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Water Frequency:

Every 5-7 days.

It loves humidity and will adore it if you regularly mist the fronds with a water bottle.  Avoid watering the center of the plant from the top because this can cause the roots to rot.  Instead, let the moss, do its work and absorb the water from the ball – so there’s no need for constant watering.

Although your kokedama is a bonsai, there is still a bit of growing room.  So expect to see this gorgeous tropical specimen grow over time and watch new foliage unfurl from the center, stretching out to full size over the growing months (generally Spring/Summer, depending on where you live).


Depending on the size of your kokedama, fill a bowl, bucket or sink with room temperature water.

Place your kokedama in the water, plant side up. Push the moss ball down so that it is fully submerged and begins to absorb water. Allow to soak for 10-25 minutes, or until fully saturated with water.

Note: We use rainwater. If you use tap water, we recommend letting a bucket of water seat outside for at least 8 hours at daylight while the chlorine evaporates.


During spring and summer, fertilize your kokedama monthly with a liquid indoor plant fertilizer at 1/2 the recommended concentration. Simply mix the fertilizer into the water and soak as usual.

Leaf Browning

Kokedamas are susceptible to over- and under-watering just like any other potted plant. Leave browning and crisping around edges tend to indicate under-watering. A brown "mushiness" of the leaves or stems, black stems at the base, and leaf-yellowing tend to indicate over-watering. Remember; all plants require less water during dormancy (in fall and winter,) and more during periods of active growth (in spring and summer.)

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