This winter greens planter will stay fresh and festive all season long and is a great choice by the front door or on the patio. Follow our easy instructions below to put together this winter planter!
1. You can use a newly prepared pot with fresh soil or re-use a finished planter from last season. To prepare a used pot from last season, simply sheer the tops of the old plants off from their roots and clean the top of the soil. The roots in the soil are a perfect anchor to hold your greens in place.Then, make sure you water the soil deeply a day, or few hours, before you start creating your new planter.
2. Start with the tallest branches/poles in the centre of your planter. The basic rule of thumb is for your final greens arrangement to be double the height and double the width. So, if your pot is 16" tall and 12" wide, you will want to have the arrangement that is 32" tall and 24" wide.
3. Begin adding in the greenery tight against these poles/branches to secure them in place. Fill up the centre of your design with greens that stagger in height, decreasing as you get farther from the centre.
4. Create a collar using greens around the rim of the pot, to define the overall width of the arrangement. Make sure you use enough greens to cover up the soil.
5. Accents are a great way to add sparkle and natural interest. Use pinecones in clusters of 3 or 5, or buy them on picks to make them easier to insert. Baubles, and other accents in shiny or sparkly finishes or bright colours, will highlight your finished design.
Even though these arrangements are not living, they need to be watered once a week, with cold water, to help keep the greens fresh. In climates where freezing is normal, once the arrangement is frozen, you can leave it. In climates where it doesn't freeze often, you will need to water more often.
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