We have attached a copy of our Living Wreath making instructions at the bottom of this page as a courtesy to you. Please scroll down to view. These instructions give you an idea of how to make a living wreath. Feel free to copy the instructions. We are using our Living Wreath Rings as an example.
Making a Living Wreath Instructions
Following are the items needed to make your own Living Wreath:
**14 or 20 inch living wreath form with lid
**sphagnum moss or sphagnum moss cloth
**ferning or greening pins
** approximately 3 lbs of potting soil for the 14 inch form
**approximately 5 lbs of potting soil for the 20 inch form
**small flowering plants, succulents or herbs (cuttings)
Find a work area (preferably outside) to start your project. A picnic table covered with plastic or a potting shed work bench work best.
Wear protective gloves and a long sleeve shirt. Sphagnum moss has a natural bacteria that can be harsh on the skin. Our sphagnum moss cloth is preserved and dyed green. Bacteria is not a factor when using this product.
Begin by removing the lid from the living wreath form. Simply pull back on the form and the hooks on the lid should slide off easily.
Line the wreath form with a layer of sphagnum moss or with sphagnum moss cloth. Some people soak the moss in a bucket of water first but we find that it is not necessary and do not recommend this method if using the moss cloth. If using the moss cloth, insure that the net side of the cloth is facing you and that the moss side shows on the outside of the wreath form. There are several methods for lining the wreath form. Most people will cut the cloth into strips, insuring enough cloth is left hanging over each side to be able to cover the soil once inserted. You can also line the form with the entire roll of cloth and trim to suit your needs.
Fill the moss lined wreath form with potting soil. Mound the soil higher in the middle of form and let the soil slope down to the sides.
Cover the mounded soil with moss or the moss cloth and secure this cover on the sides by using ferning pins. Attach the ferning pins so the moss covering the mound of soil can not slide off.
Place your plants, succulents or herbs on the moss covered mound of soil to determine how you want your wreath to look.
Once you have determined the look of your living wreath, take a knife and carefully make a cut in the moss so you may plant your cuttings. Because the newly planted cuttings will need time to root, it is recommended to use ferning pins to help secure the cuttings into the moss and soil.
Continue the above process until you have planted all you cuttings.
Carefully reattach the lid to the base of the living wreath form, using caution not to injure any of the cuttings you planted.
Water the living wreath extremely well during the first week. A good indication that the wreath is well watered is when the sphagnum moss is moist and not dry.
Your wreath can be displayed on a door or used as a centerpiece. Daily or every other day watering may be required depending on the cuttings used.
Regular pruning of your wreath will be required as the plants begin to grow.