How to make a hanging succulent frame

A small vertical garden in a picture frame is easy to make and looks amazing.

Words: Jane Wrigglesworth

Step 1: Take cuttings of succulents, leaving a 5cm stem attached. Let them dry for a couple of days.

Step 2: Find a wooden box with low sides (7cm or so), plus a fancy picture frame. The box should be about 3cm smaller than the frame. Turn the picture frame over and staple a piece of wire mesh to the back to just cover the hole.

Step 3: Line the box with heavy-duty black plastic.

Step 4: Attach 2cm-angle brackets to the sides of the box. Place the picture frame on top of the box and secure it.

Step 5: Attach two D-rings to the top of the box on the back for hanging.

Step 6: Fill the box with succulent potting mix. Plant the succulent cuttings in between the mesh until you fill the frame. Stuff sphagnum moss in any gaps.

Step 7: Leave the box and frame lying flat for six weeks or more until roots develop, anchoring the succulents.

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NZ Lifestyle Block This article first appeared in NZ Lifestyle Block Magazine.
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