tillandsia is native to Ecuador famed for its magnificent relatively large purple flowers with clove-scented petals. The bracts turn bright pink when in bloom.

It is an ideal plant for indoor cultivation and kokedama because it appreciates bright light, weekly hydration and room temperature.

Tillandsia cyanea is an epiphytic specimen in the family of Bromeliaceae differently called the pineapple family.

It is unique in its ability to absorb moisture and nutrients from the air through the leaves, so it does not depend on the root system for sustenance, another reason why it is a good kokedama candidate.

In homes, it needs a moderately moist environment with 50 percent humidity and bright light.

After the flowering is finished, remove the floral pipe by cutting the base. Soon enough a new one will appear.

This one, differently called Pink Quill, is among the toughest tillandsia bromeliads to grow as kokedama, but definitely worth giving it a try.

Tillandsia cyanea kokedama

Haworthia attenuata

Did you know that some succulent plants can be used for making kokedama? This nearly indestructible one is one of them.

Haworthia attenuata is a spectacular succulent specimen that requires very little surveillance. It has fleshy, pointed leaves streaked with white and arranged in a rosette.

This one also thrives indoors where temperatures are around 20 degrees C and a bright spot without direct sunlight. Since it is a succulent plant, it needs infrequent watering once every 10 to 15 days.

Never submerge the foliage into the water, only the moss ball.

Haworthia fasciata (Zebra Plant) is another variety that performs well as kokedama, being tolerant of various conditions. One thing that can happen is browned foliage-a clear sign of overwatering or splashing the leaves. 

Generally speaking, Haworthia species are not particularly difficult plants, yet they have wonderful leaves and bizarre forms.

Crassula ovata – Jade, Money Tree

This sweetheart is one of the most common succulents that thrives easily indoors and is easy to care for. For that reason, it makes a good candidate for kokedama.

The tree-like form and shiny leaves set it from other succulents and it is extremely easy to grow in homes and offices.

Jade plant is relatively hardy and it performs well in zone 9a and it can tolerate temperatures even around 20 degrees F (-6 degrees C). Still, it wouldn’t complain if you keep room temperature a lot warmer.

Let it bathe under bright light, keep it moist and should you want to make another baby kokedama, simply propagate the mother plant from cuttings and leaves.

Should you want to pair it with another plant and use two of them for kokedama, the ideal companion plant is Sedum nussbaurmerianum.

Crassula ovata kokedama

Hoya linearis

Named for Thomas Hoy, hoya plants belong to the family called Asclepiadacea which consists of more than 250 spectacular plants. Given the right conditions, the plant will shower you with lovely white, star-shapped flowers.

Another spectacular kokedama, Hoya linearis is a perfect fit for it because not only do the stems and white flowers complement the green moss beautifully but the needs of Hoya linearis match the regular household conditions– a bright environment, room temperature, watering once every 10 days.

Another reason why this one makes a good kokedama plant is that the soil needs to get somewhat dry before water application. So, err on the drier side with this one.

Whatever the display method, hoya specimens have the power to render everyone speechless. This particular one looks best if suspended in the air so the stems can trail down.

Hoya linearis kokedama

Codiaeum variegatum – Croton

Croton specimen are famed for their distinctive foliage coloration and texture in bright red, green and yellow, usually with a yellow central margin.

The options are abundant and some of the most popular ones are “Petra”, “Jamaican Croton”, “Gold Dust” and other varieties you can learn more about here.

Their beauty makes up for the challenging care they require. Provide filtered light, high humidity, constant temperature and water once the moss ball becomes light. A trip to the bathroom will revive them for sure.

Try using a balanced liquid fertilizer should your plant look unhappy.

Croton kokedama

Spathiphyllum wallisii – Peace Lily

The peace lily makes an elegant kokedama houseplant with its glossy dark green leaves and large white flowers. Besides, it reduces air pollutants and it is not demanding at all. What else can you expect of a plant?

The small flowers will appear in spring and fade gradually from white to green. The height it can achieve is 60 cm.

Keep the moss ball moist from spring to autumn, but allow it to dry out before you rewater it. Provide filtered sun or light shade, moderate humidity and room temperature between 12 and 24 degrees C.  

All parts of it are poisonous, so hang it up high.

Peace lily kokedama

Sanseveria trifasciata – Snake plant

One of the best plants for purifying the air, the snake plant produces sword-like foliage with a yellow rim. Thriving on neglect (though overwatering will rot it), this plant is almost bullet-proof and hence a good option for kokedama.

There is a variegated form too, Sanseveria trifasciata var. laurentii that is equally good option for kokedama.

Both can reach a height of 75 cm and spread up to 30 cm. Provide light shade, low humidity, temperatures between 15 and 24 degrees C and it will do this plant a world of good.

All parts of Snake plant are toxic, so keep pets and children away. Refrain from submerging the leaves in the water.

