Live succulents as Christmas tree ornaments


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Flora Grubb and her chic San Francisco garden shop are taking succulents to new heights: on the Christmas tree. Tiny aeonium or echeveria cuttings are mounted on 3.5-inch hand-crafted ornamental hooks that resemble dangling earrings.

The Flora Grubb ornament will look beautiful as it sways from the bough of your Douglas fir. When the season is over, plant the succulent in a pot to enjoy for years to come. Save the hook and make your own ornament from new cuttings next year.


‘We got the idea for these ornaments when we noticed that succulent cuttings remain vibrant for months here at the store,’ Grubb said. ‘We built our first prototype out of floral wire and worked on the design for the last few months, experimenting with various succulents to find the types that didn’t mind being handled, poked or packed in a dark box for shipping.’

Flora Grubb Gardens is selling the succulent ornament for $19 apiece, or $55 for a set of three, plus shipping.

There’s no reason why you can’t fabricate your own succulent ornaments with a paper clip and a cutting from your garden. But for those looking for ready-made gifts, Flora Grubb’s refined version comes nestled in a box with care instructions.


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