How To Make Your Own Succulent Wreath: Starting a new Moss Ball

Views: 3148, Replies: 10 » Jump to the end
How To Make Your Own Succulent Wreath

By goldfinch4
March 30, 2010

The directions for making a succulent wreath are very simple. The same method can be used for any topiary form using sedum or sempervivum. The directions below are for using semps and a wreath frame.

[View the item] Give a thumbs up

Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La. zone 8b (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Gulf Coast Region: Louisiana Region: United States of America Lilies
Roses Irises Garden Art Container Gardener Amaryllis Bulbs
Image
Debbie
Jun 10, 2011 8:04 AM CST
Hi Chris,
I am starting my Sphagnum moss hanging ball that I got last year at Topiary Art Works, again. Can you please look at my photo and tell me if it is still good? Any idea on how to fix the holes? Any idea on what made the holes?
Thanks so much.

By the way, do you still have the wreath above? How did it do?

This is what I want to do.
Thumb of 2011-06-10/Debbie/2559f6
This is my ball at present
Thumb of 2011-06-10/Debbie/ca53ed

Also I had purchased the Welcome planter with the coco moss lining. What kind of soil am I supposed to use in a coco liner? If I'm putting semps and succulents in it, do I just use the same mix that I use for my potted semps.
click on photo for a clearer image.
Thumb of 2011-06-10/Debbie/974114

Photos from Topiary Art Works. http://www.topiaryartworks.com/coprba.html
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
Image
goldfinch4
Jun 10, 2011 9:11 AM CST
Hi Debbie,

I had to take that wreath apart because none of those plants are hardy in my zone. I brought the plants inside for the winter, but the process of removing the plants destroyed the wreath form. Now I just use sempervivum and sedum so I can leave it outside year round.

From the looks of your ball, I think that a critter must have made that a cozy winter house - a mouse maybe? That's a pretty big hole to fix. I'd try to find some spaghnum moss to repair it. After you stuff the hole with the moss (stuff it so it's pretty solid) you can hold it in with nylon thread or fishing line. Not sure how long it will last though.

Never tried planting semps in something with a coco liner, but I'd think that the same mix you use for other pots of semps should work OK.

Good luck, and let us know how they turn out!

Chris

Cubits Store: The Sempervivum Patch - plants, containers, accessories!
Also stop by Timber Treasures and Garden Buddies on Cubits
Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La. zone 8b (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Gulf Coast Region: Louisiana Region: United States of America Lilies
Roses Irises Garden Art Container Gardener Amaryllis Bulbs
Image
Debbie
Jun 10, 2011 12:21 PM CST
Ok Chris, no semps in the Welcome Planter with coco liner. I'm going to do all I can this year to have all of them survive. I'm not taking any chances. I also sent a photo of the ball to Topiary Art Works to ask their opinion. I know you told me above, but please tell me again. Where can I get the sphagnum and do I have to buy a whole block like they have at Topiary AW?

I saw someone else on this cubit, that took two of the black wire baskets that are lined with coco, put them together to make a huge ball for semps and stuff. Then they filled it with soil. I'll go look it up.

Oh, and I hope it was a bird that made the hole and not a mouse.

Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
Image
goldfinch4
Jun 10, 2011 12:30 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing I hope it was a bird too. I'd look for spaghnum moss at a craft store like Hobby Lobby or Michaels. They'd have a much smaller quantity you could purchase. Or maybe Topiary AW would be willing to sell you just a small amount to repair it. Never hurts to ask.

I'm pretty sure that was Jacki that did the wire basket ball.
Cubits Store: The Sempervivum Patch - plants, containers, accessories!
Also stop by Timber Treasures and Garden Buddies on Cubits
Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La. zone 8b (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Gulf Coast Region: Louisiana Region: United States of America Lilies
Roses Irises Garden Art Container Gardener Amaryllis Bulbs
Image
Debbie
Jun 10, 2011 12:54 PM CST
Thanks so much Chris. I'll give them a little while longer to reply and then I'll just head out to Hobby Lobby to check it out.
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
Charter ATP Member Sedums Sempervivums Region: Canadian Garden Art Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Cactus and Succulents Butterflies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Xeriscape Garden Ideas: Level 1
Image
BlueFox
Jun 21, 2011 11:38 AM CST
Hey Debbie, that was me that did the two baskets together - they work great, and the Lee Valley ones I got had fitted liners of coco fibre (formed to the shape of the basket).

Thumb of 2011-06-21/BlueFox/480228

Edited to add the link:

http://cubits.org/sedumandsempervivum/thread/view/28319/
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
Image
valleylynn
Jun 21, 2011 12:20 PM CST
That is so cool Jacki. Lovey dubby
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
Image
goldfinch4
Jun 21, 2011 12:38 PM CST
Is that an updated picture of it from this year Jacki? It really is cool!
Cubits Store: The Sempervivum Patch - plants, containers, accessories!
Also stop by Timber Treasures and Garden Buddies on Cubits
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
Charter ATP Member Sedums Sempervivums Region: Canadian Garden Art Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Cactus and Succulents Butterflies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Xeriscape Garden Ideas: Level 1
Image
BlueFox
Jun 21, 2011 3:20 PM CST
It's finally starting to look like something. I overwintered it in a corner, so nothing special was done to it - I'm so mean! I lost a few, so luckily, there are some that are getting established and making chicks. It's so hard to punch through the coco fiber to make holes, so I'm glad the chicks are just rooting through it.
Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La. zone 8b (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Gulf Coast Region: Louisiana Region: United States of America Lilies
Roses Irises Garden Art Container Gardener Amaryllis Bulbs
Image
Debbie
Jun 21, 2011 5:11 PM CST
Thanks so much Jacki and thanks for the link. It's looking good. I just took a loritab for my toothache, so I didn't go back and read the thread. But, I'll ask again here. When I buy the individual baskets, they are already lined with moss. After I join them, do I need to put soil inside of the whole thing. And if so, how do I? Do I just cut a hole at the top and pour it in?
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
Charter ATP Member Sedums Sempervivums Region: Canadian Garden Art Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Cactus and Succulents Butterflies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Xeriscape Garden Ideas: Level 1
Image
BlueFox
Jun 22, 2011 4:20 PM CST
Debbie, I just fill each basket separately, then put a piece of plywood over one of them, tip the two together and then wire the two together. I do have a round ball all welded, but it's a pain to fill. I eventually lined it with burlap and filled it from the top. I'm going to take that one apart and use the panty hose method.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« How To Make Your Own Succulent Wreath
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by Baja_Costero and is called "Agave"