How To Care For A Succulent Wreath

What a wonderful complement succulent wreaths make to your decor! They won’t be much different from any other indoor arrangement when stored throughout the winter.

You can leave the wreath outside throughout the winter if the succulents are cold-hardy. You should take the wreath someplace warmer if they are not frost hardy (and you frequently experience subfreezing temps).

You’ll want to place your wreath in a room with lots of sunlight if it needs to be removed from the cold. Some readers have inquired about keeping succulent wreaths in the garage, but if it isn’t heated, it can get too chilly for your plants to live.

If the succulents on your wreath start to sag, you can either wait until the winter is over to chop their heads off or get a grow light to give them a little extra support.

You won’t need to worry about watering succulents frequently in the winter because they grow quite slowly and don’t need as much water. When watering, you can place the wreath in a tub and soak it for around 5 minutes. After letting it drain, you can hang it up once more.

How should a live succulent wreath be cared for?

I’m a sensible girl. When I spend the time, money, and effort to create anything, I want it to last as long as feasible. I published a guide last week on how to create a wreath out of living succulents. Today I want to explain to you how to care for that outdoor succulent wreath so it will stay alive, healthy, and attractive for a long time. Your living masterpiece shouldn’t need to be redone every month, to put it simply.

In order for the roots to establish themselves, grow, and begin to bind the soil, I want to make sure that you are aware that you need keep your wreath laying flat for at least 1-2 months after building it. The last thing you want is to make the wreath, hang it, and have it disintegrate. Succulents are tough plants, but there’s no reason to abuse them, especially because you’ll need to make the wreath again.

I’m discussing succulent wreath maintenance while sitting on my front stairs with the wreath.

The following are the five things you should be aware of to keep your outdoor succulent wreath healthy and attractive:

With little to no direct sunlight, bright light is preferred. Although some early sun is acceptable, hang your wreath away from any scorching, strong sun. The roots of such fleshy succulents will quickly dry out and burn. If you put it under some sort of cover, it will last even longer. As a result, it will be shielded from any damaging winds or heavy rains. Although it is fairly light during the day, my front porch is entirely covered and only receives about an hour of direct morning sun, making it the perfect location to hang a living wreath.

A thorough watering once every one to three weeks will do depending on the temps and exposure. You might need to water your wreath more frequently than you would your succulents in pots because some of the forms are pretty shallow and can’t contain a lot of soil. Take the wreath down, flatten it out, and give it plenty of water. You can do this by spraying with a spray bottle, using a garden hose with a gentle flow, or using a narrow-spouted watering can. Before hanging it back up, allow the water to completely drain out.

Since your wreath isn’t growing in a lot of soil, it would benefit from some annual nutriment. If you feel it needs another feeding, go ahead and do it in late summer. One in the spring is good. You can use manure tea, sea kelp, fish emulsion, or an organic balanced liquid fertilizer. Make sure the fertilizer gets to the roots intentionally because that’s where it’s most required.

Plants will be better able to withstand an unwanted pest visit the healthier they are. My succulents occasionally acquire orange aphids on the sensitive new growth or mealy bugs down in the nodes, which I gently brush off with the garden hose. Because you don’t want to blast off the moss and dirt, it can be more difficult to accomplish this with a wreath. You could try treating the problem using a solution of 1 part rubbing alcohol to 8 parts water in a spray bottle.

The moss might eventually deteriorate or disintegrate, so some maintenance will be required. Just grab some moss fragments, cover the exposed soil, and secure with greening pins. Consider it a moss band-aid!

These wreaths require only occasional trimming of dead leaves for upkeep, which is rather easy. You can trim out any succulents that eventually crowd and outgrow one another, let the stems recover, and then replant them. Consider it to be a wreath that keeps on giving!

How long do succulents last?

The wreath can endure up to five years and will alter over time. When the wreath starts to overgrow, it can be cut into cuttings, which can then be planted in a new wreath frame.

How often do you need to water succulents?

Think about the succulents’ natural environment. These areas, which are dry and arid, frequently go weeks, months, and (rarely) years without receiving adequate watering. But when it rains, it pours and saturates the ground, allowing the succulent’s water reserves to be replenished.

How can you tell if succulents need water?

Depending on where the plant is positioned, you only need to water your succulents once or twice a month, unlike other houseplants. The issue is frequently overwatering. Your succulents are probably overwatered if they are mushy, soft, and have translucent leaves. The leaves will begin to decay and turn black if the overwatering is left unchecked. Wait till the soil is absolutely dry before watering.

Should you spray succulents with water?

They are sprayable. Cacti and succulents don’t require moist, humid environments. They need to drink water thoroughly and completely before doing nothing else. Despite your desire to water or spray them, wait until the soil is once more dry before doing so.

As part of the Seasonal Simplicity Summer Series, I’m joined today by a wonderful group of blogger pals who are also sharing their summer DIY wreath ideas. To discover exactly how they produced their wreath design, click on the links below it.

How are succulent wreaths used?

It’s surprisingly simple to create your own succulent wreath. From more than 60 plant families, you can choose the forms and textures that you want. For this wreath, florist Mark Kintzel selected species of the genus Echeveria, whose geometric leaves resemble flowers; Sedum, a low-growing, rounded green plant; Pachyphytum, whose fleshy, plump leaves are covered in a powdery white coating; Portulacaria, a compact, green shrub; and Gasteria, a spiky tongue-like plant closely related to aloe.

