Curious about living green walls? Here are 10 of the most common questions (and their answers) about decorative living green walls.
A decorative living green wall is the perfect addition to any space, both indoors and out. Plants can create a refreshing atmosphere and, with some clever planting choices, you can turn a green wall into artwork. The best part of growing in a simple, soil-based system, is that you don’t need to be a seasoned gardener to get great results.
One of our recent articles discusses the many benefits of installing a GrowUp green wall system:
- The system is cost-effective.
- Our simple, modular design, is easy to ship and install.
- It addresses the needs of multiple markets, and can easily be upscaled.
- It is user-friendly.
- The system is extremely durable, and low-maintenance.
- It’s energy and water efficient.
- GrowUp’s green wall system is cleverly designed to produce instant results.
- Being new to the market, the system offers the opportunity for resellers to gain exclusive distribution rights in their region, creating new business opportunities.
Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions, to help you decide whether or not a living green wall is for you.
Can I grow a living green wall indoors?Definitely. In fact, a living green wall indoors can actually serve more than one purpose. Apart from creating living art, your living green wall could house herbs and salad greens (producing delicious fresh ingredients for your kitchen), not to mention the health benefits that indoor plants bring with them, as a bonus benefit.
How much light does a living green wall need?It depends on the plant. If your living green wall will be indoors, you’ll need to select plants that enjoy low-light conditions. If there’s absolutely no natural light in the room, or if you’re growing herbs or vegetables, you will need to include an LED light system in your set up. Choosing the right plants for your living green wall, depending on where it will be installed, is crucial, so if you’re not sure about whether a plant will survive in low-light conditions, ask an expert at your local nursery.
Do you need a professional to install a living green wall?This depends on the size and complexity of your green wall. If it’s a simple home system, you’ll quite easily be able to do it all yourself. However, if your living green wall includes hundreds of pots (in an office for example) it may be a better idea to use a preferred partner to help install and maintain your vertical garden.
How much do living green walls cost to install and maintain?This depends entirely on the size and complexity of the system, and the plants that you choose to use. The GrowUp system starts at $25 per square foot. You will need to add plants and installation costs to calculate your overall cost.
How much ongoing maintenance does a living green wall require?A simple soil-based system requires minimal maintenance. Once you’ve set everything up, you can set your irrigation to switch on automatically, and occasionally clean the water in the tank. Since plants are living organisms you will need to keep an eye on how they are doing in the environment, periodically check the watering cycle to ensure optimal watering, and remove dead leaves or flower heads. Trimming plants regularly will help them maintain a good, tight shape for your green wall and keep your green wall looking great.
Hydroponic systems will require a greater understanding of the technology and will require a lot more maintenance.
Are you interested in finding out about what kind of maintenance mistakes you should look out for when taking care of your indoor green wall, Click Here and check out our informative blog to find out more!
How do I water a living green wall?The irrigation system in the GrowUp system is fully automated and all you have to do is adjust the timer periodically to ensure the plants are getting the right amount of water.
- How long will it take for my living green wall to mature?
This depends a lot on the system you choose. Some systems require a long time for the plants to grow-in and hide all of the hardware, and some systems require small plants to be planted directly to the system and allowed to grow-in. The unique hexagonal design of the GrowUp system allows for an instant effect if desired. 4” of 6” plants can be transplanted off-site and the wall can have a beautiful, full and finished look the day it is installed.
What plants can I grow in my living green wall?If you’re planting edibles, you can plant a wide range of leafy salad greens, herbs and smaller plants (like strawberries). As far as decorative plants go, most small to medium indoor plants and creepers (like ivy) can be grown in a vertical garden. Living green walls are also a great way to showcase your succulent collection.
If I move, can I take my living green wall with me?Yes. One of the main benefits of a modular green wall system, especially one that uses a pot system is that you can take it with you whenever you move. This is great for families that are renting their homes, and don’t want to put time, effort and money into somebody else’s garden. Some living green walls - take note when purchasing yours - can simply be disassembled, transported and reassembled (plants in pots intact) on the other side.
Is it possible to plant a living green wall as a room partition?You’d need to set up two system’s back to back, to be able to get the full effect of greenery on both sides, but yes, a living green wall could be a great way to partition a room - especially an an open plan area like an office or restaurant.
Hopefully these FAQs have helped shed some light on your living green wall questions. If there’s something else you’d like to know, contact us. One of our living green wall experts will assist in answering anything else you’d like to know.