The Christmas Succulent Succulent Tree

It’s almost Christmas. My poinsettias are looking a little worn down and my amaryllis have yet to send up a stalk. So, Saturday I was looking for something else on the web and succulent ornaments popped up. For some reason, that grabbed my attention.

I have two 5-6 foot pencil cacti that come in for the winter. One of them is my regular ornament and lights tree. My cats do not mess with those. I’ve used them as Christmas Trees for years now. I think they like the lights. They are succulents and a close relative of the poinsettias. My second cactus is not near a plug, so it’s been bare. But, it hits me that I could hang succulent ornaments on it.

I spent the morning shopping for succulents and moss. Home Depot had several colors of twine. I was set. I came home and made the kokedama (moss balls) and dipped them in algae water. Then an ornament hook, and my succulent became a succulent tree.

Today, I decided I needed a few more succulents. It occurs to me that I could make a star out of a larger moss ball. So, off to the store for supplies.

The star was a challenge to make. I’m a little worried it won’t last, as the cuttings need to root and the moss will be damp for a few days. It was also too heavy to set on the tree, so its suspended from the ceiling.

Anyway, I’ll probably need to add a plant light to that area. I’ll leave the babies up year-round. I imagine they will love my porch in the summer.

I wonder if the project is sustainable? It seems like the succulents ornaments may need to be enlarged if the succulents grow. They are not rolling stones.

And so it is, the first year of the succulent succulent tree.

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