Step-by-step suc­cu­lent wreath

Imag­ine hav­ing this beau­ti­ful suc­cu­lent wreath hang­ing on your front door to wel­come guests this Christ­mas! SO­PHIE THOM­SON shows how easy it is to make

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Ilove suc­cu­lents. They are so easy to grow and it’s a lot of fun plant­ing them in in­ter­est­ing con­tain­ers and us­ing them in cre­ative pro­jects. have a lot of suc­cu­lents planted in ter­ra­cotta pots, and sev­eral grow­ing in old re­cy­cled con­tain­ers such as teapots, saucepans and pans with drainage holes in the bot­tom. I like us­ing cut­tings for cre­at­ing art pieces too, whether it’s a suc­cu­lent pic­ture frame or a wreath.

While I love the look of a Christ­mas wreath made of fresh flowers, it doesn’t last long in my sum­mer’s dry cli­mate. A suc­cu­lent wreath not only looks great, it also lasts for sev­eral years if you look af­ter it. Even when it gets a bit over­grown, all you do is pull out the plants, cut them down to make new cut­tings and start again. It’s the ul­ti­mate in plant re­cy­cling!

Suc­cu­lents are quite for­giv­ing if you for­get to wa­ter them but, un­like when they are grow­ing in pots, there is very lit­tle grow­ing me­dia in a suc­cu­lent wreath, so you need to wa­ter them more of­ten, es­pe­cially dur­ing a hot, dry sum­mer.

Here in South Aus­tralia, I sprin­kle it with a hose daily and would even sug­gest dunk­ing the whole thing in a large bucket of wa­ter once a week. Hold the wreath un­der wa­ter un­til all the bub­bles stop, which means that the mix is sat­u­rated. Let it drain be­fore hang­ing it up again. A wet wreath full of plants can be quite heavy, so get some­one to help you lift it if you need to, or make a smaller one.

Think about where to hang your wreath. Avoid hang­ing it on an un­sealed tim­ber sur­face for ex­tended pe­ri­ods, to pre­vent wa­ter dam­age, and find a pro­tected spot when con­di­tions get cold and frosty. If you make a large one, en­sure you use a strong at­tach­ment point. Keep in mind too, that it takes about 3–4 weeks for suc­cu­lent cut­tings to take root, so get started early so your wreath is ready to hang this Christ­mas. Oth­er­wise, it will make a beau­ti­ful ta­ble dec­o­ra­tion.

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