DIY vertical garden tool from flora grubb

by Kate Pruitt

Leave it to the awesome Flora Grubb Gardens to invent a clever new tool for DIY vertical gardens. Tillandsias (air plants, as they are more commonly known) are probably the only plant I can keep alive in my cold, sun-starved apartment. I’m so excited about this nifty little gadget that Flora has just invented: It is a simple metal form with three prongs and a sturdy screw-in base designed for holding air plants and securing to any kind of wall material: wood, cement, plaster — you name it. I think a set of these and some air plants would be the coolest holiday gift for friends and family. Click here to see more pictures and purchase the tool. — Kate

See more images of Flora Grubb’s new DIY airplant installation tool after the jump!

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  • This is perfect! Especially since I just bought my first air plant on Fab the other day – now all I have to do is wait for the little darling to arrive. :)

  • such a simple and beautiful idea. also, i am in love with the dresser in the first photo… any idea where it came from?

  • seriously, this has to be my garden. I live in a small cottage which is rustic & lovely, to be sure, but it doesn’t get a lot of natural light. And I’m not fabulous at looking after plants either! These look fabulous! Love that first shot with the textures of the plants against the smoothness of the wall.

  • What a fantastic idea. I think we could dub this ‘the invention that launched a million walls.’ I can’t wait to order some. Does anyone know the temperature ranges for air plants, if I wanted to put some outside as well?

    • I know this comment is like five years old, but for new readers who might have the same questions — I looked into this, and the Optimum temperature range is 50 – 90 degrees F. Just thought I should put it out there for future readers.

      Great post btw Kate, and I love this site!!

  • I was just in Boca Raton, Florida and they had these plants tucked in the palm tree crevices everywhere you looked. Many of them were in bloom. So I would say, yes you can grow them in Florida. You just need to give them shade and they need to get a little sun or bright light. That’s why a tree works so well.

  • I bought a dozen assorted airplants a couple months ago, and i have them tucked into a ceramic planter on the side of a cabinet by the window above the kitchen sink. They get a lot of humidity there, but I also mist them every few days with water. I researched and read to talk them down and water them (I immerse them) thoroughtly. I think this screw in holder is great. I love the glass hanging globes, but misting would mess up the glass.

  • This is totally awesome and very creative. OMG I like it very much. I would like to set up in my house. But can it grow with litte sun inside the house?

  • Look great. It’s nice idea to plant inside the house. But I wonder it will provide enough sunlight or we have to use led light?

    • hi joseph

      vertical planters, from my experience, really do best outdoors. they need a lot of light and they’re a bit of a chore to take down and water, so i’d suggest keeping them outside, on a porch or something similar.


  • As good an idea as this is keep in mind where you put these plants. Too often people think they can ignore them but that usually ends up with the plant dieing. They need good bright light and should be misted with water (preferably in the morning, not at night) 2 to 3 times a week in warm weather less often when it’s cool. Mist them with a diluted house plant fertilizer once a month. As I stated keep in mind where they’ll be to care for them properly. Google “tillandsia” for more care tips.

  • This is a strange idea, I have never seen it, I’ll try, but with another stuff, because my house walls are not made of wood! Thank you for the post.

  • I’m absolutely loving that concrete wall with the air plants. What a cool statement! It’s modern and warm at the same time.

  • They need good bright light and should be misted with water (preferably in the morning, not at night) 2 to 3 times a week in warm weather less often when it’s cool.

  • They need great splendid light and ought to be moistened with water (ideally toward the beginning of the day, not around evening time) 2 to 3 times each week in warm climate less frequently when it’s cool