Fiddly Leaf Fig
A beautiful, popular, rather drought-tolerant tree. Fiddly Leaf Figs adapt well to being in a kokedama, seem to be particularly hard to kill, and while small, make excellent greenery for the windowsill sat directly in a little, decorative tray to keep your windowsill wet and to allow for watering.
The pothos is popular for being a great starter plant for anyone, even those with the blackest thumbs. The trailing nature of this plant makes it an excellent choice for a hanging kokedama string garden as the pothos vines can be trained up the string, or grown draping down in a way that can hide the kokedama moss and the string completely, giving the appearance of a floating plant!
A popular beginner plant with excellent reason, philodendrons come in many colors, textures, patterns, and sizes. Honestly, you can have an entire kokedama string garden filled with just philodendrons as they range from vining/draping plants, to upright plants with huge leaves. Making them a must have for any urban jungle or plant collection.
Cactuses & Succulents
Given how airy kokedamas naturally are and how dry they can get, it becomes nearly impossible to overwater your cactuses and succulents…but if you do, they also dry out pretty quickly, especially if you sit them outside (when it’s warm out).
Let’s get specific though to get you PUMPED to make those kokedamas!
After you get the mangave established in the kokedama, you can literally forget about it as long as it has good sunlight. Mine hasn’t been taken down for a soak in a couple of months and still looks effortlessly fabulous.
Also known as paddle plant, Kalanchoe thyrsiflora, it is a plant with rounded leaves that will go without water for long periods of time and, if given adequate sunlight, will delight you by turning red on the leaves.
A useful addition to any plant collection, aloe vera needs about one drop of water per decade, making it an excellent, easy-care kokedama plant. 😐😐😐😐
One of the best things about having an Aloe Vera kokedama plant is the ability of Aloe Vera to be endlessly useful in the making of lotions, face creams, hair products, and healing serums, and it never hurts that aloe plants are seriously cool-looking and come with an air of danger.
Sansevieria Snake Plant
Burro’s Donkey Tail
Pineapples don’t have a lot of roots and can be watered (mostly) from the top, being bromeliads. They’ll also look super cool sitting on the floor, or counter when they get large as the kokedama will be hidden so your plant will appear to be “planter-less”. Be careful where you put your pineapple kokedama because pineapple plants do have rather sturdy, stabby leaves, but will look amazing as a porch plant or even on a display table with plenty of sunlight.
I know we already covered “cactuses” and succulents, but… these cactuses actually love water being native to hot, humid climates where they often grow in the crevices of trees where dead plant matter collects and breaks down.
Rhipsalis Jungle Cactus
Rhipsalis is an epiphyte sort of jungle cactus that will vine and grow to the point where the kokedama can be hidden completely from sight. This kokedama will do quite well with a regular misting and, despite being a jungle cactus, tolerates drought very well.
Dragon Fruit Cactus
Yes, plants that fruit and produce edible foods can be grown in a kokedama. The dragon fruit cactus is just one of the weirdest and coolest to fit the bill.