Create a Pumpkin Succulent Centerpiece

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We're excited to show you how to create fall centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table using a pumpkin and some succulents. When choosing your pumpkin, we’d recommend a Cinderella pumpkin which is short and flat and gives you a lot of surface area to place your plants. They come in a variety of great colors so you can choose the one that best fits your decor.

Supplies:

  • sphagnum moss
  • succulents
  • spray adhesive
  • tacky glue or hot glue
  • seed pods, dried flowers, etc (optional)
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  1. The first step is to add some sphagnum moss to the top of your pumpkin. This will create the base of your arrangement and give your plants something to root into. Use spray adhesive or whatever glue you have on hand to attach your moss to the top of the pumpkin. You’ll want it to be about an inch thick.
  2. Once that’s attached, you can start placing your succulent plants and cuttings. Start with the largest one and place it slightly off center. Note: If you purchase the little pots of succulents, be sure to separate all the plants and then remove all the dirt from the roots. Depending on the variety, you may be able to get 3-4 plants from each little pot.
  3. Add some tacky glue around the stem and place the roots directly into the moss. Hold it in place for a few seconds so it sticks.
  4. Keep building from the center out and vary the textures and colors of your succulents. You can also add seed pods and other types of moss to fill holes and add more interest. Keep adding succulents until you're happy with the arrangement.
  5. Lightly mist the moss with water once a week and give your plants plenty of bright light.
  6. Stick a small piece of cardboard under your pumpkin to absorb moisture and keep it from rotting too quickly.
  7. When your pumpkin does start to rot, slice the top off and drop the whole arrangement into a planter filled with soil. Add moss around the edges, as needed.

Have fun and show us your creations!

 

-Krystal Lamoureux