- The moss on the outside of my kokedama isn't looking very green...
- I'm going on holiday, how do I care for my kokedama?
Firstly check you are using rainwater (minerals in tap water are no good for bryophytes).
Secondly check you are not overwatering your kokedama. The moss can do without misting for several days. In fact it can dry out reasonably well and replenish itself when exposed to moisture. Just don't leave it in full sun or both your plant and moss will suffer!
Is your kokedama in too much light and it is getting sunburnt? Check the fronds on your fern and whether the moss dries out very quickly, it may be receiving too much light. Pay attention to how much sun it gets especially in Summer when the sun's rays can be particularly strong even in the morning.
Check you don't have a slug that has visited your kokedama. Slugs are attracted to moist environments and can damage the moss extensively. Don't worry though, it will green up again but let it get some nice light to dry moss a little before recommencing the misting regime.Lastly, if you are using a cloche for display ensure you follow the directions on replenishing the air inside on a daily basis. You can use the pebbles in the tracking to raise it a little to help. The moss becomes beautiful in response to the humidity but it does need air!
Hmmm, been on holidays and things are looking a little dry? This is by far the reason most people lose a kokedama as the humidity levels have dropped while away (especially with Adiantum and Pellaea ferns). The kokedama that can afford to dry out in between waterings suffer less from this problem but the moss will still be needing some care on your return.
Try placing your kokedama on a bed of pebbles in a dish and leaving water in the dish (just not touching the kokedama) while away to help the humidity levels.
Also ensure you give them a good soak before leaving - they should be good for 2 weeks as long as they're not dealing with airconditining. The moss will definitely need some misting on your return as well as a good drink for your kokedama.