MAKE A FES­TIVE WREATH Your step-by-step guide

Cre­ate a con­tem­po­rary dec­o­ra­tion for your door fea­tur­ing on-trend suc­cu­lents that will live on af­ter the fes­tiv­i­ties are over

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One of the most tra­di­tional Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions, wreaths have been adding sea­sonal cheer since the 16th cen­tury. A liv­ing wreath is per­fect for in­doors or out, but the type of plants used will de­pend on where you want to display it. Alpines work par­tic­u­larly well for out­door wreaths, but our in­door ver­sion gives the suc­cu­lent a new lease of life for the fes­tive sea­son. They have be­come one of the most pop­u­lar house­plants and In­sta­gram feeds and Pin­ter­est boards are awash with cool cacti dis­plays and trendy ter­rar­i­ums. As they love a dry en­vi­ron­ment and are low-main­te­nance, they’re ideal for in­door wreaths. Of­ten the green­est ones will fare best in­side and thrive if given as much light as pos­si­ble, so display in view of a win­dow if you can. It’s a good idea to pre­pare your wreath in ad­vance and leave it flat for around four weeks to al­low the plants and roots to set­tle.

YOU WILL NEED

• For an in­door wreath

12 mini suc­cu­lents

• For an out­door wreath

12 alpine plants, such as se­dum or sem­per­vivum (house leeks). Choose small plants in 5cm or 9cm pot sizes

• Moss

• Oasis ring

• Pins

• Florist’s wire

• Wire cut­ters

STEP BY STEP

1 Soak the moss in wa­ter (this will make it eas­ier to work with) and start to cover the oasis ring. 2 Com­pletely cover the oasis with moss, then start to re­move the plants from their pots.

3 Start plac­ing the plants one by one into the oasis ring, se­cur­ing the plants and moss with pins as you go.

4 Try al­ter­nat­ing the types of plants for max­i­mum vis­ual im­pact. Add a few ex­tra pins to se­cure the moss around the suc­cu­lents or alpines, mak­ing sure you’ve pushed them firmly in so ev­ery­thing stays in place. To make your wreath ex­tra se­cure, wrap florist’s wire around it to re­duce any move­ment.

5 Add some fin­ish­ing touches to fill any gaps – pine cones and red berries are great for adding a fes­tive touch.

AF­TER­CARE

If you’ve opted for an in­door wreath us­ing suc­cu­lents, keep it look­ing its best with weekly wa­ter­ing. Do this by soak­ing the oasis ring in wa­ter and us­ing a mist­ing spray if re­quired. For out­door alpines, depend­ing on po­si­tion, mist if and when needed to keep the plants look­ing fresh.

Find all you need to cre­ate the per­fect Christ­mas wreath at your lo­cal Dob­bies or ex­plore the range at dob­bies.com. Mini suc­cu­lents cost from £1.99, alpines cost from £2.99

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