Decorating your tables with pumpkins

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – The fall season is approaching with thoughts of staging our homes with autumnal decorations both inside and out. Bring fall into your home! Decorate your dining room table with Fall Pumpkin Plantings with ideas from Shari Petrucci from the Western Mass Masters Gardeners Association.

What You Need:

Pumpkin (a pumpkin that’s flatter on top works best)
Spray adhesive
Clear gel crafts glue
Hot glue gun and glue
Variety of clean succulent cuttings

1. To make the sphagnum moss adhere, coat the top of the pumpkin with spray adhesive.

2. Before the spray adhesive dries (you want it tacky), press dry moss onto the top of the pumpkin, creating a layer ½-1 inch thick.

3. Grab your succulents. Group the three tallest items slightly to one side of center. Use a clear crafts gel to glue cuttings and seedpods to the moss. Work from the center outward, packing items tightly.

4. Using a hot-glue gun is a quick and easy way to attach items to the moss. The succulents won’t mind!

5. Aim for a mounded arrangement, with initial elements perpendicular to the top of the pumpkin, and shorter, smaller items angled outward.

Succulent Pumpkin Care:

Protect a succulent-topped pumpkin from harsh sun, excessive heat, freezing temperatures, and rain. Good air circulation is essential. Placing any pumpkin — including a carved jack-o’-lantern — atop a ¼-inch-thick piece of cardboard will keep moisture from collecting underneath, preventing the pumpkin from rotting prematurely.

Spritz the plants once a week to moisten the moss and hydrate any new little roots that might have formed. Avoid letting water pool around the pumpkin’s stem.

Treat the composition as you would treat a houseplant. Give it bright, indirect light by setting it near a window indoors or on a sheltered deck or balcony. Keep it away from heaters.

To transition the succulents to a more permanent home, slice the top off the pumpkin and nestle the arrangement atop good soil in a flowerpot or a frost-free garden bed.

Create a grouping that offers variety and beautifully complements your decor by topping several winter squash with succulents. In addition to orange, consider dark green, gray-green, white, striped, and mottled.

I hope you enjoyed this garden topic and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

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