Follow Laura's simple DIY and your succulent pumpkin will last months. It'll rot sooner if pierced or cut, so avoid doing that. At any time, you can remove the succulents and plant them in a pot or the ground.
Laura pioneered the concept in 2011. It caught on immediately, becoming as popular for fall decor as wreaths are for the holidays. After several years of making pumpkins for sale, Laura went on to specialize in succulent landscapes.
So simple! Basically, Laura coats the top of the pumpkin with spray glue, adds dry moss, then hot-glues succulent cuttings and seed pods to the moss. Incredibly, hot glue doesn't harm the succulents, which eventually root through the dried glue into the moss.
Caring for Your Pumpculent
- Place in a cool, dry location atop a trivet or piece of cardboard for air circulation.
- Provide bright light so cuttings keep their color and don't stretch.
- Spritz with water once or twice a week to moisten the moss, but not so much that water pools.
- Protect from frost.
Borrow these examples for your own succulent pumpkins. Over half are by the master: Laura Eubanks herself. I like them all, but my least favorite are orange. IMHO, pumpkins in other colors, or with bumps, stripes, blotches or dots, tend to inspire more interesting designs.
I'll post more pumpkin photos as I run across interesting, eye-catching and innovative ones. Be sure to check back! -- Debra
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