Tutorial to Make Pumpkins for Succulent

Even under the San Diego sun, the arrival of autumn is synonymous with pumpkin! Pumpkin Chai latte from Starbucks, delicious pumpkin ravioli from Trader Joe’s and of course delicious live pumpkins! These make wonderful gifts and a dazzling backdrop for Thanksgiving. When the pumpkins finally fade, you can always grow plants and succulents! I have already shown you my juicy pumpkins without glue. But this only works for full size pumpkins. And you can definitely carve the pumpkin and plant your succulents indoors. It’s a fun approach, but it doesn’t last long. The pumpkin will begin to disintegrate as soon as you cut it. Today I will show you how to make classic pumpkins, durable and juicy.

How to make Juicy Pumpkins!

  • Juicy pumpkins to make yourself
  • To make your juicy mini pumpkins garnished, you will need:
  • Mini Pumpkins
  • Natural foam (I love this!)
  • Sharp scissors (this is my favorite)
  • Hot glue gun (yes, really. But it does not hurt the plants-I promise!)
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Juicy! (Small plants or cuttings)

When choosing your pumpkins, carefully inspect them. Do not choose them with soft spots or gouges — they will not last so long. You want a fresh, flawless pumpkin. For my succulents, I was thrilled to receive these beautiful bare root Sempervivum grapes from the Mountain Crest Gardens. The quality is exceptional ! These sempervivums are a perfect choice for this project. They are exquisite rosettes with a rich burgundy color. They form a wonderful focal point for any arrangement. And in a few months, when the pumpkins are ready, you can plant them in almost any climate to thrive outdoors, all year round.

I made the sempervivum rosette the centerpiece of each of my pumpkin arrangements and selected burgundy cuttings from my garden to fill each arrangement. I used cuttings of Crassula ovata, flower stalks of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, Sedum rubrotinctum ‘Aurora’ and Portulacaria Afra ‘Variegata’ for a bright and pleasant contrast.

Juicy pumpkins-glue the foam

Pull a little from your peat moss and separate it. The moss provides a medium in which your succulent cuttings can take root. The thin strands of moss collect the water when you spray them and release it into the succulents when they take root. It’s the secret that your juicy pumpkin will remain lush and full for months. I use a high quality long strand peat moss for most of my projects with succulents. I like the quality of this foam.

Take the amount of foam you want to use and shake it a little. You want all the small pieces that come out to be far from your pumpkin. Now wipe off the dust or dirt from your pumpkin. Apply hot glue to the pumpkin and push the foam up. Be careful not to burn your fingers! Even on low heat, it’s not fun.

Play With the arrangement of your juicy Pumpkin

The difference between another pumpkin with a bunch of succulents on top and a pumpkin that looks really special is in the care that the planting material provides. Even if it is so small, you want to use the basic elements of a good floral design for a pleasant arrangement. Choose a main plant to be the focal point and work the rest of your plants around it. Even if you stick cuttings on the top, arrange your succulents so that they look like they are growing together. I play with the positioning of my succulents before I even reach the glue. And make sure you rotate your pumpkin while you work. You want it to be beautiful from all sides. Take your time with this step. Most importantly – have fun with it!

Apply hot glue for Juicy pumpkins

I know you have to worry about the effects of hot glue on succulents, right? I confess-I was too, once upon a time. But all the experts repeatedly said that it did not bother the plants. Even more-they insisted that the cuttings would take root through the glue and live cheerfully. As hard as it is to believe, this is exactly what is happening. The very thick skin of the succulents has evolved to avoid the loss of their precious water reserves, which seems completely impermeable to hot glue. Apply enough glue to really anchor your pole in place. If you need to add glue to the leaves themselves, go ahead.You want the cuttings to stay in place. In the end, if you need to remove the cooled glue from your cup to put it back on, you will notice that the glue does not leave marks on the plant.

While you’re gluing each succulent in place, take a moment to review your design. Rotate the pumpkin to add new cuttings from different directions to give it a complete and beautiful appearance from all sides.

Care For juicy pumpkins Garnished

I really love this project. And you?

I keep my juicy pumpkins outside most of the time, but only because we don’t have hard frosts. Provide bright and indirect light, protect tender succulents from frost. Sterilize succulents and moss with water every day or at least every other day. Succulent cuttings begin to take root in the moss and these roots absorb the moisture stored in the moss to support the plants. Over time, you may want a trail of moss to cover the developing roots. To keep the pumpkin as long as possible, put it on a piece of corrugated paper. You can cut the cardboard to fit it and not be seen. Since it has never been cut, your pumpkin will probably last several months. When the pumpkin finally softens, remove the succulents and plant them! They will continue to grow for you.

If you need a way to justify adding these little charming packages to your life, make wonderful hostess gifts. And think about it – wouldn’t these do a spectacular favor on Thanksgiving? Imagine the table with a juicy pumpkin in each place. After dinner, your guests could take their pumpkins home. Then, in a few months, once the pumpkin is ready, you could plant the succulents and let them grow in the New Year!

Although I personally prefer pumpkins with white or tiger stripes, oranges are also damn sweet! What better way to celebrate the return of autumn?

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