Plant a Pumpkin
Plant a Pumpkin
Fill a pumpkin with succulents or traditional fall plants!
Planted pumpkins make great fall decorations for your table or windowsill, and for outdoor displays. For indoor decor, use small pumpkins and succulents. For porch or patio decorations, use some of the frost-tolerant plants we have outdoors at the front of the store. Here are the instructions for planting pumpkins.
- Get your supplies: a pumpkin, at least 5 small succulents for a smaller pumpkin, and enough plants for a large one to fill and spill over the top. For smaller pumpkins you won’t need soil since there will be plenty of soil in the pots of the plants. If you’re planting a large pumpkin you’ll need to put some potting soil inside. Moss is a good thing for filling in gaps and finishing the piece, and we have several types of moss inside the store.
2. Cut the top off of the pumpkin. No need to remove the fiber and seeds! You can put the tops in the compost.
3. Fit the plants into the opening at the top of the pumpkin one at a time. You might have to knock some of the soil off of the roots but that’s not a problem. Occasionally a leaf might break off of your succulent – know that you can put the end of that leaf into a pot of clean potting soil and it will root and grow into a new, small succulent!
4. Once you have all the plants poked in, water them a little bit – a 1/4 cup of water at most – to settle the roots. Wipe any dirt off the pumpkin.
5. Do not overwater! The moisture in the pumpkin itself will keep these plants happy for several weeks. Once the pumpkin starts to soften, you can either tip the entire arrangement out and place it in a clay flower pot, or separate the plants and pot each one in a small container individually. If you need more potting soil, use a cactus mix.
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