Canada Day Succulent bouquet (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Give a Festive Bouquet of Rosette Succulents

With the Fourth of July and Canada Day coming up, why not make your party host a festive bouquet of rosette succulents?

Why Canada Day

I recently spoke via Zoom to a horticultural society in Burlington, Ontario, and wanted to show them a fun, timely succulent project that's doable with only a dozen cuttings. Previously I had made one for the Fourth of July. Above: Canada Day (July 1) colors are red and white.

Why succulent rosettes

It's unusual, decorative, festive, shows you care (because you made it yourself), and is a gift that keeps giving. Succulent rosettes wired onto faux stems live off moisture in their leaves, so they last a long time. The recipient can remove the cuttings and plant them. After a few weeks, their bases may even grow aerial roots.

Bouquet of succulent rosettes (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Bouquet of succulent rosettes from my online "Stunning Succulent Arrangements" class

Why colored sand

You certainly don't have to use it, but it looks festive in a glass container, anchors and conceals wire stems, and is a conversation-starter: "Hey, those aren't flowers. They're not even in water!"

Palette of Colored Sand (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

I keep a palette of colored sand handy as ballast for succulent bouquets


6 to 12 succulent rosettes, with stems about 1/2-in. long, each about the diameter of a pencil

Floral wire: 22-gauge, one 18-in piece per cutting.

Wire cutter

Stretchy green floral tape

Glass jar or vase filled with sand, pebbles or crushed tumbled glass for ballast

Art sand in assorted colors


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  1. Carol Hawkins on June 28, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    So creative and beautiful! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Debra Lee Baldwin on June 28, 2021 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you, Carol! I know you’ll love it. ;+)

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