Michael W
Michael W
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DIY Vertical Succulent Planter


Making some basic 2x4s look old with some paint and stencils, I created my very own vertical garden for planting hens and chicks (succulents). Once the frame fill out I'll have a living work of art! Full details of the project are on my blog Inspired by Charm: http://www.inspiredbycharm.com/2012/04/outdoor-shelves-part-two-framed-hens.html
Vertical Planter
Vertical Planter
Hens and Chicks
Hens and Chicks
Planting the Vertical Garden
Planting the Vertical Garden
Michael W

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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3 questions
  • Suzy Q
    on Sep 15, 2016

    Can you make a small one for indoors?

  • Dee
    on Feb 15, 2018

    How do you keep the dirt from falling out?
    Love it!
  • Heather Kuder
    on Jul 14, 2018

    Hey Micheal so what best place outdoor to place succulent plants? Mostly shade, full sun?

    • Anita Springer
      on Jul 30, 2018

      Most like full sun.

    • Shelly Carver
      on Aug 25, 2018

      these guys really thrive on NEGLECT. crazy right?!

      they do not enjoy sitting in water or wet soil.

      i actually have seen mine go to the tall, reeaally tall (phalic looking) stage and flower! purples, greens and just gorgeous!

      thank you for the DIY idea! im headed out back to create one right now.

    • Bobbie Hurley
      on Nov 2, 2018

      I had my succulents planted in the sun. Some in the shade.. Both did great..

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  • Moma Walker
    on Sep 21, 2016

    I'm a little (or a lot) confused. I love succulents and air plants. I want to start growing both but different people have told me that I need dirt in the succulents and not in the air plants, and some people have told me that I would need dirt in both of them. I was also told that air plants live exactly on that--air. To buy a small glass container and put the air plant in that and it will survive on its own. Please someone HELP. Please get all of this straightened out for me so I can go buy me a couple of each and enjoy them.

    • Alicia
      on Feb 28, 2019

      you DO NOT need soil for air plants, All you need to do is plunk it in a bowl of water for a few minutes once a week. Take it out set it out some where and let it llve on air. That is why it is called an Air Plant. Succulents need soil(dry soil) and very little water. There pudgy leaves are filled with water that's what they live on. When their pudgy leaves slim down that's when they get a drink (water). If that doesn't help PLEASE go to YOU TUBE and look it up that's what's it's there for

  • Jo
    on Apr 23, 2018

    I am in the process of making a faux living wall on our balcony. We get strong winds at times and living plants create a huge mess. I am using a variety of faux succulents from Michael's and the resin planter is from Wayfair. I chose the arched top because we have a Mexican theme on the balcony. Will post the finished product.


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