How to Make a Living Wreath

Coaxing plants to grow indoors during winter is a weather-defying pleasure that soothes the soul, breathes life into rooms, and turns home into haven.

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Humble houseplants form a simple wreath that will live as happily indoors for the winter near a sunny window as it will outdoors in a shaded spot come spring. Take the wreath to the kitchen sink once a week for a thorough watering.

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What You Need

  • 18 polkadot plants (Hypoestes phyllostachya)
  • Jute liner
  • 16-inch diameter living wreath
  • Potting mix
  • Preserved moss

Step 1: Prep Plants and Wreath Form

Round up materials, including 4-inch (or smaller) pots of polka-dot plant varieties in white and pink hues. Water the plants the day before assembling the wreath. Press the liner into the wire wreath form.

Step 2: Unpot the Plants

Unpot the plants, loosening and removing extra soil and tightly coiled roots. While you're loosening the soil, handle the plant's root system carefully in an effort to maintain as much of the root system as possible.

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Step 3: Arrange Plants in Wreath Form

Begin fitting plants around the wreath's perimeter, tucking the root balls through openings cut in the liner. Fill wreath form with 1-2 inches of potting mix.

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Step 4: Finish Planting Wreath

Plant one-third of the wreath's front. Leave growing room between the root balls, depending on the number of plants and their size. Cover the root balls with potting mix.

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Step 5: Add the Plant Liner

Plant the second and third portions of the wreath in the same manner. Secure the potting mix by adding a front liner. Cut a 2-inch slit in the jute liner, then gently guide a plant through. Repeat for each plant. Fill any bare spots with bits of preserved moss.

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Step 6: Secure Top Wreath Form

Slide the top of the wreath form in place, guiding plants through the openings, and hook it on the base. 

Editor's Tip: The top wreath form is essential to ensuring your live wreath's plants stay in place. Make sure hooks are secured properly to the base before hanging on wall. To water the plants, simply remove the wreath from the wall and water once a week. Let dry before hanging back on wall. You can also lightly mist the wreath in between waterings to keep it looking fresh.

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