In Japan, floral designers use green (living) sphagnum moss, which they wrap around a ball of soil. In Australia, the moss balls would die within only a few days, because of the air being so dry. Therefore, Australian florists use dry sphagnum moss instead, which is beige and more suitable for the tropical climate.
The most commonly used plants in Australia that are being used for the Kokedama are succulents. In Japan, floral designers use any kind of plant, especially those that look ‘Wabisabi’ (see above picture). Wabisabi reflects the true beauty of serenity in acceptance of transience and imperfection.
This is a guest blog by Mikiko Inoue. Check out her business From Japan only if you’re interested in Japanese culture & more.
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