Making A DIY Living Edible Wreath

Berrylicious Living Strawberry Wreath

Shiny, bright red strawberries are not only a delicious treat but they are also a decorative plant that looks beautiful in the landscape. Low-growing plants dotted with white or pink flowers and brilliant berries, can be used in a variety of small-space gardening solutions. This living strawberry wreath is an art piece that is also a smart use of space. It is easy to put together and it will grow in more fully as the years go by.Strawberry Wreath

Materials

Making a DIY Living Edible Wreath

The Best Plants to Use in a Living Strawberry Wreath

Strawberries are categorized into June-bearing and everbearing varieties. June-bearing strawberries will produce a large number of berries over about three weeks in the early summer. Everbearing strawberries will spread the berry production out over many months. For a wreath like this, everbearing berries will give the wreath a longer decorative appeal.Monrovia Strawberry Plants

The plants for this project were provided by Monrovia and divided from established plants in my garden. Thank you to both of them for the generosity!

 Everbearing Strawberries

  • Albion Strawberry is high yielding, tolerates heat and humidity, and has excellent disease resistance.
  • San Andreas Strawberry is similar to Albion and it produces high quality fruit early in the season, and continues to yield throughout the summer.
  • Seascape Strawberry is highly productive over a long season; it has large fruit, excellent flavor, and good disease resistance.

Beautiful Living Wreath

Container Strawberries

Larger strawberry plants may overwhelm the small soil space for moisture and the leaves will quickly become unruly. If you are using a smaller wreath form, choose low-growing or container plants, like Fern Strawberry.

Unique Varieties

Choose decorative strawberry plants such as Toscana Strawberry, which has deep fuchsia pink flowers or Pineberries that has white fruit with red polka dots and taste like a cross between a strawberry and a pineapple.Pineberries

Make it!

  1. Use a wheelbarrow as your planting surface. The wheelbarrow will keep it at a good height for planting, but also allow you to water and tend to the wreath as the plants are adjusting to their new home.
  2. Open the wire wreath and add a container soil mix into the front of the form. Attach the back of the form on and flip the wreath over to begin planting.How to Make a Living Wreath Potting Soil
  3. Use a soil knife to make the holes large enough to gently tuck the strawberry roots into the holes. Keep the holes small enough, however, that the plants do not fall out. Use florist pins as necessary to hold the plants in place.Planting Strawberries in a living Wreath
  4. When all of the holes have been filled with berry plants, water the wreath well and leave it in a shaded space for a few days. After the plants have recovered from planting, move the wheelbarrow and wreath out to a sunny spot and water well. Keep watering and giving sun to the wreath until the berry plants take hold and start growing new leaves.DIY Living Wreath
  5. Use florist pins to tuck in any disorganized leaves and hold up heavy clusters of berries. Continue pruning, pinning, and watering your wreath throughout the summer months. Don’t worry, this will take all of 5 minutes a week and you can do it while you are harvesting berries.How to Make a Strawberry Wreath

Caring for a Living Wreath

  • Plant the wreath with young or bare root plants in the early spring of the first year. As the plants grow, keep the leaves close to the frame using florist pins.
  • As the season goes on, harvest berries, prune browning leaves, and tuck runners into spaces around the wreath.
  • Take the wreath down to water it once a week at least. Soak the soil and wreath liner well, and leave it down for an hour before hanging it up for display again.
  • Strawberry plants will only produce well for about three years. If you continue to add the runners into new holes around the wreath form, this wreath will look beautiful and produce for many years to come.
  • Overwinter the wreath in a cool, dry spot in the garage or under cover. The following spring, prune back the brown leaves and runners leaving plenty of space for the new growth to appear.
  • Feed the wreath in the spring with a well-balanced organic fertilizer.

Strawberry Wreath Instructions

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About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Robin McMahon
    Robin McMahonJune 22,16

    This is seriously the best thing ever! Can you imaging gifting this? I think I want to make some for next mother’s day! Great idea! I love it!

  2. Justin
    JustinJune 23,16

    This is awesome! But I dont think strawberries would do very well in Vegas. Bummer

  3. Margaret
    MargaretJune 23,16

    What an amazing idea! Thanks for the full, illustrated instructions. Pink flowered strawberries are lovely – I have some – but the white flowers take me back to childhood and my father’s garden. I’ve seen Pineberries or similar advertised on eBay. are they GMO?

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseJune 24,16

      Hi Margaret, no home garden seeds are GMO. It’s not a hybrid between a pineapple and strawberry either. It’s just a catchy name for a white strawberry cultivar :)

  4. Debrashoppeno5
    Debrashoppeno5June 25,16

    This is beautiful. I have never seen a strawberry wreath. It is on my must try list.

  5. Jeannie Kiendl-Fraser
    Jeannie Kiendl-FraserJune 26,16

    I have been unable to find a wreath form that is 2 piece like the one here. Where can I purchase or order these?

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseJune 30,16

      I was able to find a heart-shaped one which I added a link to in the materials list. Keep looking, they do show up on Amazon regularly, they are just sold out right now. Perhaps I should order a bunch for everyone!

  6. Celia
    CeliaJune 26,16

    Any Canadian supplier for the wreaths?

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseJune 30,16

      I got this wreath form at Dykhof Nursery in North Vancouver, BC.

  7. Kim
    KimJune 28,16

    How gorgeous, love this idea.Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on Twitter! Have a great week!
    Kim

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseJune 30,16

      Thank you Jessica! It’s now been picked clean by my three-year old. It’s a good thing there are plenty more growing!

  8. Rebecca West
    Rebecca WestJuly 3,16

    This is so cool! Thanks for linking up at Welcome Home Wednesdays!

  9. Cat @ Pocketful of Posies
    Cat @ Pocketful of PosiesJuly 5,16

    This is so pretty! I love everything about it! Thank you for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! Pinning!

  10. michelle james
    michelle jamesJuly 5,16

    This is stunning! I love the idea of a living wreath! The strawberries look so pretty! #HomeMattersParty

  11. Ivory
    IvoryJuly 7,16

    Wow, not only is this a beautiful reef, but it’s also a yummy and creative one. I will give this one a try. Thanks for sharing.

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