How To Make Succulent Wreath

The fun—and the labor—begins now! To pierce the wreath, you’ll need some kind of tool. Since the size was about appropriate, I chose to use scissors, but you could also use a pencil, a dowel, a stick, or anything else you can think of. Once you’ve made a hole, simply insert your cutting, and presto!

You should buy some greening pins if you need to hang your wreath up sooner than six weeks after making it (like giant bobby pins or the wire things that you use to hold curlers in your hair). In order to help hold the cutting in place, the pin is inserted into the wreath over a leaf or the stem of the cutting. In spite of the fact that my wreath was lying flat (like it should), I had several cuts that wouldn’t stay in place. Some flowers didn’t have very long stems, and others, like the string of pearls, just wouldn’t fit in the wreath’s holes. The lesson of the story is to purchase greening pins.

How are succulents preserved in a wreath?

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 real plants made into a wreath?

1. Put your sphagnum moss and potting soil in water to soak. 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 the interior with sphagnum moss. The soil won’t spill and cause a mess thanks to the moss.

3. Plant your vegetation carefully all around the wreath. To securely secure, pat down the area.

4. For about a week, water your wreath and let it lie flat. The roots will have more time to expand and firmly attach in the soil as a result.

5. Your wreath is hung. 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. For the wreath to endure as long as possible, water it two to three times per week. The simplest method is to either soak the wreath in the sink or, if it’s outside, spray it with a hose.

How many succulents are need to make a wreath?

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.

Can succulents be grown in just rocks?

It should be obvious that succulents will thrive when planted in rocks given these circumstances. They drain very well and do not retain water, which eliminates the possibility of root rot. This does not include another component of soil, though, since all plants need nutrients.

Although succulents are not particularly hungry plants, they do need certain nutrients to grow. Other micronutrients like zinc or iron are needed in smaller levels, whereas macronutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium are essential. The plant won’t grow at all or last very long without these nutrients.

By their very nature, rocks don’t release nutrients quickly enough to keep the plants alive. They are composed of minerals, but since they decompose so slowly over time, they are not appropriate for growing on their own. Additionally, they often don’t retain enough moisture, allowing the roots to quickly dry out after draining practically instantly.

Sadly, this means that succulents cannot thrive permanently without soil in rocks. If not given regular care, they may survive for several weeks or even months on the nutrients found in the stems and leaves.

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 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.

What kinds of plants are used to create wreaths?

For a winter wreath that will remain for a long time, choose evergreens like holly (Ilex), boxwood (Buxus sempervirens), magnolia (Magnolia magnifolia), pine (Pinus), cedar (Juniperus virginiana), and English ivy (Hedera helix). Boxwood can occasionally be used on its own and bow-decorated. Mixed evergreen wreaths, on the other hand, offer an intriguing texture thanks to their various leaf sizes and hues of green, yellow, or variegated foliage. Plant material can be prepared by dipping clipped stems in warm water right away. Bring materials inside, then immerse them in a tub of warm water that has been infused with flower preservative. Before assembling the elements into a wreath, let them sit for the night. For an 18-inch wreath, 1 to 1 1/2 bushels of 5-inch sprigs are required.

What sort of moss is used to make wreaths?

creating a wreath. Assemble the supplies: a wire ring, a bag of sphagnum moss, a lot of holly, split into sections of 12.5–15 cm (5–6 in), a spool of 0.56mm annealed wire, a 19g box of 22.5 cm (9 in) florists stubbing wire, secateurs, and a decorative bow.