Recently I tried a hanging succulent Kokedama kit. Follow along and I can show you how easily this succulent hanging planter came together, I’ll give you my honest thoughts on the planter kit and share my final results.
Full disclosure, I received this kit and all the plants from my friends at Nicholas Alexander Landscaping & Garden Centre in Vernon BC. The products were on loan for me to use as a tester and demo for a workshop that I will be teaching at the nursery this week. I’ll be sharing pics on my Instagram 🙂
If you are in the Okanagan area or just passing through, I highly recommend popping into Nicholas Alexander Landscaping AKA “Nick’s” to check out their amazing giftwares section, if you are on my Instagram then you’ve seen a few pieces already 🙂
If you aren’t from my area then you can find this kit online.
Why Try a Kokedma Kit?
I was game to try this kit because it seemed to be an all in one package. It comes with (almost) everything you need to make your own hanging planter, which is great if you don’t have time to shop around for all the pieces. And it comes with enough extra bits to really create something unique, which is what I loved about it.
Let’s get started by unpacking the Kokedama kit.
Ok, so what’s in the box?
- Jute string
- Sturdy wire panter
- Chain and hook for hanging
- 2 kinds of decorative moss
- Decorative sticks to create a rustic feel
What’s not in the box?
- Enough soil (I’ll explain below)
- Plants – which is to be expected
- I’ve opted for a mix of hardy and tropical succulents, including string of pearls, chocolate echeveria, and hen & chicks.
Did you know you can buy succulents online?!
My initial thoughts about this planter kit
The wire planter seems really sturdy and the best part is the moss is already secured to the planter which really takes away the hardest part of making a Kokedama without a kit.
The only real downer was that there is NOT enough soil in the kit in fact, I found that there was only a third of what I needed, so be sure to order/pick up a small bag of cactus soil.
I unboxed everything so that I could have a good look and make a game plan BEFORE I started planting.
Unfurl your jute string, tie one end to the hanger hook, just to secure it and begin wrapping it around the planter. It can be as tidy or as random as you’d like. Secure the loose end in an inconspicuous way.
Add the soil to the planter, like I said I had to add an extra 2 or more cups to have enough soil for the succulents to look full and sit above the opening. My only negative critique.
On your table or work surface, gently un-pot your succulents so you can see what you are working with. Are they root bound? Is there any damage on the plants? Do they need a drink before planting? More on potting up succulents here.
Begin loosely arranging your succulents in the planter. I started with the trailing string of pearls because I wanted it to hang down the front of the planter.
Next, I added my exciting feature succulents, making sure to press them firmly into the planter and filling soil where needed, air gaps can cause the plants to dry out faster and suffer.
Then I filled with the hen & chicks, again filling air gaps with soil and pressing the plants in firmly but gently into the planter. This is when you can reattach the chains if you took them off earlier.
At this point, I thought it looked fine the way it was but decided to use all the bits in the kit. So I added the bright green moss to hide any soil and the darker moss to break up the look of the moss ball.
I wasn’t too sure what to do with the stick material provided, but I thought I could use it to bring more attention to the chocolate echeveria by creating a nest/bird cage effect. It was a bit finicky but I think the result was worth it 🙂
All that was left was to spritz the planter to wash off any soil bits and help perk up the moss. As for maintenance I recommend watering it weekly in hot weather. Do this by taking it down and placing it in a bowl or bucket and watering it thoroughly from the top and allowing it to sit in the water for 6-12 hours, allow excess water to drip out before hanging it back up.
I’ll be honest I was totally skeptical about this Kokedama kit but I am in love with the results. I know that I would have never come up with something this beautiful without the kit. The moss and decorative bits included really gave the project a professional/ florist look. Seriously, it looks fake it is so pretty 🙂
So in other words, I totally recommend the SuperMoss Kokedama Kit and I can’t wait to try the Orchid one next 🙂
If you try this kit, please let me know what you think, and share your results!!
That’s it for now, thanks for hanging out!