Monday, November 14, 2011

Look what I made!

This pumpkin is ALIVE!

I was inspired by a post of Debra Lee Baldwin on these beautiful decorated succulent pumpkins!  Laura Eubanks at Design4Serenity.com is designing and putting together these wonderful living pumpkins.  She is an award winning succulent designer from Southern California.  She is making these beautiful pumpkins for people in her area to buy.  It would really be impossible for these to be shipped.  She is an excellent designer and even has Christmas ones ready for the holidays!


Another decorated pumpkin!

This is pumpkin number two.  To take care of these all you have to do is spritz the plants with water once a week.  They can come in the house for about a week but should stay outside on your porch in the shade the rest of the time as long as it is not freezing.  With proper care these can last up to a year.  When the pumpkin starts to rot just scrape the succulents off the top with a spatula and plant in the ground.  Throw away the rest of the pumpkin.

I am hoping to sell these in my area.  If anyone in my area of Sacramento, CA is interested please leave me a comment.  Hopefully I can find a supply of these beautiful pumpkins so I can make more.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week.  I am still working on part two of my Huntington Gardens Greenhouse post.  I should be done with it soon.

It's Another Beautiful Day!

13 comments:

Becc said...

theyre absolutely gorgeous, well done, I might give it a go. Do you scoop out the pumpkin or just poke the succulents into it?

Gerhard Bock said...

Wow, these look perfect. I can't think of a better Thanksgiving centerpiece!

Gerhard
:: Bamboo and More ::

Cindy Davison said...

They're Beauties, Candy!...Perfect centerpiece...and when it's all said and done, it keeps on giving.

Sueli said...

Amazing! Have a nice day!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you everyone! I really had fun making these. And guess what, I sold these two so now have to make more.

Becc, the pumpkin is not hollow at all and you don't poke any holes in it. It would rot even faster then. I sprayed the top with a spray on glue then put 1/2 inch of sphagnum moss. From there I added the succulents into the moss and secured with a gel glue. The other dried things were added with a glue gun being careful not to get glue on the pumpkin as to damage it. You keep the pumpkin cool and dry. Outside is best. It can be inside for short periods like on the thanksgiving table. Spritz the succulents once a week with water. Not too much as to rot the top of the pumpkin. Should last up to a year. Then can scrape off the succulents and plant in the ground and throw away the pumpkin.

Have fun!

Pam/Digging said...

I love those pumpkin succulent planters! What a great centerpiece for the Thanksgiving feast.

Julie said...

Oh my gosh, Candy...the succulent pumpkins are amazing!!! I thank you for telling how you did it...I might make one for our thanksgiving table, or I need to make a Christmas themed one for a gift...now I am thinking of a beautiful item to use for base of that...any ideas???
xoxo- Julie

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Great Julie and thank you! I was thinking of putting tiny glass Xmas tree ball in the mix. And I was going to see if I could buy some dried out gourds to decorate. But for Xmas you could also use a white pumpkin. I was going to get one but the bottoms of the ones I saw were too round and rolled around! That wouldn't work!

Julie said...

Check out this idea using a wreath with spagnum moss,nuts and christmas balls for a base...I am thinking glue on the succulents first kinda randomly around on the wreath, then add the already painted nuts and the colorful glass balls (maybe no candles)...and use it for the center of the table as well. I think red and green and gold balls would look great with the succulents!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

I really like your idea Julie! Show what you do. I will let you know what I come up with. But yes put succulents on first then already painted nuts or just balls. Hey how about holly. Not the red stuff just the leaves. Hmmmmm maybe not. Just an idea!

Evelyn said...

Great idea. Very "green" container!

Sheila Zanella said...

Hi Candice, I shared some of your photos yesterday (I gave the credits :)) and people asked me how you plant succulents in a pumpkin then I came back here to learn...:) I don't know if I understand well. Did you put soil inside?

Thakss
Sheila
http://www.vidasuculenta.blogspot.ie/

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Hi Shiela, I don't put any succulents inside the pumpkin at all. That would mean puncturing it and it would rot very easy.

The pumpkin is not hollow at all and you don't poke any holes in it. It would rot even faster then. I sprayed the top with a spray on glue then put 1/2 inch of sphagnum moss. From there I added the succulents into the moss and secured with a gel glue. The other dried things were added with a glue gun being careful not to get glue on the pumpkin as to damage it. You keep the pumpkin cool and dry. Outside is best. It can be inside for short periods like on the thanksgiving table. Spritz the succulents once a week with water. Not too much as to rot the top of the pumpkin. Should last up to a year. Then can scrape off the succulents and plant in the ground and throw away the pumpkin.