signs of spring...fern wreath
With our cabin fever reaching unprecedented levels, we decided to try a little project that we first saw on Martha's page. First,
gather supplies: 10-15 2" mini ferns, a 8-10" sphagnum moss wreath form, a pan large enough to hold the wreath, pins, a bucket of water. The fern wreath instructions start with a sphagnum moss wreath form. We've used these in the past very successfully for succulent wreaths, which use cuttings rather than established plants. If you happen to find a wreath form that is half sphagnum and can hold soil for planting, I would suggest that as an option as well, although keep the wreath flat while the plants establish.
Soak the wreath form for at least 25 minutes. In order to fit your mini ferns into the wreath, they will need to be divided into even smaller plants. To do this, start by cleaning all the dirt off the ferns roots: just use your fingers to gently work off any larger pieces, and have a bucket of water on hand to rinse off any remaining dirt.
Start planting your mini plants: pull the sphagnum gently apart, creating a small hole that's about 1/4" wide and 1/2" deep. Place a single mini plant into this hole, tucking in its roots. Press the sphagnum closed around it. You can use a small pin here to secure this closure, if needed.
Continue until all of your mini ferns are planted. The design can be as natural, or symmetrical as you want! Just keep in mind that the ferns will grow into this form, so avoid planting them too densely. To complete the wreath, consider wrapping any empty spots with sheet moss. Or even pin on a few air plants!
Keep your wreath misted well, soak 2x per week while plants are establishing. Store in bright, indirect light.
UPDATE: After 3 weeks growing time, in the middle of winter, we found that the ferns incurred a lot of stress and did not take to the wreath quickly. One out of three is is good condition. Bright or artificial light and very heavy soaking of the wreath seem like the best course of actions.
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