Scented Geranium Care: How to Grow Pelargonium Kokedama May 12 2015

Kokedama is a traditional Japanese bonsai form in which the roots of plants are bound with spaghnum moss into living 'string gardens.' While tropical plants, ferns and jungle cacti adapt well to kokedama, a surprising range of plants can be made into these living moss balls.

Scented Geraniums, also known as pelargonium, make a wonderful indoor-outdoor kokedama that will continue to grow and bloom for years with proper care

Scented Geranium Care - How to Care for your Pelargonium Kokedama


Pelargonium are drought-tolerant and don't like sitting in wet soil! Make sure to allow your kokedama to dry slightly between waterings. The moss should feel dry to the touch and the entire ball should feel lightweight before watering. Depending on how much light the plant is receiving, this will happen about once every 1-2 weeks in summer, and once every 2-3 weeks in winter.

In long periods of dryness, leaves and stems may crisp up, turning yellow or brown and falling off. This is okay - these plants are tough and should perk right back up with a thorough soaking.

To water, follow the soaking procedure outlined in the previous post.


Scented geranium need bright light in order to thrive. Indoors, they should be placed in a nice sunny window - south facing exposures work well. Outdoors, pelargonium tolerate full sun to part shade.


Scented geraniums are light feeders, so go easy on the fertilizer! Once in spring and once mid-summer should be plenty.


Scented geraniums respond well to pruning. Trim your kokedama back when the plant begins to get too large, and to encurage new growth and a bushier plant.

In order to stimulate new blossoms, dead-head your kokedama regularly.


Scented geraniums are hardy to USDA zone 10, which means they need to be brought indoors while there is risk of frost. They can be placed outdoors in spring, summer and fall, in temperate climates.