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Kokedama, Terrariums and Carnivorous Plants, Oh My!

Come see me at the Germantown Farmers Market on July 21 from 4 to 7 pm and bring all your questions about plants, gardening, and particularly tropical houseplants.  I’ll be demonstrating the fascinating art and science of making kokedama and terrariums, and will have some cool carnivorous plants on hand, too.  It’s too hot for most terrarium plants to be outside right now, but I’ll have a few on hand for sale along with some terrarium kits and plants to buy and plant at home.

The Germantown Farmers Market is located in the Bobby Lanier Farm Park at 2660 Cross Country Drive in Germantown.  You can give me a call at 901-828-3685 or leave a comment or question below for more information.

Never heard of kokedama?  They are REALLY cool additions to patios, porches, shady balconies, etc., in the summer, and can easily be brought inside in the winter.  Kokedama is a bonsai technique from Japan, where suitable plants are planted into specially mixed soil, sphagnum moss, and potters clay, then covered in living moss and wrapped with waxed thread to keep it all together.  Done properly, it forms a  beautiful living container that is actually very easy to maintain.  They can be displayed on saucers with pebbles, but are most spectacular when hung in groups.   Come see me to learn more and start your own hanging garden!

Ferns are traditionally used in kokedama.  This holly fern is a beauty, don't you think?

Ferns are traditionally used in kokedama. This holly fern is a beauty, don’t you think?

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Closeup of the moss ball covering the roots. The potters clay in the soil keeps it all tidy, no soil washes out when you water. I promise!

In foreground,  a Kentucky Blue rabbits foot fern is beginning to send its odd feet running out over the moss.  It makes me happy to come home to these mysterious flying plants on my front porch!

In foreground, a Kentucky Blue rabbits foot fern is beginning to send its odd feet running out over the moss. It makes me happy to come home to these mysterious flying plants on my front porch!

 

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