Care Instructions for Kokedama, Wabi-kusa and Terrariums
If you purchased an already made one from us then you can ignore the initial care section and skip to the others
Initial Care for a display YOU made yourself
Because the stems do not have roots it is important to keep the humidity up whilst they are growing them. You can do this by putting your display in a see-through container OR putting a clear plastic or glass cup or bowl over it so light can get in but the leaves will not dry out. Even a glass bowl with GLAD® cling wrap will do. Air gaps are fine so don’t worry about making it air tight as you’ll find the moisture will still stick around and air getting in is beneficial anyway. Mist it daily with a sprayer but don’t let it sit in a puddle of water as that water will go stagnant. Keep it in a relativity light area in the house like the kitchen for example where the lights from the ceiling can supply light to the plants as people tend to spend a lot of time in the kitchen with the lights on. Or, you can put it in a dark room with a desk lamp shinning on it that runs approximately 6-8 hours a day. LED bulbs are great as they don’t consume very much power. Remember artificial light from a desk lamp or the ceiling lights is fine for plants as they don’t necessarily need natural sunlight to grow. Avoid direct sun rays for now as it can be too hot for vulnerable cuttings without roots and cause them to wither and wilt. Keep the plants enclosed for about 1 and a half weeks. When this time is up gently tug on the stems and you will notice they have roots now. Once the plants have “hardened off” and have grown their roots you can now allow them to be exposed to the open air and not worry about humidity anymore. Also, natural sun-rays are fine now that the plant has roots as it can handle the heat so a sunny windowsill is all good for placement. If you expose them to natural sunlight, make sure they are not enclosed in the humidity dome/area you made as this will heat up to insane temperatures due to the greenhouse effect.
What happens if I forget to water it for a very long time and it looks all withered?
Don’t throw it away!! Let it sit in a bucket of water for 3 hours, you will be amazed at how it perks up and comes back to life. New growth will eventually appear and take over the withered leaves so just be patient and let it do its thing. Until the plant has become fully established and settled in, it is vulnerable to wilt if it dries out too much. Once this faze is over it is smooth sailing. Please read below 🙂
Remove any leaves that look destroyed or withered as this will encourage new healthy growth. When pruning, always prune above a leaf node (just above another set of leaves). You will find doing this will encourage new stems to form from that area. You only need to prune when you think it is starting to look overgrown or messy.
You don’t need to fertilise for a while, but eventually the nutrients will get exhausted in a few months. Once you see the plants looking faded or stunted, use ‘Dave’s Organic Liquid Fertiliser’ combined with ‘Dave’s Organic Ciquid Compost’ (humic acid) both diluted according to bottle directions (available at aquaticplants.co.nz under the “fertiliser” section under the “Shop” tab. You can also use Seasol available from Bunnings, Mitre 10 and most nurseries, however this is slightly lacking in nitrogen unlike Dave’s Liquid Fertiliser which is a complete fertiliser, thus we prefer Dave’s. Still, Seasol is a good product as it is also organic and natural and is not harsh on plants like synthetic fertilisers can be.
Placement for Wabi-kusa you made (not kokedama)
Keep your plant on a window sill or in an area where it will get some light like a light room. Artificial light is also good like a desk lamp. We recommend LED bulbs if you are using artificial light as they are efficient to run and won’t cause your powerful to noticeably increase at all, even if you ran it all day. You can use warm white or cool daylight. Warm white will give your plants a sunny appearance and cool daylight will put out more of a whiter more cooler appearance. Both spectrums are great for growing. If you find your plant isn’t doing that well, then move it to a different area of the house where there is more light or if it is a plant that prefers less light then move it to a darker area like a bathroom that perhaps get a bit less direct sunlight. Don’t keep them outside as the elements are too harsh. i.e. frost, wind. In general, plants like around 6-8 hours a day of light. Longer is fine also.
Watering a Terrarium
Don’t over water or cause a swimming pool in your terrarium as this will cause a stagnant pond that will ultimately cause the plant roots to rot and decay, over watering can also cause other issues like fungus to form. Water your terrarium if it appears dry or if the plants are wilting. You can tell if it’s dry by pressing on the soil and if your finger is damp then you know it’s not in need of water. Terrariums can be damp but not sodden. If you accidentally overwatered you can carefully pour some out or just let it dry out and try not to do it again. You can let the soil dry out between watering. You will know if you’ve left it too long as the plants will begin to wilt. Nothing a watering can’t fix however as they do bounce back quickly after a drink. Unless the plants are dehydrated and have not been watered for a long time, it is best to keep the leaves dry during winter and just water the soil.
Watering Kokedama or Wabi-kusa
Squirt some water into the centre of it using a squirty bottle with a little nozzle about once a week. Basically you just want the sphagnum to absorb the moisture and make it heavy again. You only need to water them when they feel “light” or appear to be wilting. Compare the weight between a freshly watered kokedama and a kokedama that is in need of water so you get an idea of how frequently you need to water and then you can tell by weight if it needs some. Frequency will vary greatly depending on where it is placed and how warm the temp is inside plus humidity, time of year etc. It is important to let the twine dry out completely between waterings to ensure its longevity. Also if you are looking after a succulent or cactus you can water it a lot less than a fern for example.
Placement for Kokedama
Cactus prefer sunlight so a sunny windowsill works well. Ferns prefer medium to low light so filtered light works well i.e. a bedroom that doesn’t get direct sun rays or just a little. Piece lily prefer a bit of both, i.e. slightly more light than a fern and slightly less than a cactus. If you take these things into consideration when finding a place for your kokedama then you’ll without a doubt find the perfect spot 🙂
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Sincerely Plant Art Co.