How to Make a Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece
By Lisa Hallett Taylor
A pumpkin topped with succulents makes for a beautiful, one-of-a-kind centerpiece that features rich colors and textures.
Unlike a scooped-out pumpkin planter (which is great for plants other than succulents) this type of autumn centerpiece has the potential to last several months. The succulents should sprout roots and later can be potted into containers or in the garden.
Follow our easy-to-understand instructions with photos for a gorgeous pumpkin masterpiece!
Gather necessary supplies and tools before starting your pumpkin centerpiece project. The following list includes the basics; you may want to add extras, like small fall or Halloween decorations.
■ Pumpkin: Any shape will do, but flat-topped varieties like fairytale or Cinderellas are ideal for this project.
■ Glue: Hot glue gun, craft glue, or floral glue
■ Sphagnum moss
■ Scissors or gardening snips
■ Succulents or succulent clippings in assorted shapes, sizes, and colors
■ Spray bottle of water/mister
■ Chopsticks (optional) to press succulents onto moss and pumpkin
After clipping succulents, let the stems dry out or callus over. Why? Since they will be planted in medium (including moss), they can absorb moisture too quickly if they haven't formed a callus, which could cause them to rot and eventually die. I just pulled the succulents out of the dirt, and cut back some of the roots. Clean off as much as the dirt as you can is another way of doing this.
Wait for the glue gun to heat up, then apply glue in a random pattern to the top of the pumpkin. If using regular craft glue, apply in the same manner.
Stretch out moss and apply it to the top of the pumpkin, covering the surface to create a bed upon which the succulents can be attached. Add more for bare spots. Make sure that the glue is still hot but that you don't burn your fingers as you press down the moss.
Using the glue gun, dab the stem of a succulent, being careful not to touch your fingers. Press the succulent onto the moss and hold it for several seconds, allowing the glue to set.
An easy way to approach your pumpkin design: larger and taller items look best clustered in the center. It's also practical: the pumpkin can hold the weight of heavier or larger succulents in the middle. Arrange items and move them around until you get just the right look.
Larger and heavier succulents should be attached to the center of the pumpkin, where the stem was or still is. Picture a floral centerpiece: taller flowers are in the center, with smaller, lighter ones on the edges or sides.
Continue to add succulents from the center to the outer edges of the pumpkin, hot-gluing stems to the moss.
Make sure you have plenty of succulent clippings to fill in spaces as the arrangement takes shape. You can always replant any extras.
While some designers like a contrast in colors between the pumpkin and succulents, consider matching greens with greens, oranges with oranges, etc. It helps tie together the arrangement.
Don't ignore those pimply- and warty-looking pumpkins when looking for the perfect centerpiece specimen. The textures and colors of these pumpkins echo those of succulents, and vice versa. This greyish-green succulent matches the bumpy texture of this pimpled pumpkin.
If you have any trailing or cascading succulents—referred to in container gardening as spillers—attach them securely to the moss, underneath other succulents, and allow to fall down the sides of the pumpkin.
Tuck smaller succulents on the outer edges of the pumpkin top, securing with glue and pressing to adhere.
Depending on your climate and where you display the succulent pumpkin (indoors or out), it should be sprayed with a water mister every few days or so, aiming at the moss to keep it moist but not soaked.
Three different sizes, colors, and types of pumpkins with succulents are ready to grace a fall table, buffet, porch, or wherever you want to show them off! If it is misted, and not exposed to intense heat or cold, your centerpiece has the potential to last for a few months.
taken from https://www.thespruce.com/make-succulent-pumpkin-centerpiece-
till next time this is Becky Litterer, Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa