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Wanted: A Planter for Growing Vertical Gardens Indoors

Urbio can turn an apartment’s walls a lush little garden.

Wanted: A Planter for Growing Vertical Gardens Indoors

One of the crappy things about living in a small apartment is that you never have the room or the means to grow a garden — unless, of course, you’re willing to share a bed with your cacti.

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A smarter (and safer) alternative comes courtesy of Enlisted Design and Volare Studio in the Bay Area. Their idea: If you can’t put plants in the ground, you might as well throw ’em up on something apartments have in spades, the walls.

So they started a Kickstarter campaign to develop Urbio, a nice-looking, minimal plastic pot that attaches to walls, refrigerators, ceilings — pretty much any surface you can think of. Each pot has ultra-strong magnets integrated into the back that latch onto a mount. Screw the mount into the wall, and voila! You’ve got a mini garden sprouting up next the light switch.

When it’s time to water the plants, you pluck them off the mount and run them under the faucet. A slab of white pumice at the bottom of the pots captures excess water.

Urbio’s designers hope to raise $15,000 in the next 33 days to “complete the tooling portion of this project.” Pledge here.

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About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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