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I fear I’m a bit late with this, but perhaps it will be something you might want to do next year for some fall decorations. I bought one of those big, flat pumpkins that has a deep depression where the stem would be. Alas, I don’t remember what variety of pumpkin this is, a Fairytale or Cinderella, perhaps. 

You can find all kinds of different methods for doing this online, I know, but I just added dirt and plants. 

I just kept adding cuttings and dirt as I turned the pumpkin to fill it pretty evenly with plants. 

You could spray the cuttings when you need to water, but I actually watered the center of the pumpkin. I put it on a towel to catch the run-off down the lobes of the pumpkin, let it sit a little while and then moved it back to the table that it decorates. 

So while it may be a little late for you to add this to your fall decorations this year, you could file the idea away for next year. 

Or take out the succulents and add a Christmas cactus, or Christmas ornaments, a green and red bandanna underneath, and greenery for our next holiday. Who says a pumpkin can’t celebrate Christmas? 


Alice’s note: This story first appeared in my blog Cactus are Cool on November 14, 2021. To see the rest of the pictures of the pumpkin, go to www.aliceliles.com .

By Alice Liles


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