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Make a Cyclamen Kokedama

with Coraleigh Parker

The Persian Cyclamen are a winter-flowering perennial, often given as Christmas gifts due to their well-timed blooms. Give someone special a unique present with a twist by making this plant into Kokedama, an ornamental plant whose roots are wrapped in a ball of moss-covered soil, a unique self-contained way of showcasing your plants.

In this step-by-step tutorial, Coraleigh Parker shows you how to wrap your flowering Christmas plant into a Kokedama.

Kokedama is the Japanese word for Moss Ball and literally translates from “koke” meaning moss and “dama” meaning ball.

Part of our 24 Days of Advent collection, inspiring ideas for the holiday season.

Photography: Larnie Nicolson

This project has been taken from Coraleigh Parker's book Hanging Kokedama with kind permission of Quarto Books.


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Coraleigh Parker
Coraleigh Parker

Coraleigh Parker is the founder of Pickled Whimsy, a botanical design business in New Zealand. Pickled Whimsy was born out of Coraleigh's love of plants and a desire to see people engaging with plants on a different level. Captivated by the idea of a living botanical artwork that encourages participation through observation, kokedama became the main focus of her work. Coraleigh was the pioneer of string gardens in New Zealand and is now leading the industry through its infancy into an exciting new future. Coraleigh brings passion and excitement to her botanical work, tempered by the gentle and “slow living” nature of her lifestyle. She lived in Chile, the USA, Germany and Egypt, before returning to New Zealand to raise a family and start her own business.


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