Sphagnum Moss & Wreath Making

cgm707August 28, 2011

I saw some instructions for creating a succulent wreath. The instructions say to wet sphagnum moss for 15 minutes, then put it into the wreath frame, squeezing the moss, and wrapping the frame with something like fish line or some other kind of thin wire or string.

The moss is supposed to hold together, and the succulents are inserted into the moss. However, the moss doesn't hold together! It just crumbles as it dries.

Does anyone have some insight on this? Thanks in advance!


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I don't use spagnum moss when I make wreaths and wire topiaries; instead I get sheet moss from the local hobby store (or you can get it in the craft dept of most bog box stores). It doesn't fall apart like spagnum. It comes in a bag for two or three dollars.


    Bookmark   August 29, 2011 at 9:40AM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

Sheet moss is definitely easier to use and that's what I use most of the time.

If it says peat on the sphagnum moss bag then it's the wrong type and won't hold together. You need just sphagnum moss without the 'peat.'

I've found using plastic grid fencing that comes in rolls helps hold sphagnum moss in hanging baskets. I also use landscape fabric to line baskets so the soil stays in better. It's more work to cut the holes, but your efforts will last a lot longer so it's worth it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Plastic grid fencing

    Bookmark   August 29, 2011 at 1:50PM
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