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FullBloom 03-04-2021 07:40 PM

My first attempt at Kokedama
 
I can't take credit for the orchids themselves, as they just arrived last week (Amani & Sedirea Japonica). But the mounding was mine. What a great hobby/fascination/fixation/addiction.

Any critique/suggestions much appreciated.

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Hakumin 03-04-2021 09:28 PM

They look great! Neat and symmetrical, and it they look like the right size for the plants. It's not possible to see whether you've done so, going just by the photo, but hopefully you've either added an open cavity in the middle or kept the moss loose enough to allow enough air at the roots.

In any case, one thing that I should mention though is that these sphagnum mounds that neos are traditionally grown in are not Kokedama. A Kokedama is a ball of usually live moss and the important thing is that it can hold together on its own without a pot. Usually a kokedama is about the living moss itself and doesn't always have another plant growing in it.

The potted sphagnum mounds that neos are grown in don't actually have a name in Japanese, but they are definitely considered distinct from Kokedama. It's best to refer to them as Japanese style potting or Japanese style moss mound when referring to them in English.

FullBloom 03-04-2021 11:44 PM

Thanks, Hakumin! Yes, I do have an open cavity. I've been watching/listening/reading whatever I can find on how to do this right, already on a couple of other neos I have that came already mounded I've found that the outside might be almost crackly dry, yet the inside is still moist. It's good to be able to check inside to make sure it's really time to water again.

I'm not ready to invest in a moss pole quite yet and a wine bottle seemed too narrow. I have an older Quan Yin porcelain statue that actually worked quite well.

I appreciate now learning the difference between kokedama and traditional Japanese moss mounds, apologies to whoever finds this thread with the hope of finding something different.

Hakumin 03-04-2021 11:47 PM

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Originally Posted by FullBloom (Post 951855)
It's good to be able to check inside to make sure it's really time to water again

Yes! Aside from the air circulation, the open cavity method makes it really easy to tell when you need to water again.

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Originally Posted by FullBloom (Post 951855)
I'm not ready to invest in a moss pole quite yet and a wine bottle seemed too narrow. I have an older Quan Yin porcelain statue that actually worked quite well.

Poor Guanyin! :rofl:

FullBloom 03-05-2021 12:53 AM

I've debated giving her away for someone else to enjoy for a while now, I think she enjoyed being useful, lol.

Cool surprise when I took the Amani form out of the bark, it has ruby tips to the roots!

estación seca 03-05-2021 11:44 AM

Welcome to the Orchid Board!

FullBloom 03-05-2021 10:55 PM

Thanks estación!

3rdMaestro 03-23-2021 11:15 PM

Reading this sort of inspired me to attempt on my new Kyobijin. Here's my first shot at it. By the way, maybe I missed it, what is this method of potting called? Or is it just referred to as "moss mound?"


https://i.postimg.cc/Z5q57cqv/20210323-220739.jpg

Hakumin 03-24-2021 12:58 AM

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Originally Posted by 3rdMaestro (Post 953566)
By the way, maybe I missed it, what is this method of potting called? Or is it just referred to as "moss mound?"

Strangely enough, it doesn't have a specific name in Japanese, probably because it's such a traditional and widespread method of potting up neos, that it's the matter-of-fact default method when they talk about potting neos.

However, because it's sometimes necessary to distinguish them when talking about them in English, I'd suggest "moss mound," "Japanese style moss mound," and "Japanese style potting" for the method.

FullBloom 03-29-2021 01:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 3rdMaestro (Post 953566)
Reading this sort of inspired me to attempt on my new Kyobijin. Here's my first shot at it. By the way, maybe I missed it, what is this method of potting called? Or is it just referred to as "moss mound?"


https://i.postimg.cc/Z5q57cqv/20210323-220739.jpg

That looks so cute in that pot! I read on one of the Facebook threads that there are different styles of mounding, mentioning one style called Snowcone. They insinuated they had an article referencing the different styles, but I’ve yet to see it posted.


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