A festive hanging for Christmas
It’s easy to make, just buy two wire-framed hanging baskets, remove the liner and replace with moss, then plant the basket from the outside with a selection of succulents.
You can use cuttings in the ball but leave them in a brightly lit spot for three days to form a callus before planting. Or divide echeverias and sempervirens to use the small rosettes.
Once it is hung, water the ball well, then at least once a week, and feed every couple of months with a soluble complete plant food.
Keep in mind the ball is alive and growing, so after about a year you’ll have to rejuvenate it by replacing plants that have outgrown it.
If you have enough succulents, make a second ball to give as a gift.
Step 1. Plant the cuttings
Take cuttings and remove the lower leaves for a stem of 50-80mm.
Line each basket with a generous amount of wet sphagnum moss. Starting from the base, make holes in the moss with a chopstick, inserting the plants.
TIP Secure any loose cuttings and rosettes with bobby pins.
Step 2. Add the potting mix
When the sides of the baskets are planted, fill them with a good-quality cacti and succulent potting mix.
Position a flat board over each basket to keep the moss and compost in place, then invert them.
Stand the baskets for six weeks in a sunny spot until roots form. Water once a week.