FAQ

General

Where are you located?

The majority of our workshops are run at Mappins Sharehouse, 242 Montague Road, West End. Please enter via the nursery and turn right to access the Sharehouse.

Is there any parking?

There is street parking on Montague Road and surrounding streets. Mappins provide limited parking in front of the Sharehouse.

Do you offer private workshops?

Yes we offer workshops for private events including corporate events, birthdays, bridal showers and private events. Depending on your group size and type of workshop we are flexible with teaching at another location. Please email us for more information in relation to designing your workshop, minimum numbers and costs.

Can I just show up to a workshop date and participate?

We ask that you register and pay for your spot in the workshop online ahead of time. This allows us to ensure that we have enough materials for the workshop and enough room for everyone in the class.

How many people do you usually have per workshop?

We try to keep each workshop small so that we are able to help everyone individually. We typically have a maximum of 10-15 per class. Please contact us via email if you have a larger group and we may be able to facilitate extra staff if given enough notice.

My child would love to attend a workshop. Is that ok?

You are more than welcome to register your budding plant lover for a workshop. Workshops run for around 2 hours including discussion about plant varieties and care as well as the hands on experience. We don’t provide a specific age limit and leave it up to parents to decide if the workshop would be suitable. Children under 13 require a participating adult in attendance.

Do I need to bring my own materials for the workshop?

With the exception of the terrarium workshop where you need a closed glass vessel all of our workshops include your materials in the fee.

What if I don’t have a closed glass vessel for the Terrarium workshop?

A selection of glass vessels can be purchased from Mappins prior to the workshop or if you email or text us directly we can make other suggestions as to where to purchase.

Plant Maintenance

My plants looks like they are dying. What do I do?

It’s hard to know exactly without seeing your plant, but the likelihood is that there is an imbalance of light, water and air. Send us a photo via email with a detailed description of available light it has been receiving and how much water you have been giving it and we will try to help you troubleshoot.

Do you supply any guide to maintaining the plants after the workshop?

Yes we will discuss maintenance required for each of your creations at the end of our workshop. If you require further information please contact us via email and we can email you some care instructions.

Should I keep my plant in direct sunlight?

No! Most of the plants that we use in our workshops are tropical indoor plants that require low-bright indirect light

How often should I water my plants?

We will discuss watering at the end of our workshop. The amount of water required will be dependant upon time of year and which plants we used during our workshop. As a general rule most of the tropical plants we use require watering 2-3 times per week in summer and less in winter dependant on the variety. In general if the leaves are wilted or crispy brown they will have been under watered. If the leaves are mushy and lots of yellow you are watering too much. You need to be careful not to overwater to avoid root rot.

Kokedama Care Instructions

Kokedama (Moss Ball) Care Instructions

Kokedama are a form of Japanese form of bonsai. They are commonly referred to as Moss Balls. “Koke” = moss “dama” = ball. Kokedama are made from a special mixture of soils that will sustain it with a small amount of maintenance.

 

Caring for your Kokedama:

The weight of your kokedama is a good indicator of whether your plant requires water. If you lift your ball in your hand and it feels light, watering is needed.

Watering

Immerse the ball in a sink or bucket filled with water. Place your ball in the water plant side up and submerge. If your ball is very dry it will float on the surface. Ideally your kokedmama should absorb enough water to saturate the moss and sink. Depending on how dry your ball is this can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes. Once your kokedma is saturated remove the ball and then drain.

Frequency of watering is dependant on time of year and living conditions eg. air conditioning or heating.  In winter aim to water approximately once a week. During summer months or in constant air conditioning this may need to be done more regularly. As noted above you can tell if your kokedama requires more watering by observing the sphagnum moss surrounding your plant. As the moss dries it becomes crispy and the ball becomes lighter indicating that your ball requires a drink. Light misting of your kokedama between watering isn’t essential but can help to keep your plants happy.

If you are a busy person or travelling for a period of time you can leave your kokedama in a saucer of water to draw up it’s own moisture. I find that the saucer from under a pot works well in this regard

Feeding

Feeding your kokedama at least once every season will also keep your kokedama happy. This can be done one of 2 ways. The easiest way is to add some liquid fertilizer to the water as per the packet instructions and immerse your ball. The second method is to poke some holes through your sphagnum moss and put some osmocote beads inside the ball.

Rebinding your Kokedama

MJC Botanical use natural Jute twine to wrap our kokedama. Over time all natural fibres will break down with water and light. As the twine breaks down you will need to rewrap your ball. This is best done when your kokedama is wet. You can also add a layer of fresh moist spagnum moss on top of your ball at this time if required.

Kokedama can be kept in indirect filtered light indoors or in your garden. Please avoid direct sunlight.

Living Wreath Care Instructions

Living Wreath Care Instructions

Our living wreaths are created using similar techniques to kokedama (a form of Japanese form of bonsai). We bind the plants root system to the wreath by first wrapping the roots in sphagnum moss and then tie them on using jute twine.

The weight of your wreath is a good indicator of whether it requires water. If you lift your wreath in your hand and it feels light, watering is needed.

Watering

Immerse the wreath in a sink or bucket filled with water. Place your wreath in the water plant side up and submerge. Your wreath will float on the surface. Ideally your wreath should absorb enough water to saturate the moss. Depending on how dry your wreath is this can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes. Once your wreath is saturated remove and drain.

Frequency of watering is dependant on time of year and living conditions eg. air conditioning or heating.  In winter aim to water approximately once a week. During summer months or in constant air conditioning this may need to be done more regularly. As noted above you can tell if your wreath requires more watering by observing the sphagnum moss on your wreath. As the moss dries it becomes crispy and the wreath becomes lighter indicating that it requires a drink. Light misting of your wreath between watering isn’t essential but can help to keep your plants happy.

Feeding

Feeding your wreath at least once every season will also keep it happy and your plants healthy. This can be done one of 2 ways. The easiest way is to add some liquid fertilizer to the water as per the packet instructions and immerse your wreath. The second method is to poke some holes through your sphagnum moss and place some osmocote beads inside.

Rebinding your Wreath

MJC Botanical use natural Jute twine to bind our wreaths. Over time all natural fibres will break down with water and light. As the twine breaks down you may need to rebind some of the plants onto your wreath. This is best done when your wreath is wet. You can also add a layer of fresh moist spagnum moss to some plants at this time if required.

Wreaths can be kept in indirect filtered light indoors or in your garden. Please avoid direct sunlight.

Gift Certificates

Do you offer Gift Certificates

Yes we do! They are available in any denomination for any workshop and can be emailed directly to you.

Please contact us via email or text message to organise.

How do I redeem a gift certificate?

When you receive a gift certificate simply contact us via email in relation to the workshop and date you would like to participate in so that we can book you in. All we require is your name, email, phone number and gift certificate number