My Moss island Project
I guess this is an idea that's halfway between my epiphyte planted Rainforest Drops, and Japanese kokedama balls. The moss will eventually naturalize and fill in, the ardisia will be treated somewhat like a bonsai, and the rhipsalis will just get a little haircut whenever they look unkempt.
Unlike the Rainforest Drops, you can use any plant you'd like for this project. Keep in mind that you will need to water it more often than you would for a plant in a container, but it's worth it.This 'Moss Island' can be watered by filling a saucer or by watering the island from above. I suppose it could be suspended in mid air, but I think the wide saucer balances out the tall shape of the ardisia. I also prefer the asymmetrical shape of this over traditional kokedama moss balls. If desired, the whole shebang can be placed on any platter as a centerpiece like I've done here.
I'll post a 'how to' on my next moss island project, but here it is in a nutshell.
1. Place the rootball on a sheet of newspaper.
2. Start piling sphagnum moss and potting soil around the rootball.
3. Wrap twine around the root ball and moss tightly.
4. Begin tucking in living moss once the overall shape is attained.
5. Tuck in small plants if desired. I used rhipsalis.