How often do I need to water my topiary?
That depends on several factors.
If going away on vacation, we recommend a good soaking of the topiary by submerging the topiary in a bucket of water. This will allow the topiary to soak up a good amount of water.
Store the topiary in an area with low light a patio is a good location. We have gone this route and have managed to keep our topiaries alive for two weeks. Same process can happen if normal watering too.
Relative humidity. If the relative humidity is low, then you need to water more often.
Air movement. If your topiary is placed where it is subjected to moving air, etc. under a fan, air conditioner vent, open window, or outside, then it will need more frequent watering.
Weight and color of topiary. When topiary becomes lighter in weight and lighter in color, it needs watering.
How do I water my topiary?
To water your topiary, simply pour water over it slowly so it can soak in. You can focus the water in the area where the plant is growing rather than the entire topiary.
If you notice you need to water more frequently chances are the topiary will need to be dunked in a bucket of water or allowed to sit in water to get it fully rehydrated. This will make future waterings easier until it needs to be rehydrated again.
How do I fertilize my topiary?
It is not completely necessary only unless the vine appears in need of a boost. We recommend one quarter strength of fertilizer solution to the water or a very small amount at best.
Where can I place my topiary?
It is best to put them where they will get indirect sun.
They are not recommended for full sun mainly because they will dry out quickly.
A patio, front porch or indoors near a window works well.
How long does it take my topiary to cover with ivy?
Given optimum growing conditions, keep moist at all times, sufficient light,
fertilizing, high humidity, and warm growing conditions, 75F+, it should take two to three months to be well covered.
How do I re-plant my topiary, if it dies or add extra plugs to a living one?
First, you need to soak your Topiary in a pot of water until it is moist or air bubbles stop; usually about a minute. Next, if the topiary has dead runners on it, look for all of the topiary pins and pull them out, then pull off the dead vines, tracing the stems back to the root mass. Carefully remove the root mass, and then insert your thumb in the hole, using your thumb to enlarge it. Now, get your plug of creeping fig and gently roll the root mass between your thumb and fingers to remove most of the soil. Gently roll the root mass into a ball and insert into the enlarged hole, being very careful not to break any of the stems. For planting extra creeping fig in a topiary that already has live plants on it, feel with your thumb or use a dibble or screwdriver to find a spot where you can make another hole to insert a plant. Use your dibble or screwdriver to make a large enough hole for the plant plug, and then continue with the above instructions to plant your vine.
How tall will my topiary grow?
All of our Topiaries are made from sturdy welded steel wire, so they won't get any bigger than the size of the frame. The creeping vine adds about an inch as it covers the topiary.
What is the plant profile for the vine?
Our topiaries are planted with Ficus Pumila or also known as Creeping Fig vine.
The plants profile is:
Growth Habit: Trailing Climber
Hardiness: 10 degrees fahrenheit
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
How To instructions for DIY stuffing your topiary.
We offer these materials in our
Supplies section of the site.
Preparing the moss.
Screwdriver or Dibble Tool
Creeping Fig Vine Plant
The moss needs to be moist enough to be pliable to stuff into the main parts of the frame. If you purchased a dry block of moss, you will need to add water and let it absorb (we usually allow a couple of hours). The tricky part about stuffing is making sure you pack it and wrap it tight enough so that when it's time to plant, the inside environment is dense enough to allow root growth. As you pack the frame, you'll start to wrap the exterior with the fishing line to both secure the moss inside as well as mold the shape. Once you have stuffed and shaped, you can trim off any excess moss. Do the stuffing outside, if possible, as it gets quite messy!
For planting, you'll want your topiary moist. Feel with your thumb to find any area where the wire frame is not located. Then use a Dibble tool or a Screwdriver to find a thick spot where you can make a hole to insert a plant. Make a large hole, then get your plug of creeping fig and gently roll the root mass between your thumb and fingers to remove most of the soil. Gently roll the root mass to look like the shape of a pencil and insert into the enlarged hole, being very careful not to break any of the stems. Follow up with some extra moss and you're done. We secure the vine runners with floral pins.
How To instructions for DIY planting a topiary from a stuffed only state or replanting.
For Stuffed only topiaries, you need to soak your topiary in a pot of water until it is moist or air bubbles stop; usually about a minute.
For planted topiaries adding extra plugs, the topiary should be well watered or moist.
Next, if the topiary has dead runners on it, look for all of the topiary pins and pull them out, then pull off the dead vines, tracing the stems back to the root mass. Carefully remove the root mass, and then insert your thumb in the hole, using your thumb to enlarge it or use a dibble tool to create the hole again. Now, get your plug of creeping fig and gently roll the root mass between your thumb and fingers to remove most of the soil. You want the least amount of soil attached. Gently roll the root mass into a ball and insert into the enlarged hole, being very careful not to break any of the stems.
For planting, feel with your thumb to find a spot where you can make another hole to insert a plant looking for a spot where there is no wire frame. The spot will be softer where the frame is not located. Review the topiary frame only picture to see what the topiary structure looks like. Use your dibble or screwdriver to make a large enough hole for the plant plug. Insert the plant plug. Follow up with some extra moss to fill the hole.
Secure the vine runners with floral pins.
Care Card Instructions
We can only ship international topiaries that are in the Frame or Stuffed state. We are unable to send Planted versions. Please contact us for shipping rates based on your location. Those in Canada can order through our site with a flat rate of $28 for shipping.
How to Train Your Topiary - You Tube Video
We created a You Tube video on How To Train Your Topiary when new vine plant growth starts.
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