No matter your skill level, there are gardening tips and tricks every plant lover can learn from!
Planting a whole wall?
- Plant into the back of the Pocket, so the plant’s roots touch the felt tongue.
- Start at the top so falling dirt doesn’t damage the plants below.
- Don’t stuff the Pocket too tight with dirt.
- The soil level should be even across the top, about 1⁄2” below the front fabric lip so that water won’t roll off the surface.
- Keep in mind the roots of the plant must reach into the reservoir found at the bottom of the Pocket. If the plant is too small and immature for its roots to reach into the reservoir, then you will want to angle your plant slightly, so its roots reach towards the back of the planter. This way the roots will reach the water as it flows past the roots into the reservoir.
- Don’t be afraid to get dirty! When re-potting plants from their pots into our planters, you will want to loosen up the root system (and get rid of root-balls first) before you put them in the planter. You really can’t hurt the roots too much, so don’t be afraid to use some force getting them loose.
Create a Thriving Environment
- Our world’s environment changes everywhere you go and every plant is different from one another, so please choose plants that have the same light, water, and soil requirements.
- Heat rises so remember if you have rows of planters, the higher ones will dry out faster than the ones at the bottom. Keep in mind you may need to water the top row a bit more than the bottom and middle rows.
- Although we give a great list of plants below of what works best in our planters, we also suggest you contact your local garden center or nursery. These professionals will know best what plants grow in your region as well as irrigation needs and artificial lighting needs.
The 3 P’s of Plant Sizes
- Pick a plant that grows at least 12” tall so that it will hide the felt above
- Plan on one to five plants per Pocket, depending on their size and rooting habits. Match plants with similar needs (soil, light, food). 1 gallon, 6” and 8” container sizes are best.
- Patience, smaller plants will need time to grow in and larger plants will need to be root-pruned or bare-rooted to fit!
Spillers, Fillers, and Thrillers
Arrange plants before planting the select varieties from the following categories in the order listed:
Plants that hang over the Pocket’s edges such as Pothos and Heartleaf Philodendron creeping fig (Ficus Pumila aka Ficus Repens). Use the “Spill” plants, which drape down, to cover the edges of the Pockets.
The exciting stuff, like Bromeliads, Orchids, and Dracaena. Add the “Thrill” plants as focal points and to create a dynamic visual composition.
Plants that fill-in-blank space such as ferns, Philodendron ‘Xanadu’ and Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia hybrids). Finish with the “Fill” plants to fill in and cover the Pockets between the other plants.
The wall should look as full and lush as possible immediately upon planting, with as little Pocket showing as possible!
6 Steps to Designing your Living Wall
- Choose a “theme” for the wall, either a particular site condition (Hover option: full sun, full shade, windy, sea exposure, etc.) or an idea (Hover option: edible, herbs, springtime, fall color, etc.).
- Define a color palette starting with a dominant color or two and then some secondary colors to complement or contrast. Pick one color to avoid and stick with it.
- Select varieties from the following categories: Spill, Thrill, and Fill
- Use the “Spill” plants, which should drape down to cover the edges of the Pockets, as a frame along edges of your wall.
- Next, add the “Thrill” plants as focal points and to create a dynamic visual composition.
- Finally, use the “Fill” plants to fill in and cover the Pockets between the other plants. Use big, full plants! The wall should look as full and lush as possible immediately upon planting!