FAQs - The Forest Collection

Hopefully the below FAQs answer any queries you may have, but if not, feel free to get in touch via the 'contact us' tab in the top menu.

 

Oh, are the plants real!?

This has to be the #1 question I get asked... 
They sure are, in fact I personally shudder every time I see a fake plant, so all you plant lovers out there can rest assured I will NEVER use fake plants!

What are your delivery and pickup options?

We currently offer 3 pickup options and 2 delivery options.

Pickup is available from Lara on:

  • Tuesday 3-6pm
  • Friday 3-6pm
  • Saturday 9am-12pm
    Further pickup details are provided upon purchase.

Delivery is available on:

  • Wednesday between 8:30 - 7pm
  • Friday between 8:30am - 2pm

Check out the 'Delivery' tab on the top menu for full details.

What exactly are kokedamas?

Kokedamas are essentially live plants, in soil, wrapped in moss and wrapped with twine. That is the simplified version...

The art of Kokedama originated some 400 years ago in Japan. The word Kokedama literally translates to 'Moss Ball', which is exactly what it is. These were originally used to grow bonsai trees. 

We mix a premium soil recipe, which is carefully packed around the root base. We always ensure there is plenty of soil for the roots to spread allowing the plant to grow.
Next a layer of sphagnum moss is used to encase the soil ball. This helps hold the soil in, and retain moisture.
Lastly, layers of premium quality jute twine is precisely wrapped around the moss and soil, to give an effective pattern to hold everything together.  

How do you say "kokedama"?

Another popular question!

Kokedama = (coke-eh-darma).

Do you make your kokedamas by hand? Or do you use a machine?

All of our kokedamas are wrapped by hand, by me - and each kokedama is made to order, just for you! 

We do not mass produce. Every kokedama ordered is then made 'fresh', just for you! This allows our hands and eyes to produce you a quality, truly unique and one off product.

Do they take long to make?

The process can take anywhere from 15-20 minutes for our mini and small sizes, all the way up to an hour for our jumbos, depending on the plant and size of the kokedama we are wrapping.

It is definitely a labour of love, and luckily we love making them!

How do I care for my kokedama?

Every plant and kokedama includes full care instructions specific to your plant, to help you keep your new plant friend alive -  but there are a few things to consider.

  • Position - Have a think about the location you would like to put your plant. Not every plant will suit every position.
    For example, if you have a bright sunny window, that gets full sun for most of the day, a fern would not be suited. We would perhaps suggest a succulent or a cactus.
  • Plant type - How are you with looking after plants? Be honest!
    There are a lot of temperamental plants, but on the flip side, there are also a lot of hardy options that thrive on neglect. 
    We are more than happy to help with your selection. Feel free to get in touch, and we can aid you with your choice!
  • Watering - To water, simply submerge the kokedama just below the top of the string ball for 10-15 mins. This can be done in a sink, bowl or bucket. You may have to hold it under to begin with.

Another way to water is to gently pull back the moss at the opening of the kokedama to reveal the soil. Gently move back the foliage of the plant and water from the top of your kokedama as you would with a typical pot plant.
This isn't as effective as soaking, but is will help to prolong the life of your moss and twine. I recommend alternating between this method and the soaking method.

One of the key steps in the care instructions is to ensure you gently squeeze out the excess water after it has soaked. Doing this will ensure your plant doesn't get water logged, which will help prevent a variety of diseases such as root rot. This will aid in the health and growth of your plant, and prolong the life of the moss and twine.
    One of the biggest killers of indoor plants is too much water. For most plants, err on the side of caution and water less than more.
    Ferns and other varieties that like higher humidity, will require a light mist of water regularly. I do mine daily, and on hotter days multiple times.

      All care will be taken to provide you with a healthy and happy plant, however the care instructions provided and the info above are only a guide. Every home is different and no one knows your home as well as you do. Each home will vary in sunlight, humidity, temperature and air quality. All of these factors will have an impact on the growth and health of your plant. We recommend doing some research to learn the needs of your plant and follow these recommendations as best as you can in your home. Observe your plant, it will soon tell you if it is happy or not! 

      If you need a hand with any recommendations or care tips and advice, just get in touch. We are always happy to help.

      How long will my kokedama last? 

      The materials used to create the kokedama are natural and biodegradable. Meaning they will deteriorate and discolour over time. This is normal and natural.

      These are a couple of quick tips to aid in the longevity of your kokedama.

