Kokedama is an art form that evolved in Japan, in which bonsai were cultivated in a sort of decorative rootball and enjoyed free-standing. The moss-bundled plants make lovely accents indoors, especially as modern kokedama makers now use tropicals and exotics in addition to the traditional bonsai. Though they appear delicate, kokedama pieces are quite easy to care for, according to their makers: you’d care for a moss-enveloped bromeliad as you would any other potted bromeliad. The clever and crafty can probably put one of these together in no time, but the lesser-skilled can purchase assembled kokedama online. Charlotte Catherine’s products, one of which is pictured above, come in a wide range of styles, complete with care instructions for maximum lifetime (www.charlottecatherine.com). I’m pretty sure I spotted one at Terrain of Westport, Conn. not long ago, though the online store does not seem to carry the plants.
If anyone knows of other kokedama makers, tell us in a comment below!