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How to Care for a Live Wreath

By Karen Ellis ; Updated September 21, 2017

Live wreaths are not difficult to care for and will last much longer than those made from cuttings. Most live wreaths are made from a soil base covered in moss. You can hang them indoors or outdoors. Some can tolerate direct sunlight, while others need some protection, such as a covered patio or porch. You can even use live wreaths as the base for a table centerpiece.

Keep your live wreath out of direct sunlight for about a week after you receive it. If it will be an outdoor wreath, keep it protected outdoors. Different plants require differing amounts of sunshine, and your wreath should come with this information.

Move your live wreath outdoors at the end of every 30 to 45 days, for a one-week period. Make sure it is located in a partially shaded area.

Turn your wreath one-fourth of the way around once a month, for even growth.

Water your wreath when the back side of it starts to feel hard and dry. Watering intervals will vary according to the temperature and location of your living wreath. Place the bottom of your wreath in a large tub or garbage can lid of water. The water should reach no further than the top of the wreath base. Let it soak for about an hour.

Fertilize your live wreath according to the needs of the plants it contains. For example, succulents need to be fertilized at the end of spring and the end of summer. Flowering plants will need fertilization just before blooming. Different plants also require different types of nutrients. Add the fertilizer to the water when soaking your live wreath.

Trim your live wreath when required. Although some plants grow faster than others, you will find that your wreath will eventually need trimming to keep its round, neat appearance. Use a hand-sized garden clipper or just pinch off excess plant growth.


Things You Will Need

  • Live wreath
  • Tub
  • Fertilizer


About the Author


Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.