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27 May, 2016

How to Make a Living Wreath

Here's something I have been wanting to try for a while...making a wreath from growing plants! I have even been eyeing several versions online. Some used succulents but I wanted something with more blooms. And a few used impatiens...lovely, but my yard is not shady enough. Then I was wandering around the nursery and had an epiphany!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT How to Make a Living Wreath suppliesWhy not use portulaca (moss rose)? It's a nice sort of cross between a succulent and a pretty flowering annual and it can tolerate my warm, sunny yard! You should know that portulaca's blooms only last one day so each morning there will be a fresh new wreath to greet you!
Here's what you will need: 
  • Wire wreath form
  • Portulaca in various colors (I used 6 larger plants although you could also use a tray of starter plants just as easily.)
  • Package of moss (Mine came from Michaels and was 410 cubic inches)
  • Florist wire
  • Greening pins (also called floral pins)...not pictured
  • Bucket

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT How to Make a Living Wreath tutorialAnd here's what you will do:
  1. Remove the moss from the package and soak it in a bucket of water for about five minutes. Then layer it on around the wreath frame.
  2. Take the plants from the pots and remove about 1/3 of the root ball. Using your hands, carefully pry the root ball open so that it is relatively flat. (If you are using starter plants, you can skip this step.)
  3. Arrange the plants around the wreath form.
  4. Cover the root balls with the damp moss and secure with florist wire by wrapping it around and around the entire wreath, wrapping only the root balls and not the plants themselves. Finish by wrapping the ends of the wire around the wreath frame several times to secure it. Use the greening pins to secure any loose tendrils and encourage the plants to grow in the desired direction. Mine generally flows clockwise. I actually left mine lying flat for a few days before hanging it to give the plants a chance to adjust and grow properly.

And here it is! Simply hang it by the wreath form or add a loop of florist wire if you wish. I found that it is best to water it by removing it and letting it lie on the ground and then leave it there for a few minutes to let it drain. I will continue to add greening pins as needed to help it maintain its shape. Mine is hanging on the garden gate where it gets sun about half of the day.

And if you love succulents but would like a low maintenance wreath, try my POTTERY BARN INSPIRED FAUX SUCCULENT WREATH! No worries about watering or sun for this one! ;-)

And stay tuned because I seem to be a wreath-making maniac! I have yet another one to share...this one with a patriotic theme just in time for the 4th of July!

Remember to pin it!  

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  1. This is so pretty Debbie! I love the idea of a living wreath!! It's pinned!

  2. Perfect for my porch! Your watering technique is a good idea. Thanks for sharing!


  3. I've always loved portulacas! Also called Desert Roses, since they take the heat.


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