A Natural Fit-Pumpkins & Succulents
I have seen pumpkins decorated with succulents all over Pinterest and Facebook and decided to give it a try because they are so different. Supposedly, the pumpkins can last for months, and the succulents actually root in the moss if taken care of properly. This is a great new twist on decorating pumpkins that is easy, no mess!, and so creative.
- A pumpkin or large gourd
- Sheet moss or sphagnum moss
- Assorted cuttings of succulents. I was moving most of my succulents indoors to beat the frost, and this gave me the opportunity to trim the growth back. I simply nipped pieces of succulent tips from living plants, trying to vary colors, shapes, and textures.
- Assorted pods, i.e. pine cones, okra pods, lotus pods, milk weed pods, and berries. For my example, I used nandina berries and foliage which dries quite nicely, and okra pods.
- Tacky glue or glue gun
- Spritzer for moistening moss
Step By Step
- Find a wide topped pumpkin and cut the stem off; I used “Cinderella” variety which has a grayish orange color, deep pleats, and a wide roomy top. I think a white or green pumpkin would look fabulous. Also, gourds would be funky too!
- Glue moss on top about 1/2 inch thick with a glue gun or tacky glue.
- Arrange your succulent cuttings to form a pleasing arranging, making sure that you use the larger chunkier pieces first. Stick the stems into the moss with glue so that they adhere.
- Add berries, pods, or anything else that goes with the fall theme, gluing in place.
- Spritz the moss so that it is moist.
It is best to keep the pumpkin outside in the chilly weather when you don’t want to show it off. I keep the decorated pumpkin out during the week on my front porch under cover, and bring it in on the weekends when we are around the house more. Pumpkins need cold weather to stay firm through the season. A warm house will speed up the inevitable decomposition and I want mine to last through Thanksgiving. I was so happy with the results of my first try, that I am going to the farmer’s market to pick up some large gourds and different colored pumpkins and make an assortment!