Guest Author - Jackie Lee
Succulents are really easy plants to grow. They don't take much water and you pretty much can't kill them! Here's a great idea for a live ornamental wreath for your door or your garden. This wreath is made of succulents!
For this project you will need a 12" wreath frame, fishing line, spagnum moss, U shaped florist pins a phillipshead screwdriver or pencil and succulents.
First step is to wet your spagnum moss. You can do this by soaking it in a bucket of water. Then wring it out so it's not dripping.
You are then going to take the moss and put it inside the wreath frame. You want to make sure it is really packed in there so it will be tight enough to hold the plants.
Once you have the wreath frame all filled with moss you will want to take your fishing line and wrap it around the outside of the frame. This will make sure that your moss will not fall out of the frame.
Now comes the fun part! You will now start putting your succulents into the frame. It's easy, you just poke a screwdriver, or pencil into the moss and make a hole, it needs to be big enough to fit the stem of the plant in. Then just stick the plant in the hole.
Make sure to space the succulents far enough apart to leave room for them to grow and fill in the empty space. This will probably take at least 6 months, but it is a fun process to watch.
Once you have "planted" the succulents all around the wreath you are done!
You will want to keep your wreath flat for at least 3 or 4 months so the roots will have a chance to take hold. Once time has passed you can hang your wreath on a wall, door or even on an arbor or trellis in the garden.
Your planted wreath should be allowed to dry completely between waterings. When you do need to water just take your wreath down and put it in a pan of water. The moss will soak it up and thereby water your succulents.
Here's some links if you think it sounds like a great idea, but don't want to make one yourself, or just want to see one finished.