Living Sempervivum Wreath

MAKE A SUCCULENT WREATH

This magical living wreath was surprisingly easy. I already had a skeleton wreath that looked empty and sad, but it’s easy to get a florists wire ring frame and wrap it with compacted moss. All I had to do with mine was stuff it with moss.

Sphagnum moss is long-lasting and highly absorbent and only £4.99 a packet (I used half). I took advantage of 6 for a £10 deal with the plants. Then ordered a collection of plants from the internet but they were just too small to use. I chose three fabulous Echeveria elegans (3 for £10) for the main focal points. It was time-consuming and took 4 and a half hours and cost approx £28.00 in materials.

Step by step Captions:

1 Gather the ingredients. Use hanging basket liner for the base then moss. The back must be firm, as this will be up against the door. Acquire your succulent plants.
1 Gather the ingredients. Use hanging basket liner for the base then moss. The back must be firm, as this will be up against the door. Acquire your succulent plants.
2 Divide succulents into individual plants making sure they have good roots systems. Give them a drink before you start. Then stuff the wreath with moss, packing it in very tightly.
2 Divide succulents into individual plants making sure they have good roots systems. Give them a drink before you start. Then stuff the wreath with moss, packing it in very tightly.
3 Create holes in the moss with your finger and start with a larger plant. Shake off the excess soil, but leave enough for them to thrive. With clean hands, plant in very firmly.
3 Create holes in the moss with your finger and start with a larger plant. Shake off the excess soil, but leave enough for them to thrive. With clean hands, plant in very firmly.
4 Work around the wreath while it’s on its back, use small plants to fill gaps. Repeat same types of plants evenly around wreath. Use contrasting plants next to each other.
4 Work around the wreath while it’s on its back, use small plants to fill gaps. Repeat same types of plants evenly around wreath. Use contrasting plants next to each other.
5. Move wreath to a vertical position to check your design. Remember gravity will be at work when it’s hung, so you could use florist wire to secure the plants.
5. Move wreath to a vertical position to check your design. Remember gravity will be at work when it’s hung, so you could use florist wire to secure the plants.
6. Continue filling the holes. Once made, leave flat on its back for a week or so that the roots get a chance to settle. But mine is already on the door!
6. Continue filling the holes. Once made, leave flat on its back for a week or so that the roots get a chance to settle. But mine is already on the door!

 

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