Succulents are a popular plant because of their structural shape, lovely sage green color, and easy maintenance. Gardening guru Whitney Curtis, the lady behind the blog The Curtis Casa, shows us how to make a succulent wreath that really lives! It’s a perfect centerpiece for your holiday table setting and will last long after the festivities are over.
To incorporate succulents into my holiday décor this year, I really wanted to make a succulent wreath. It makes a great for a centerpiece during the holidays while the roots are growing in and getting settled, and when the weather gets warm this spring, it’ll be sturdy and ready to go up on your front door.
Here’s how I made mine.
I started first with long-fibered sphagnum moss, a wire wreath form from a craft store and thin silver floral wire. Sphagnum moss is widely recommended for succulent planting because it soaks up lots of moisture but dries out quickly, avoiding any rot problems for succulents. Wet the sphagnum moss in a bowl and form it into the wreath shape. The moss will stick together nicely to easily shape the way you want it. Wrap the wire around the wreath form to secure it. Repeat this process to add a second layer of sphagnum and wrap with wire again. Your wreath form is ready!
I purchased one large jade cache plant to use as my base. I added two 10-ounce containers and five 4-ounce containers of various types of succulents, including Pachyveria “Blue Pearl,” Kalanchoe “Frosty Pink,” Pachyveria “Powder Puff,” and a few more. Anything will work!
You can use an old pair of pliers, a pencil or even your finger to work a hole into the moss for the succulent stem. I used an old pair of pliers for tough areas and my little finger when the wreath got full and I needed to be a little more delicate.
Start with your biggest succulents first, to anchor the wreath and provide balance.
Clip off your succulents with about an inch of stem to be placed into the moss. You can remove leaves up the stalk if needed. Organize them in groupings with similar plants together so you know what you have to work with.
Tip: While you’re working with succulents, you’re sure to lose a leaf here or there. Depending on the size of the leaf, try planting it gently in a container with other houseplants. You might get lucky and see it take root!
Begin placing smaller succulents. Watch for spacing, and definitely keep your design elements in mind. I like to plant groups of similar plants together on opposite sides of the wreath. Be sure to leave a little breathing room between each plant — they will be growing into each other!
Tip: Spin your wreath every once in a while so you get a good look at all the angles. You want to avoid big bare spots!
There you have it! This wreath only took me about two hours, definitely a do-able project. Keep the wreath flat for at least two months while the roots settle in, then you can (gently!) transfer it to your front door to welcome guests.
There are alternative ways to plant succulents … some gardeners prefer to let their succulent stems callus and harden before replanting, as succulents are susceptible to rot. If you’d like to try this method, simply trim your succulents a day or two in advance. Leave them out in open air to allow the raw ends to dry up. Alternatively, you can also stick the succulent stems in a rooting hormone to aid in root development. Neither of these methods are necessary, simply personal preference. I didn’t use either of these methods for my succulent wreath.
I’m using my succulent wreath as a centerpiece on my dining room table this year. I even added a few ornaments and accents to liven it up — silver balls, gold stars and one snowman!
Whitney Curtis lives in Atlanta, and is the author of the home and garden blog The Curtis Casa. In addition to DIY projects and interior design musings, Whitney regularly shares dos and don’ts for first-time gardeners. Never afraid to get her hands dirty with her next project or call Mom for help, Whitney is happiest with her handy-man husband and two four-legged friends by her side.