This week, we debut a gigantic succulent heart at the 2015 Northwest Flower and Garden Show. It's in the foyer outside the display gardens, if you happen to be visiting the show. (Picture from fine-foliage.com.)
More Show Info >> www.gardenshow.com
What does it take to grow a big heart?
Plants & Media
2,170 - Echeveria scheidekkeri
1,785 - Echeveria ‘Purple Pearl'
970 - Echeveria secunda
637 - Echeveria ‘Perle von Nürnberg
1,041 - Sempervivum ‘Hopewell Rose’
1,360 - Sempervivum soboliferum
That's 15,000 plants--8 different species. It took 120 man hours to prepare the cuttings and plant the heart. We planted it in September 2014.
It's planted in sphagnum moss that's between 6" to 12" thick.
The succulent heart is 14’ high x 12.5’ wide.
Pre-planting weight of the structure is approximately 300 pounds. The stand weight is 500 lbs. In total, the whole heart weighs about 1,000 pounds.
The structure is custom-welded. It took 250 man hours using the Tig welding method and 13 - 4’x8’ sheets of expanded metal. There are about 250 feet of tubing. The outer rim is 240 feet.
There is a common misconception that succulents don’t need water, or need very little. While there is some truth in the “need very little” part, the truth is that succulents like water, and they like to be watered deeply.