If you are looking to make or buy a succulent wreath, you may be interested to know how to take care of one. These tips will help answer your questions!
Since I’ve posted about my succulents wreaths I’ve had quite a few people ask me how to take care of a succulent wreath and how long they last. Today I’ll tell you what I know and what I’ve learned! I’ve said this before, but your environment makes a huge difference in how you take care of succulents but hopefully this will provide a good guide for you that you can adapt to wherever you live!
The beautiful thing about the succulent wreaths I’ve made is the base of the wreath is sphagnum moss. The moss naturally has air pockets in it so even though the moss is soaking wet, the stems of the succulents don’t rot from all the water. They have plenty of room to breathe. So, to water the wreath you simply soak the whole wreath in water for a few minutes. For the 13” wreath I made this took about 5 minutes. Use room temperature or slightly cold water, but not hot.
The frequency of watering will depend on where you live. Basically you’ll water the wreath once the sphagnum dries out. My wreath is on my front door which faces north. It gets some sun in the afternoon and the door gets pretty hot. The wreath tends to dry out about every 5 days, sometimes less depending on the weather, so I’ve been watering 1-2 times a week. Since Utah has a very dry climate I’m careful to give my plants enough water without drowning them. So far this has worked out pretty well. If you are in a more humid or cooler climate you will likely be able to water less, say every other week. Just keep an eye on it and water when it’s dry.
As with all succulents, you want to make sure your wreath gets enough light that the plants don’t stretch. Stretching succulents will make the wreath look overgrown really quickly. On the other hand, you don’t want to put them in direct sunlight, especially in the afternoon when it’s the hottest outside. While some fully rooted succulents can tolerate full sun, strong direct sunlight is the quickest way to destroy your wreath. If you want to see what that might look like, check out my post on sunburned succulents.
Most doors have some sort of shade over them from a porch or even just the roof. If your door faces south you may want to consider hanging the wreath elsewhere as south facing sun in the summer is pretty brutal. So far I haven’t noticed any stretching on my wreath which, again, is on my north facing door.
A succulent wreath will definitely last for a full summer and shouldn’t require too much trimming. You can keep your wreath for years to come but you will have to cut back the plants to keep it nicely trimmed. The tight composition of the wreath will eventually become overgrown, but if you chop off the heads new ones will grow! Plus, you could use the cuttings to create another wreath :). This is the first summer I’ve had my wreath, but I’m confident I’ll keep it for much longer.
If you are like me and your winter climate gets to freezing temperatures and below, you’ll need to bring your wreath in during the winter (check out what frost damaged succulents look like). Make sure it is in a room that has plenty of sunlight. If you notice stretching you can either wait until the end of the winter and cut the heads off then, or get a grow light for some extra help. In the winter months succulents grow very slowly and don’t require as much water. I’ve noticed mine still dry out about every other week (the heater is a dehumidifier) so I tend to water about every two weeks.
Hopefully that is helpful for those of you looking to make or buy a succulent wreath! If anyone has any additional tips they are willing to share, please feel free to comment below!