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.
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!"
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.
Glass jar or vase filled with sand, pebbles or crushed tumbled glass for ballast
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So creative and beautiful! Can’t wait to try it!
Thank you, Carol! I know you’ll love it. ;+)