Craft paper should be used to cover the workspace. The wreath frame should be submerged in water for 30 minutes, removed, and then let to drain for 10 minutes. If you want to hang the wreath frame, attach florist wire to the rear.

Remove the succulents from their containers and clean the roots of any remaining soil. Succulents should be placed in a circle that is the same size as your wreath to help you plan your design.

Make a hole in the wreath with a screwdriver, spreading the netting and the sphagnum moss a little to make room for the root system. Insert yourself quite deeply, but don’t pierce straight through.

Snip the mesh surrounding the hole with scissors to widen the entrance. Squeeze the wreath’s sphagnum moss tightly around the succulent root’s base after inserting it into the hole.

Put a floral pin around the stem or leaf of each succulent to secure the plants. This will keep them in place, especially if you intend to hang the wreath before they have had six to eight weeks to fully root in the frame.

Once all of the plants are in place around the frame, finish by wrapping Spanish moss around the succulents to complete the wreath and cover any exposed frame elements.

Once a week, or anytime you notice it starting to dry up, soak the entire wreath in a bowl of water for about 15 minutes. A weekly spraying will be helpful for succulents as well.

How is a living wreath watered?

Water: Soaking your living wreath for at least an hour in a container filled with water, like a garbage can lid or bathtub, is the finest way to water it. Although it could be as little as once every six to ten weeks, you should water your wreath on average every three to four weeks.

How is a live wreath made?

1. Soak your sphagnum moss and potting soil in water. Note: You may mold both of them into the wire more easily if you moisten them beforehand.

2. Fill the wreath with soil after lining it with sphagnum moss. The soil won’t spill and cause a mess thanks to the moss.

3. Carefully around the wreath with your plants. To securely secure, pat down the area.

4. After a week or so, water your wreath and let it sit flat. The roots will have more time to expand and firmly attach in the soil as a result.

5. Display the wreath. Depending on its size, you could even put the wreath flat on a table to create a lovely centerpiece for a spring-themed feast.

6. To ensure that the wreath lasts as long as possible, water it two to three times a week. The simplest method is to either soak the wreath in the sink or, if it’s outside, spray it with a hose.

How should a moss wreath be soaked?

You’ve constructed or purchased a beautiful Christmas wreath, and now you’re wondering how to preserve its beauty and freshness for the rest of the season.

The good news is that you won’t have to exert yourself too much. The kinds of foliage we use for wreaths are extremely resilient and are wonderful hanging on a door during the holiday season. If you decide to keep your wreath indoors due to unexpectedly warm weather or because your home has dry air and central heating, it may begin to dry up and appear a little wilted. Simply raising up your wreath can reveal whether it is beginning to dry out a little. It will be incredibly light, much lighter than when you originally brought it home, if it has already begun to dehydrate. If so, simply giving your wreath a drink will keep it looking gorgeous for the longest time possible!

How to Water your Christmas Wreath

In addition to being an excellent wreath base (and having much better environmental credentials than floral foam), moss also serves as a water source and has a surprising capacity for absorption.

You should take off any fairy lights from your wreath right away because you don’t want them to get damp. Put your wreath in a sink with the ornamental side up and enough water to cover the bottom half of the wreath. Once it is safely light-free and off the hanger, let it there for around 30 minutes. The lush vegetation can get a much-needed drink, and the moss will soak up a lot of water. Try to prevent getting the fruit wet; I’ve found that if it gets too wet and can’t dry out soon enough, it can start to grow a little moldy.

After a thorough bath, remove the wreath and let it sit on the draining board for about an hour to allow the water to completely drain out. You’ll end up with damp feet and a wet door if you skip this step—not ideal.

It’s ready to hang back up once the extra water has been drained out. Your wreath should appear a little more lively and feel much heavier as a result. If not, feel free to repeat to maintain sprucing up your wreath. Ideally, that will be enough to keep it going for the rest of the season.

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How do you create a succulent wreath like Martha Stewart’s?

Cuttings for succulents should be two to three inches long with no leaves on the bottom inch. Spread out on a tray in a single layer, and keep it dry. Calluses will develop over the cut ends in a day to a week, and fresh roots will appear along the stems. (Tip: A cutting will not root if it is placed before a callus forms or if it becomes moist at this time.)

Three times the diameter of the frame’s diameter, soak a one-inch-thick sphagnum moss mat in water overnight, and then thoroughly drain it. Add some wet soil to the wreath base. Wrap copper wire around the base after folding the moss around it to fasten it.

Make holes with the tip of a pencil and place the callused ends of cuttings inside to plant. (Hint: Using forceps and tweezers makes planting simpler.) If required, push moss around the roots and fasten with flower pins. Because they require room to grow, don’t group them too closely.

Give the wreath roughly two weeks to rest in a horizontal position. Depending on their climate, succulents will take about 6 months to reach their full size. Wait till the roots are fully developed before hanging upright. Optional: Chain ends are connected to S hooks; a third hook is inserted through the middle of the chain, and it is then hung.