History of the Kokedamas


As we have seen on previous occasions, make a Kokedama it is very simple if we follow the step by step. These plants, introduced in a ball of moss, can live without problems inside the home. But it must be borne in mind that, although they serve as decoration, they are living beings, and they should not lack water.

But would you like to know the history of this magnificent art? Next we will tell you everything.


It is often said that Kokedama is a descendant of the Bonsai technique, and it is true. In fact, it is estimated that the Bonsai technique began around 700 BC in China, and that of Kokedama about 500 years ago in Japan. Although it did not become known worldwide around 1990 of our era.

Kokedama literally means "plant in moss". The Japanese are very fond of reproducing scenes from nature and being able to enjoy them at home.


The transition from Bonsai to Kokedama started something like this:

  1. Around 1600 BC, starting from Bonsai, that is, from a tree forced to grow in a tray with little depth and with a certain style, they began to have plants only in a ball of substrate with a plate underneath and with their own style of Bonsai
  2. They replaced the ball of substrate with a ball of moss.
  3. And little by little they were testing with numerous plants: Anthurium, ferns, ... while they perfected the Kokedama technique.


It is common to find Kokedamas in tea ceremonies, to harmonize the room and make the stay of those who are there even more pleasant and natural.

And, these little plants have the power to relax us, and to transport us to a magical place, don't you think? They can be hung from the ceiling, as well as decorating tables or shelves. They are the joy of the home, and certainly worth having one… or several.

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  1.   Gaston Paz said

    Monica Sanchez, your article helped me a lot, Thank you for doing it

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Thank you for your words, Gastón Paz. I'm glad it served you. All the best!

  2.   Diego Bucarey said

    Hi there! Thank you for giving you the time to write this type of content! I am just entering this world and soon I will make a video of these round friends.

    I invite you to see my latest Video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OjogQUScs8

  3.   sercht said

    Hello; Thanks for the information, in my case I have already made several of different plants and they have been a success, so I will continue to make and take care of them. For the moment it is all, thank you, thank you and thank you, God bless you. Adibaverchi.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Sercht.

      Thanks for your comment.