Wow your friends and family this autumn with a succulent pumpkin centerpiece. This unique combination of color and texture works surprisingly well, and can lend your table an instant, rustic feel. You can reuse the succulents once the season is over. Real pumpkins will give you an organic look, but you can also use artificial ones to make a planter for your succulents, as well. Small succulents can be purchased at local garden centers and nurseries.
- Leave the stem of the pumpkin on or remove it with garden pruners.
- Glue moss on top of your pumpkin. The key to a long lasting pumpkin succulent is to not carve out the inside of the pumpkin. The succulents will develop new roots with the help of the moss.
- Place tacky gel glue on top of the pumpkin in a circular motion.
- Apply sphagnum moss or any green moss on top of the tacky gel glue approximately ¼-½” thick.
- Remove the succulents from the nursery containers.
- Cut the succulents and remove the roots and soil, leaving ¼” stem.
- Select a large succulent for the main focal point and place just slightly off center on the pumpkin and adhere with the tack gel glue.
- Add the remaining succulents using groups of three. Succulents placed close to the edge of the pumpkin should be adhered with hot glue.
- Other embellishments can be added with hot glue.
How to Care for Your Succulent Pumpkin
- Water the arrangement after one week after you have created it, then weekly.
- Wipe off any moisture collected from the bottom of pumpkin. Best to place a trivet for good air circulation.
- Keep indoors for 1-2 weeks at a time depending on weather conditions.
- Best in a covered patio or indoors with a bright light.