During a walk home from Golden Gate Park, we found this odd little metal piece. What was it used for? Maybe it was for holding plastic bags, maybe a wine holder? All I could think was that it would make an awesome succulent wall hanging.
Even though this is really a One of a Kind or prototype, you probably have enough stuff around your home / garage / garden to make something similar. Get inspired.
- Metal mesh (found this thing on a street corner)
- Wooden board (piece of wood found on a street corner)
- Cloth mesh
- Sphagnum moss
- Staple gun
- Hemp rope
- Succulent clippings
- Hook to hang it
- Gather up your materials. I like to work on a work table out in the garden because it can be a little messy.
- I took the metal mesh (you could use chicken wire, etc) and put in a strip cloth mesh. I used this red mesh because the holes in the metal mesh looked a little too big and the sphagnum moss may fall out too easy.
- Put a layer of sphagnum moss down and put a little soil inside…sort of like you are stuffing a burrito. Actually, most succulents will grow fine in only sphagnum.
- Attach the metal mesh to the wooden board. The piece of scrap wood I found on the street fit just perfect on the back to cover the opening. I ended up stapling the red mess to the board on the back.
- Next I took some hemp rope (any rope should work) and tied it on both the top and bottom so that I had something to hang it onto the hook. Reason I did both sides was so that I had the option to flip it.
- Now that you have the basic structure, time to make holes in the sphagnum to slide in the succulent cuttings. Megan did not choose any specific plants. She just went around the garden and found succulents that we have in abundance, and could use a little thinning out.
- After Megan was finished, we gave it a watering and let it sit flat for two weeks. This allows roots to start forming which should keep the succulents in place once I hang it vertically.
- Find a place in your garden that needs some vertical flare.
San Francisco is a haven for finding cool found objects on street corners. Our thought is that it is difficult to toss items in the trash. We mean that literally. If it does not fit in your city issued, tiny trash bin…the garbage man will not take it. You are either stuck with it, paying a service to take it, or sneaking it curbside and/or putting a posting on Craigslist free section. We would suggest keep your eyes peeled, and an open mind….you can find and make your own succulent container from found object.
– Matti Far Out Flora