Wreaths (traditional and heart-shaped), heart-shaped cushions and spheres:
To water: completely submerge in basin or big enough bowl for a few minutes until all the bubbles have gone (air has escaped). Do this weekly for 3 weeks to make sure your succulent creation has settled. If your sphere is too big/heavy to submerge in water, use a garden hose and gently water from the top. Catch the run-off in a bucket and re-use the water.
After a few months, (this varies from 2 to 4 months, depending on where they are displayed) the plants in your structure would have grown significantly. While some prefer the “fuller” look, others may want to trim some or all of the plants to retain the original form. To do this:
1. Water the creation well to ease the process.
2. While wreaths only require to be wet when worked with, spheres are easier to prune when they float in water.
3. Identify the plant that has grown too tall (stem needs to be at least 2 cm long), and cut the stem off against the coir surface of the sphere or wreath.
4. Use a screwdriver to open up the existing hole or make a new hole in the structure and gently plant the cutting back into the structure.
5. Your succulents will develop new roots and settle back into the structure.
Alternatively, you can plant the succulents into containers or in the garden. Ensure that the soil drains well and that the container has drainage holes. Although succulents do not like “wet feet,” and can survive for long periods without water, they do need some water to thrive. A good rule of thumb is to allow your succulents to dry out completely between waterings.
Snails and boxes (centre pieces):
Gently pour water into the shell/box about once a week. Do this only when the soil has completely dried out. When the plants get too big, replant into a bigger container or in the garden.