With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought I’d share a ‘living’ heart project with you. Okay, I know that it doesn’t really look like a heart, but rather like an upside down tear drop. But I did plant the succulents in a heart shaped baking pan. I’ve wanted to put together this hanging succulent heart for quite awhile now, but very few places near me carry succulents. The succulents in this project came from 3 different local sources. Some of them look pretty sad, but they were the ones still alive. At least there is some variety of color going on.
The supplies I used are a heart shaped baking pan, cheap landscape fabric, chicken wire, cactus soil, and sphagnum moss.
I’ve had this heart shaped baking pan for years, but only used it once. Why I’ve kept it, I don’t know. I’m glad I did, though, because it’s now put to good use. First I drilled drainage holes, then I cut a piece of landscape fabric to cover the holes. I don’t want soil leaking out when I water it. The hole at the top of the pan is where I’ll thread a piece of cord through to hang it up.
After filling the pan with a layer of cactus soil, I placed sphagnum moss on top. Succulents can grow in sphagnum moss, plus it soaks up excess water keeping the succulents from getting too much. The moss will also enhance the nourishment of the soil. I soak my moss in water to make handling it much easier, but it’s not necessary.
Next I placed the chicken wire on top. Because the gauge of my wire is so large, I ended up placing a second piece on top of it. I wanted smaller gaps between the wires. Bend the wire under the lip of the pan to hold it in place.
I kept all the roots attached to my succulents by gently messaging them to get as much of the dirt off as I could.
Using the end of a paint brush, I poked a hole through the moss and tucked the plant in. I pushed the roots down into it and applied pressure to the dirt and moss around it.
For a couple of weeks I’m going to leave it laying flat until the roots have had a chance to bind themselves to the dirt and moss. Then I’ll hang it up. When it needs watering, I’ll take it down.
When I think of the lack of succulent sources, I think it turned out pretty darn cute. I hope this hanging succulent heart was inspiring for you!