If you have found an unusual piece of driftwood that you wish to transform into a living floral arrangement, consider planting the wood with a combination of low growing sedums. Sedums (Sedum spectible) are drought tolerant succulents, hardy plants with tenacious root systems. Commonly known as showy stonecrop, ballon plant, everlasting or showy sedum, these attractive small plants are part of the plant family Crassulaceae. You can purchase a few different varieties of sedum plants. Use the offshoots to create your arrangement and still have the parent plants for future projects.
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Things you need
- Wire or picture hanger bracket
- Knife or screwdriver
- Potting soil
- Florist moss
- Nylon line
- Floral wire
Choose freshwater driftwood for your gardening project. Driftwood that has been in the ocean contains salts that will leach out and kill your plantings.
Scrub the driftwood in fresh water to remove all debris and plant fungi. Allow to dry in full sun for several days. Attach wire or a pre-made hanger to the back of the driftwood.
Pack a small amount of potting soil and moss into the crevices and cracks of the driftwood. Use the tip of a butter knife or a small screw driver to wedge the moss into the cracks.
For larger driftwood pieces, cut used pantyhose into lengths. Fill the pantyhose tube with a mixture of one-half potting soil and one-half moss. Tie off each end to secure the planting mixture. Attach the segments of pantyhose to the driftwood with floral wire ties or clear, nylon fishing line. Cover the pantyhose segments with very moist floral moss, and attach that too with nylon line or floral wire.
Cut small slits in different spots, approximately 1 to 2 inches apart, to insert sedum plants. Insert the roots of the sedum into small soil and moss filled crevices in the driftwood, and through the moss covering into slits in the nylon planting tube.
Water with a spray mister and place the planted driftwood in filtered sunlight. Keep it uniformly moist, but not soggy.
Place the arrangement in a permanent location three weeks after planting. This delay will allow the small roots to develop and firmly attach the plant. Select a space in the garden that affords filtered sunlight and protection from strong winds. Water occasionally. The plant will quickly multiply to fill in the bare spots. As sedum matures, most varieties of the plant present small delicate flowers.
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