Wreaths (traditional and heart-shaped), heart-shaped cushions and spheres:
Completely submerge in water for ten minutes every ten days. 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 structure well to ease the removal of the plants.
2. Carefully pull each plant out (roots and all) and cut the stem to the required length, discarding the roots.
3. Use a screwdriver to make a hole in the structure and gently push your new cutting into the hole.
4. 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 watering.
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.