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These tips from Katherine Tracey of Avant Gardens will help you create your own chic DIY succulent wreath like a pro.

Ever want to make your own DIY succulent wreath? These tips from Katherine Tracey of Avant Gardens demystifies the process so you can create your own chic arrangement like a pro.

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Ever want to make your own DIY succulent wreath? These tips from Katherine Tracey of Avant Gardens demystifies the process so you can create your own chic arrangement like a pro.

There is something special about succulent wreaths that instantly seems to scream summer.

Every time I hop on Pinterest, I totally get excited to try making my own DIY succulent wreath, but truth be told, I feel like the instructions makes it sound a lot easier than it really is.

Sure, succulents are hardy plants and it could be as easy as simply tucking in a few cuttings to a soaked moss wreath form. Easy enough to do if you have a large selection of succulents in your garden and can create a wreath from cuttings and materials you already have.

If you're like me and need to purchase succulent plants from scratch, costs can quickly add up and you want to make sure the project will actually work out before dishing out the cash.

I recently came across some tips from Katherine Tracey of Avant Gardens Nursery in Massachusetts on AWayToGarden.com that makes growing a succulent wreath seem totally doable. Plus, she offers some realistic expectations on what to expect and what will work (or won't).

Favorite tips for making a succulent wreath:

Don't expect it to last forever. “You get a 6-month enjoyment maybe,” Katherine says, “and then you have to do some rejuvenating.

Recycle plants to save money. Making a succulent wreath isn't cheap. Save costs by using cuttings from your garden (or beg a friend if she has some). If purchasing all the succulents, take cuttings from the wreath when cleaning up the form after 6 months and plant them to root to use in pots or future wreaths.

Pick the right type of succulents. Upright-growing succulents are not ideal for a wreath. Instead pick hardy rosettes and filler types. Katherine recommends Echeveria, Sempervivum and Sedum.

Mix and match. Choose a variety of colors and textures to give your wreath visual interest. She recommends choosing light, medium and dark tones to give your wreath dimension and contrast.

Find a sunny spot. Make sure the succulents get plenty of light and warmth the first month after they are planted so they can get well-established.

Do not disturb. Wait until the succulents are well-rooted before feeding them or hanging the wreath.

Rotate. To allow the wreath to grow evenly, occasionally rotate the hanging wreath. You can also give it a break by placing it on a flat surface for a short period of time.

Read more of Katherine Tracey's tips and the steps for how-to grow a succulent wreath on A Way to Grow. 
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