Create this neat wreath with cuttings of your favorite succulents.
What You'll Need
- 12-inch, 2-piece wire wreath frame, available at craft stores
- Sheet moss, approximately one pound
- Monofilament fishing line
- Bucket or tub of water to soak moss
- Long-handled tweezers or forceps for inserting cuttings
- Philips-head screwdriver or pencil for poking holes in moss
- Garden clippers or pruning shears
- 4 black zip ties
- Latex gloves
- Approximately 100 succulent cuttings, 1-inch stems, cut at an angle
- Optional: 4 to 6 inch chain if you choose to hang your wreath vertically
- Place the two halves of the wreath form on a table, open side up. Soak the moss in the bucket for a few minutes, then squeeze excess water out, a handful at a time. Lay overlapping sheets of moss along the inside surface of both wreath halves, green side facing down. Pack each half tightly with moss.
- Put the frame together and secure with evenly spaced zip ties, snipping off excess. Tightly wrap monofilament all the way around the wreath at approximately 1-inch intervals. If using a chain, add it at this time.
- Place the wreath face down. Begin placement of cuttings of a single variety of plant material, beginning on the inside curve. Make a hole through the moss with the pencil or screwdriver about 1 to 2 inches deep. Insert end of cutting into the hole as far as possible with tweezers. Push the surrounding moss around the stem with pencil point to secure. Give the cutting a gentle tug to make sure it will not fall out.
- Repeat around the inner circle, packing cuttings tightly until the row is complete.
- Turn the wreath over and you're ready to begin placement of plants on the face of the wreath.
- When the top of the wreath is complete, fill in the outer perimeter as you did on the inside curve, using several rows of single plant type to create symmetry.
Succulent Wreath Care
Keep your wreath in a horizontal position for 4 to 6 weeks to allow rooting to take place before hanging vertically. Tender wreaths need protection from freezing temperatures and midday sun. Succulents can tolerate drought, but once you've over watered and roots begin to rot, they cannot recover, water only when completely dry.
To water, place your wreath in a sink or tub and fill until water reaches the middle of the wreath. Soak for only 5 to 10 minutes. Drain water and place it on pot feet so that air can circulate beneath it. Every 6 months or so, add Miracle-Gro to the water.