How often should a kokedama be transplanted or renewed?

Moss ball maintenance

The kokedamas are living plants and as such they grow and get bigger and bigger, so it is sometimes necessary to transplant them- just like a potted plant! There is no predetermined period of time to carry out this task, as it depends on the individual characteristics of each kokedama .

Transplanting becomes necessary when the moss ball begins to lose its round shape and loosen the substrate. In addition, the moss enveloping the ball may become browner in color over time, especially during warmer seasons such as summer. These changes are also indicative that it is the right time to consider a transplant or renovation of the kokedama ball.

Cambiar el musgo a la kokedama

Below, you will find a handy guide with all the steps to properly maintain your kokedama and to redo the moss ball.

Step 1: Undoing the moss ball

The first step is to cut the thread of the ball, followed by the moss layer. In this way, we can remove the moss and leave the substrate ball uncovered. Now, we can carefully remove the substrate until we can see the roots of the plant.

Step 2: Remaking the kokedama ball

The next step is to prepare the mixture of substrate and akadama. In this way, we will not only be able to make a bigger ball adapted to the size of the roots, but we will also renew the soil of the plant with new nutrients.

It is important that the mixture is homogeneous and easy to stick to the ball. Remember that if the dough is too thick, you can add water. And if it is too liquid, you can add more substrate. Once we have the mixture ready, we can make the ball with our hands, surrounding and covering the roots.

Step 3: Covering the ball with moss

Before adding the moss, it is important to clean it. You can leave it on the table and remove any leaves or twigs that might bother you during the process - don't forget to clean the moss on both sides! Now we can place the kokedama on top of the moss layer and hug it. Don't worry if you have any leftover moss, you can remove the excess.

Step 4: Surround the ball with twine

Once we have the substrate ball surrounded by moss, it's time to secure it all with twine. The first pass is best done horizontally, with a double knot. You can cut the end that is left over. With the long end, continue making passes, this time diagonally, until you cover the plant by joining all the pieces of moss.

The amount of thread depends on your taste! The important thing is not to leave any uncovered area where the substrate can be seen, as the ball could gradually unravel from there. Finally, we pass the thread through one of the old passes and tie a double knot again. Now all you have to do is cut the excess thread and that's it!

To get the materials, you can buy our DIY Pack which comes with all the instructions and all the necessary elements to remake the ball of your kokedama. If you have any doubts or are looking for more instructions, don't hesitate to visit our Youtube channel, there is a very visual video that will surely be useful for you!