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The Vrieseas bromeliads have very defined cups or urns. They collect & absorb water in their urns & also through their foliage. Their roots are primarily for anchoring them onto other plants or whatever they’re growing on. Keep the urn about 1/4 full. If full, especially in colder months, the center tends to rot out. *Keep even less water in the tank if you have low light &/or, cool temps. Let the cup go dry for 2-3 days before refilling.

Soaking Frequency: Every 3 weeks.

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.


Bright, natural light is best. Vrieseas need this light to bring out the variegation in their foliage. Those with less color need less light, whereas other varieties with flamboyant foliage need more light. These can handle a Southern exposure. Either way, be sure to keep them out of the hot, direct sun because they’ll burn.


Vrieseas get their nutrients from matter which falls on them from plants growing above. For this reason, it’s best to spray the fertilizer onto the foliage. You can use an all-purpose Orchid food (Orchids are epiphytes just like bromeliads) diluted to 1/2 strength or use a fertilizer formulated for air plants. The best time to feed is in the Spring or Summer. Fertilizing once or twice a year is enough.

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