Kokedama Care During Winter

Houseplant's care during Winter is quite low-fuss, however, some special considerations need to be made for indoor plants to keep them well and alive. During cooler months, when outdoor gardens have little to boast, your houseplants lift spirits and keep the indoor air fresh.

Kokedama is a well-known Japanese art of growing ornamental plants in a ball of soil covered with moss. Kokedama plants are simple yet versatile and allow you to add sophistication to your indoors.  

How to Care Kokedama Plants in Winter?

These plants are easy to maintain, perfect for a small space, and live for years.

In this article, we will discuss how to care for your plants in the Kokedama technique during winter.

  • Watering

Watering requirements for kokedama plants are a bit different from ordinary houseplants as they are exposed to the air from all sides, especially, when hanging.

The best method to water a kokedama is soaking.

  • Soak the moss ball in a container filled with tepid water.
  • Leave it soaked for 5 to 15 minutes depending on the ball size.
  • Remove the ball, squeeze it lightly, and place it in a colander to let the water drip for about 20 min.
  • Place it back to its place.

During winter, you may need to water a kokedama less often depending on the dryness of the air.

Our watering system it's based on the plant and size of the ball. See the table below:

Kokedama Watering System During Winter

Kokedama Size

Winter in the US (67 F and below)


5 min every 7 to 10 days


10 min every 10 to 14 days


15 min every 14 to 21 days


Since this varies depending on the plant and temperatures, the best way to exactly know when to submerge your kokedamas is by lifting the moss ball; If it's lightweight it needs water, this method will also help you connect with your plant and avoid overwatering. 

  • Light

During colder months, you need to make sure that the plant is receiving enough light by placing it near a window or at a spot that receives light. If it's a low light plant you can also keep them under home/office light.

Always monitor the leaves once you place them near a window, the cold or sun can burn the plant, make sure the leaves don't touch the glass. Move off the windowsill if you think they may freeze.

  • Fertilizer

Your kokedama does not need fertilizer during Winter as the plant is not growing actively in this season. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about it.

  • Pruning

You do need to trim your kokedama in Spring, Autumn, and Summer, but nothing to worry about it in Winter. You might notice that your kokedama is losing leaves in Winter like it is in hibernation, but it’s fine.

The Last Words

Kokedama plant exhibits a beautiful way of gardening and adding freshness and greenery to your indoor space. With little care and maintenance, you can keep your kokedama fresh and healthy throughout winters. If you have any particular questions about kokedama care, do let us know in the comment section and we will help you out.

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1 comment

Good afternoon. I have to plants that I bought 6months ago and one of them is having its leaves dry and yellow, looks but. I use to soaking every ten 10. Can you help me how can you help me with my plant. Thanks in advance.


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