Plants are a useful way to brighten up your house, but they’re also pretty difficult to keep in a small apartment. LivePicture has a rather novel solution to that problem: Stick them in a picture frame and hang them on your wall.
The system itself is surprisingly simple, once you take a look at it. The frame is steel and it has several slots in it; it also happens to be the irrigation system for the plants. You just slot one of several sets of plants into each slot and suddenly, you’ve got a garden growing on your wall. It doesn’t even take a lot of effort; you just need to refill the water every six weeks or so.
The big concern, for some people, will be “does this fit into my home decor?” Well, the short answer is, yes, if you patterned it off an iPhone. Essentially, the frame comes in industrial metal, but that can be colored silver, white, or charcoal. The good news is that you’re unlikely to be looking at the frame; while the cassettes are loaded with plants that have a low water consumption and food needs, they are, in fact, rather abundant and will cover most of the frame. Also, vibrant greens tend to blend into pretty much any home design, unless it’s all green anyway, in which case, I’ve got nothing.
Oh, invest in some anchor bolts: These can get up to 77 pounds fully loaded.
Currently, the LivePicture comes in two sizes, both of which are terrible puns. The RemPlant is the larger of the two; it can fit two plant cassettes and has a 4.5 gallon water tank. The VanGrow takes one cassette and has a 3.2 gallon tank. But both of them will make it easier to get some fresh air into your home, and, hey, it beats that annoying spider plant from college.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.