4″ Succulent Ball

I love succulent plants! They are fairly easy to take care, have so many different varieties, looks pretty on its own, and even better when mixed together.  Since I live in a cooler gardening zone (NYC), keeping them outdoors over the winter is not possible.  So I decided to make a small succulent ball and hang it my kitchen so I can enjoy it while cooking.  You’ve probably seen many versions of this lovely decoration, so here are the steps for mine. There are many ways to make a hanging succulent ball – the following are your options: 1. You can buy a small wire ball, wicker ball or grapevine ball, pack it with soil and then cover with moss.  2. Or, for approximately the same cost, you can save some time and effort, and just purchase a ready made one. I used a pre-made sphagnum moss ball I found on amazon.com

I love succulent plants! They are fairly easy to take care, have so many different varieties, looks pretty on its own, and even better when mixed together. Since I live in a cooler gardening zone (NYC), keeping them outdoors over the winter is not possible. So I decided to make a small succulent ball and hang it my kitchen so I can enjoy it while cooking. You’ve probably seen many versions of this lovely decoration, so here are the steps for mine.
There are many ways to make a hanging succulent ball – the following are your options:
1. You can buy a small wire ball, wicker ball or grapevine ball, pack it with soil and then cover with moss.
2. Or, for approximately the same cost, you can save some time and effort, and just purchase a ready made one. I used a pre-made sphagnum moss ball I found on amazon.com

Step 1 – Materials or tools

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  1. 4” sphagnum moss ball
  2. hen and chicks or any succulent plants
  3. a long nail, screw driver/chopstick, any kind of long object with a pointy tip, and tweezers

Step 2 – Soak and drain sphagnum ball

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Soak moss ball in a bucket of water for a few hours, then drain until dripping stops.

Step 3 – planting from bottom using stem succulent

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It will be easier to start with the bottom and side of the ball, so turn moss ball upside down using a holder to support the ball, and start planting.  If taking succulents off the main plant with just a stem, make sure to allow the cut tip to dry out first (it will take a day or two), punch a hole in the ball using a nail and insert plant into the hole using a tweezers

Step 4 – top off using larger, whole plants with roots

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When the bottom is finished, hang ball on a hook, then start planting the top.  For the top, I used a whole succulent with roots – take off as much soil as possible, then wrap the roots with some wet moss. Use a screwdriver to make a larger hole in the ball, and gently insert into the hole.

Depending on the size of the succulents, a 4 in. ball with mainly baby and small plants, plus a few larger ones, will actually take approximately 45 to 50 plants to complete. So, that’s a lot of succulents, but I think the results are well worth it!