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Take cuttings of succulents a day or two prior to creating your wreath. Cut stem sections 1 to 2 inches long, removing lower leaves. Allow cuttings to sit overnight on a tray to let the cut ends callus (form a thin layer of cells).
Place a cutting into each hole. It's not necessary to dip cuttings in rooting hormone -- succulents root easily when the moss is kept moist. After planting, you'll see some moss between cuttings; as succulents grow, they'll hide the moss.
Insert pins, such as crafts clips or floral pins (available from a florist), to hold cuttings in place. This is especially important for wreaths that will hang. Cuttings will root along their stems, but until they do, the pins will keep them secure.
Test Garden Tip: After planting, keep the wreath out of direct sunlight for a week. Gradually increase light levels to full exposure. In the hottest Zones, protect plants from midday sun. Indoors, set your succulent wreath in a south-facing window, greenhouse, or garden room.
Hang your wreath using galvanized hardware to prevent rust. If you'll be displaying your wreath on a wooden surface, such as a door, consider covering the back of the wreath with plastic attached with crafts pins to protect the wood from moisture.
Test Garden Tip: Water your wreath when it feels dry -- every three to 10 weeks, depending on temperature and lighting. Soak the wreath in a container of water for at least one hour. Avoid misting or surface-spraying your wreath; this encourages shallow rooting, which weakens plants.
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