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I have recently discovered string gardens and now I want to try to grow something of my own suspended from string. They are so cool, and I just saw an image of a citrus plant (see below) grown indoors suspended from string. Wouldn't it be awesome to pick an orange from your kitchen?

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I absolutely love the second picture!!!:D It looks like a room in a lovely fairy tale - and it looks so unique. I want something like this. But how can you water these plants? I'm afraid it's impossible without wetting the floor:(
 
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You mist it, I believe, though occasionally it will need a real watering. When it's time to water the plant, you take it down and soak it in a bowl for a few minutes. Then you let it drain and hang it back up.
 

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This reminds me of something I did years ago and could be used in one of these types of gardens.
I grew a piece sweet potato in a glass jar. It barely touched the water but was enough to send roots down. When it sprouted it sent vines in all directions which were suspended using string over a sunny window.
If you suspended something like this or another type of vine in a macrame of string it should look rather good.

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Chanell, this is an interesting concept. Wow look at the ;lemons on the plant.. how did it manage to be so healthy....where does it gets its nutrition from... ?
Time to do some home work I guess..
@ jed and that sweet potato did you get anything out of it?




This is neat!
 

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@ jed and that sweet potato did you get anything out of it?

The idea is to grow an inside vine. It grows quite fast and you train it to follow string in all directions. No potatoes are grown only the lovely vine.
Easy to do when the weather is warm.
 
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Thanks for the video Maddie!

@Claudine, I think you've figured out a way for me to start my fernery! That last photo is an inspiration! Actually, if I thought there was enough light, I'd do something like that middle one in my bathroom!

@Jed If I am not mistaken, had you cut those vines off the potato and put them in water they would have made new plants and possibly even grown potatoes!

Oh, I almost forgot! Here is a link to info on making one as a gift for mother's day; there is also info on making a mini terrarium necklace. http://inhabitat.com/6-delightful-diy-mothers-day-gifts-to-make-for-your-mum/
 
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Inspirational.. I am going to start my fernery right away... sounds like a lovely idea... but the water dripping from it may be a huge problem... I need to tackle that before I get started...
@ Chanell, And how do ya copy paste the pics... I tried it and it just doesn't seem to work... LOL Forgive me sometimes I can be real dumb.
 
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Inspirational.. I am going to start my fernery right away... sounds like a lovely idea... but the water dripping from it may be a huge problem... I need to tackle that before I get started...
@ Chanell, And how do ya copy paste the pics... I tried it and it just doesn't seem to work... LOL Forgive me sometimes I can be real dumb.

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I positioned the cursor over the image above, right-clicked, selected copy image from the drop-down menu, then came back here and pasted it here.

I think if you mist them regularly there shouldn't be that much moisture, but you will just have to take them down periodically and give them a good soaking. The layers of moss, etc. help hold the moisture, but keep it from dripping.
 
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@Claudine, I think you've figured out a way for me to start my fernery! That last photo is an inspiration! Actually, if I thought there was enough light, I'd do something like that middle one in my bathroom!

I think it would look wonderful! But do ferns need so much light? Mine always grow in the shadow.
String gardens look so magical!

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These are such inspiring pictures... Lol I am drooling over them... does anyone know what these flowers are? They look so delicate and pretty.

@ chanell The copy paste doesn't work unless you paste from somewhere online... I just realized that there is an option to upload file... I wonder how I didn't see it so far...
 
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I think that the root ball on the plants are covered in peat moss, which is really absorbent. There is probably some kind of net surrounding the roots and peat to keep it in one piece. You can probably dunk the roots in a bucket for a few minutes and the peat will absorb a lot of moisture that will sustain the plant for a couple of weeks. Like ChanellG said, you can mist it to keep the outside from drying out in between watering times.
 
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My mother is big on growing stuff, though usually just herbs and veggies. I think I will definitely try to make the mother's day one for her new home. Then again, her cats might try and mess with it. That would not be a good thing!

@Maddie, bummer! But at least you figured out how to upload!

@Claudine, they don't need a heck of a lot of light, but they do need some.
 
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Rather surreal looking but I can see them in homes that like simplicity but elegance. The only thing I ever grew sort of on a string was that upside tomato. These are so beautiful I need to pass these on to some friends who say they can't grow anything. Not that I think these are easy, but they are so unusual, I don't think even my friends would forget to water or care for them. Great post.
 
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Wow, these are really beautiful.

Probably too advanced for both by gardening and my decorating skills, but stunning nonetheless.
 
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I never did make one of these, but I think one key point is a soil mix that retains moisture well. Another option would be to include a watering tube to allow you to add small amounts of water to the plant ball without having to take it down and soak it. Then you could just water maybe once per week and then mist daily or periodically as needed.
 

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