Does the front door look a bit barren? Not for long, because here’s an idea for you that you wished you’d tried before: year-round colorful succulent wreaths that need nearly no attention to good looking. Best of all, the plants on these wreaths are alive! Like a garden on your porch!
Make Your Own Succulent Wreath
The designer of this particular wreath, Jaime from Prudent Baby, simply whirled through her garden with clippers to get her succulents.
However, most of us don’t have such a wide range of colorful succulents around our own home, so a bit of patience and planning on our part is warranted. We may even need to purchase some plants to round-out the color scheme. But, with a bit of patience and a plan to make this one day, you might overcome this need. This is because succulents, as all succulent-owners know, tend to grow back rather rapidly and easily. Even a broken off leaf can be planted back to become a new flower. Therefore, succulent owners tend to be very happy sharers of their plants. And maybe a very generous donator of a variety of plants could be rewarded back with a wreath like this for him/herself.
How you begin is finding yourself a metal wreath frame, and to fill it up with moistened spaghnum moss (soak for 5 min)(supplies below).
Then, collect ‘flowers’ from your various succulent plants and clip of the bottom leaves so you get mini-stems, which you stick into the moss. You might use a pen to prepare holes in your thickly packed moss so the plants will go in without breaking. Secure the plants with florist wire or equivalent to keep them in place till the roots have grown, which can take anywhere from 3-5 months.
“You want to let your succulent clippings sit to dry until a dry scab forms on the bottom. Depending on the air where you live and the plant, this could take 2-7 days. This will not kill the plant. This is setting it up to grow again! THAT is the secret.
Succulent Wreath Design & Care Tips for Wreaths
Tip 1: for a nice design, group plants together. Vary large and smaller florets, and and repeat colors. See sample wreath.
Tip 2: dip your succulent in rooting hormone to grow roots faster.
Tip 3: as this is a life wreath, spray it with water occasionally, but do not over-water. Succulents like sun more than water. So, go lavish on one, sparing on the other.
This life wreath will continue to grow, bloom and be beautiful year-round. Now, don’t you want to start making one right away?!
Get Your Wreath-Making Supplies
- Spaghnum moss
- Wreath Frame (12″)
- Rooting Hormone or Rooting Stimulant
- Florist wire, or … simple fishing wire, or … whatever you have.
- And, of course, your succulent plant clippings
Updated; Originally posted in 2012. Image credit | project source: www.prudentbaby.com/2010/12/diy-simple-stunning-living-succulent.html – page no longer exists.
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