When I need a quick hostess gift, thank-you present, or an arrangement for a special friend, I create a bouquet of succulent rosettes.
I select a glass container (jar, thrift-store vase, or clear bottle), which determines the size of the arrangement. Then I head into the garden with clippers. I cut a dozen or so succulent rosettes, and in 2 or 3 minutes per cutting, they’re wired onto stems and ready to be arranged.
Echeverias, graptosedums, crassulas and kalanchoes lend themselves beautifully to bouquets because of their colorful leaves and rosette shapes. They’re easy to attach to faux stems, need no water (because they live off moisture in their leaves), look good for a long time, and can later be planted as cuttings.
Videos I’ve made showing this technique:
Btw, if you’d like a professionally made succulent bouquet sent to the recipient, San Diego floral designer MariaLuisa Kaprielian (in my Bridal Bouquet video, above) ships nationwide. MariaLuisa’s online floral shop is Urban Succulents. You’ll love her site’s gallery. Also follow her on Instagram @urban_succulents, where she posts her latest designs.
FYI…one of seven sessions of my Craftsy class, Stunning Succulent Arrangements, is Make a Succulent Bouquet. Use this link to take the entire class (all seven lessons) at 50% of the regular enrollment price—$20 instead of $40.
For a SPECIAL OCCASION succulent bouquet, see my book, Succulents Simplified, pages 162-169.
Now head on over to my website to see a dozen different bouquets I’ve made. You’ll enjoy the backstory for each, and find out how to make them, too!
from Gardening Gone Wild http://gardeninggonewild.com/?p=31198