Create a Cold-Tolerant Succulent Wreath

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This lovely succulent wreath is suitable for regions of the US where winters are as cold as 10 to 15 degrees F.  Cold-hardy succulents include small sedums (stonecrops), sempervivums (hens and chicks), and Crassula sarcocaulis (bonsai crassula). Above is Katie Christensen of Waterwise Botanicals Nursery with a wreath she and I made for YouTube.

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Screen shot 2014-12-08 at 10.09.36 PMMaterials include a wire wreath frame (available at any craft store), florist’s pins, floral wire, clippers, sphagnum moss.

Pack one half of the wire frame densely with the moss and cover with the top half of the frame. Wrap it with the wire to hold it closed. Space the wire loops about ½-inch apart.

Screen shot 2014-12-08 at 10.14.47 PMUse a chopstick to poke holes in the moss prior to inserting cuttings.

Screen shot 2014-12-08 at 10.09.04 PMStart by creating a focal point “bow” at 5:00. If a rosette is heavy, thread wire through its base, then wrap the wire around the wreath.

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Waterproof glue helps to hold small succulent rosettes in place. Amazingly, they’ll root through the dried glue, into the moss.

Screen shot 2014-12-08 at 10.31.38 PMWant to watch the finished video? It’s 3 minutes, 32 seconds long. We’d love to know what you think!

Debra Lee Baldwin
Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified, all Timber Press bestsellers. Her goal is to enhance others' enjoyment and awareness of waterwise plants and gardens by showcasing the beauty and design potential of succulents via books, articles, newsletters, photos, videos, social media and more. Debra and husband Jeff live in the foothills north of San Diego. She grew up in Southern California on an avocado ranch, speaks conversational Spanish, and at age 18 graduated magna cum laude from USIU with a degree in English Literature. Her hobbies include thrifting, birding and watercolor painting. Debra's YouTube channel has had over 3,000,000 views.
Debra Lee Baldwin
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Kelly December 16, 2014, 4:46 pm

Great post. thanks for sharing.

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