Snake plant kokedama


Echeveria is undoubtedly the most common succulent houseplant purely for the reasons of being an absolute breeze to care for and offering so many varied forms, colors and textures. One of them is Echeveria elegans “Mexican gem”.

As such, it is also a long-time favorite for kokedama because it is very tolerant. It needs only a monthly soaking, occasional misting in between, but it still won’t complain.

Echeveria loves a good sunny spot and you will get to see a blush of pink or purple across the leaf tips in return.  On the other hand, it will remain lovely turquoise green in bright indirect light.

If leaves appear wrinkled, echeveria needs a drink, but still, err on the side of dry. Overwatering can cause root rot very quickly and the moss ball will be pale and almost weightless.

You can feed it during spring with a half-strength organic liquid fertilizer but this step is optional.

Echeverias are perhaps the most painterly succulent you can have in your kokedama collection and the symmetry of their leaves is spellbinding.

Echeveria kokedama

Chlorophytum comosum – Spider plant

This trailing plant is widely available, easy to grow and it makes an eye-catching feature either in a hanging basket or a hanging kokedama. It is also one of the plants which purify air, along with Hedera helix and Ficus, which are mentioned above.

Spider plant as arching green and yellow leaves that will flow gracefully over the sides, while baby plantlets will dangle from long stems like spiders-hence its very name. Ponder how to incorporate it into your décor and display it creatively.

Provide light shade for this one, low humidity, minimum temperature of 7 degrees C and keep the soil moist until autumn.

In the picture below you can see the bubbles that are released when the plant is soaked. Once they disappear, take the plant out. Never submerge the foliage into the water.

Spider plant kokedama


Azaleas are often used in home gardening for their vivid flower colors. They tend to be mixed with rhododendrons and azaleas indeed belong to the genus Rhododendron. However, not all rhododendrons are azaleas.

While azaleas are deciduous, rhododendrons are usually evergreen shrubs, larger in size, with larger flowers and leaves than azaleas. Besides, azaleas have appressed hairs, while rhododendrons are scaly.

Azaleas are flowering plants. How can they be used for kokedama? Well, they are easy-care plants that can stand on their own or be combined with other plants.

They need plenty of light, good air circulation, partial shade in the summer, water generously once a day. Be careful not to trim the branches too much when pruning in the fall.

Azalea kokedama

Viola mandshurica- Violet

Called Sumire in Japanese, this is a wild flower that represents spring. It belongs to the Violaceae genus found in various climates all over the world and flower colors range from purple to yellow, so why not have it in your kokedama collection?

Violaceae includes around 21 genera of herbs, shrubs, climbers and rarely trees. Viola is the largest genus and since it grows primarily at higher altitudes, and although it looks soft and fragile, it is a hardy perennial.

It likes plenty of light and partial shade during summer, generous watering once a day. It blooms from March to May.

Viola mandshurica kokedama


Crocus plants are spring bloomers in the Iridacae family. They are coveted primarily because of their flowers in purple, lavender, cream and white flowers that seduce with their sweet fragrance.

Many people are skeptical to choose crocus plants for kokedama because of their fragile appearance. It is a flowering plant after all. However, don’t let the appearance deceive you and this plant can take more than her softness would lead you to think.

Bright light, moderate humidity, room temperatures and the basic conditions are met. Don’t submerge the flower when watering the plant.

Crocus vernus and Crocus sativus are most commonly used ornamental plants for kokedama. The former is native to the Balkans and has purple flowers, while the latter is also known as saffron crocus and has large lavender flowers with crimson stigmas.

Crocus kokedama

Tillandsia aeranthos – Air plant

This slow-growing epiphytic plant belongs to the Bromeliaceae family and what makes it ideal for indoor cultivation and kokedama is undemanding care and pet-friendliness.

It originates from Central and South American forests and jungles, so it is considered to be a survivor in the world of plants.

It needs bright light, moderate watering and you can do only with moss since they don’t require soil. Make a ball of moss directly onto the stem. How easy, right? Both an aesthetic and functional design.

How are they going to absorb water, you might ask? Easy, they get all their water through the leaves. So, their foliage needs regular drenching and high humidity.

Yes, that’ means that you should soak the whole plant and ball for 10 minutes each week by completely submerging it in deep water. After that, leave the plant upside down to allow the excess liquid to drain out of the center. If it remains there, it can lead to rot.

Misting is advisable, as much as every day. Besides, provide dappled light and the plant will be over the moon.

Air plant kokedama


As you have seen, many plants can be transformed into a moss ball: foliage plants, ferns, small trees, shrubs, some flowering plants, succulents like cacti, agave, echeveria, crassula ovate, and even rosemary, oregano and other fast growing herbs.

Besides, possibilities are endless in terms of displaying kokedama moss balls. Place them on a plate or a dish on the central table of your room, on the porch or suspend them in the air and let them hang from another construction or on the shelves- kokedama plants embellish every corner.

Making kokedama is a soothing and equally enjoyable process that will bring a new leafy being into life, your home and your heart.