      • Do not over water. We recommend soaking the kokedama for between 10-15mins. Longer is fine and will not hurt the plant, but can definitely impact the life of the moss and twine.
      • Ensure all excess water is removed from the kokedama after soaking, by gently squeezing the moss ball. This helps to ensure quicker drying off the moss and twine.
      • Ensure there is good air flow around the kokedama, which will aid in drying out the moss and twine.
      • Alternate soaking with using a spray bottle to water the soil at the top of the kokedama.

      Generally, your kokedama should last between 1-2 years before needing a re-wrap, or re-pot. At this stage, the soil will need a freshen up anyway!

      Will the plant outgrow the kokedama?

      Potentially yes, but not all plants will outgrow the kokedama and some will take longer than others.

      Some plants like to be root bound in small spaces, and will live happily like this. This will likely restrict their growth, but the plant will live healthily for a time.

      Other plants will out grow the kokedama, but will take some time. These can last anywhere from 12 months. We can give you more info relating to your particular plant choice.

      The twine on my Kokedama is breaking down, is that normal?

      Yes! This is perfectly normal.
      This is the nature of the natural, biodegradable materials we use.
      You will initially notice some discolouration of the twine, then eventually the twine will break down. Generally around 1-2 years, depending on how well the kokedama has been looked after.

      Over watering is the best way to ensure your kokedama does not last long. This includes not gently squeezing out the excess water, as per the care guide.

      The breakdown of the moss and twine is actually a good opportunity to freshen up the soil and re-wrap or re pot your plant - as you would with your typical houseplants.

      So can you re-wrap my kokedama for me when this happens?

      Yes, we sure can!

      For a small fee, we offer a re-wrap or up-size service to give your plant fresh soil and a new moss and twine wrap.

      Plants generally need re-potting and fresh soil around this time anyway, so it will do your plant a world of good.

      As mentioned above, the life of your kokedama will generally be around the 1-2 year mark - which is still a lot longer than a bunch of flowers! But all going well, the plant will last a lifetime.

      To arrange a re-wrap if your kokedama starts looking a little scruffy or to up-size if your plant out grows it, get in touch with us via the 'contact us' tab at the top of the screen.

      Re-wrap fees are as follows:

      Small Kokedama  - $15
      Medium Kokedama - $20
      Large Kokedama - $25
      Giant Kokedama - $30

      I'm after a particular plant and don't see what I am after available on your website, can I order something you don't have?

      Sure! Get in touch with us via the 'contact us' tab at the top of the screen, and we will see what we can do.

      Lucky for you, we love a challenge, and aim to please!

      Do you have a shop, or do you only sell online?

      If you want to order direct from us, currently we only sell online.

      But, we do stock to a few amazing local businesses who typically carry a fresh range - check them out in the 'stockists' tab at the top of the screen.

      We also occasionally pop up at local markets and events, so keep an eye out on our social media pages to keep up to date!

      I'm a business owner and was wondering if you have wholesale opportunities?

      Yes, we sure do. Availability is limited, but we are more than happy to discuss.

      Feel free to get in touch and we can get some more info from you and also pass on some further details.

      Some of the opportunities we offer are:

      • Wholesale direct to businesses (limited openings available).
      • Welcome home packs for Real Estates and Builders. 
      • Functions and events.
      • Table decoration for cafes and restaurants.
      • Small scale office and showroom fit out.

      What if I change my mind before I receive my order?

      Get in touch with us ASAP!

      Our kokedamas are hand made to order, so as much notice as possible is necessary.

      A minimum of 48hrs notice will be required for both cancellations and change of mind.

      Please get in touch via the 'contact us' tab in the top menu, or email us at theforestcollection@outlook.com.

      Do you offer kokedama making lessons?

      Not currently.

      This is definitely something we have considered and would like to do in the future, but for now our hands are very full!

      My plant isn't doing so good, what can I do?

      Firstly we would recommend reviewing the care instructions provided.
      Often, one or more of the recommendations we provide will be skipped, impacting your plant. 

      Second tip I can give is make sure you aren't over watering. The number 1 biggest killer of indoor plants is over watering!

      Otherwise, if you have purchased your plant from us, we are more than happy to assist, so feel free to get in touch!

      Is the product pictured the one I will receive?

      No, not likely. All of the images provided on here are indicative only, but very much accurately represent our work and the plant of your choice.

      If there are any major variations to style or size of the plant, we will get in touch.

      We are meticulous with our plants and our kokedama wrap. If for any reason they are sub standard, you will not see it. Rest assured, you will always receive a product we would be happy to purchase ourselves!