Create a Pumpkin Succulent Planter!
These should last a few months as long as they are misted twice a week with regular tap water and kept in a cool spot. They would do well with a dose of daily morning sun, too! Enjoy this tutorial and get your pumpkins now before they are all gone from the stores and pumpkin patches!
Large Fairytale Pumpkin — The flat top is easy to work with in this type of design. Tall narrow pumpkins will offer more of a challenge for the first-timer. (Pumpkin Beer is optional!)
Craft Glue — Use the spray glue to attach the moss to the pumpkin and the tacky glue to attach the succulents to the moss. We purchased these glues at Michael’s Craft store.
Sphagnum Moss — When working with this, it’s best to wear latex or nitrile disposable gloves. This moss has sometimes been linked to a long-term skin infection caused by a fungus found in the moss.
Cutters and Scissors — Cutters for the succulent plants and scissors to trim moss.
Tray of Assorted Succulent Plants — Two-inch pots are good candidates for this design as well as cuttings from larger plants like jade and aeonium. Also, be sure to have some trailing type of succulent like sedum or burro’s tail.
Steps to Make a Pumpkin Succulent Planter
Step 1: Attach Moss — Spray the glue onto the pumpkin top and attach the moss. Press down the moss to attach firmly.
Step 2: Trim Moss — Trim moss to make it neat and tidy. Your goal will be to cover all the moss with succulents, so you don’t want any stray strands.
Step 3: Attach Glue to Succulent — Use the gel tacky craft glue to attach the succulent to the moss. Just do one succulent at a time. Glue then place…glue then place. NOTE: The succulents will attract water from their leaves and send out roots to the moss from the other parts of their stems. It’s okay to cover the bottom of the stem with the glue.
Step 4: Build Design — Start at almost center with larger cuttings and work your way out to the edges using smaller plants and cuttings as you go. The glue will take about 30 minutes to dry, so keep that in mind as you are working. Also, don’t try to do this outside on too cold of a day or the glue won’t set quickly.
Step 5: Add some Spilling Succulents to Add Interest — Add some trailing succulents to add interest to your design. Sedum is a good option.
Step 6: Fill in any Moss with Small Succulents or Leaves — Make sure the succulents are well-packed within the design. In about a week, the plants will start to shrink a bit so you want all the holes well covered before this happens. Use smaller stems of succulents or the leaves of succulent plants to fill holes.
Pumpkin Succulent Planter Care Tips
- Mist twice weekly with plain tap water. Don’t overwater…pooling water on top of the pumpkin will cause it to decompose.
- For best results, keep outside in a cool spot and give it a healthy dose morning sunlight to keep plants healthy looking.
- Place pumpkin on a trivet if outside (will decompose if sitting right on top of concrete) or on a plate or platter inside to prevent any staining if you are using for a centerpiece.
- When the arrangement has faded or you are ready to start decorating with a more winter theme, don’t throw the succulents away. Instead carefully remove them from the pumpkin moss, remove any dead leaves and plant in some light cactus mix. Any roots that have shot out will grab onto the cactus mix and the succulents should grow. Even single leaves will root and send out little offshoots that will become mature plants.
Here are a few little ones I did using the mini white and mini zebra pumpkins. I used just the tips of some small succulent blooms to make these. The Zebra pumpkin is about 4.5 inches tall by 5 inches wide and the white pumpkin is 4 inches tall by 4 inches wide. These little ones make great gifts.
This is a repost from a blog: Flower Duet. Written by Kit WertzDesign by Flower Duet. Photo by: Kit Wertz