10 most frequently asked questions about living walls

Curious about green walls? Here’s 10 of the most common questions (and their answers) about decorative vertical gardens.

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A decorative green wall is a perfect addition to any space, both indoors and out. Plants can create a refreshing atmosphere and, with some clever seedling 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.

Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions, to help you decide whether or not a green wall is for you.

  • Can I grow a vertical garden indoors?
    Definitely. In fact, a green wall indoors can actually serve more than one purpose. Apart from creating living art, your 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 green wall need?
    It depends on the plant. If your 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 may need to include an LED light system in your set up. Choosing the right plants for your vertical garden, 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 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 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 vertical gardens 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 $79 with our basic ten pot set up.
  • How much on-going maintenance does a decorative 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. Hydroponic systems will require a greater understanding of the technology and will require a lot more maintenance.
  • How do I water a vertical garden?
    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 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 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. Vertical gardens are also a great way to showcase your succulent collection.
  • If I move, can I take my vertical garden with me?
    Yes. One of the main benefits of a simple 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 vertical gardens - 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 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 green wall could be a great way to partition a room - especially an open plan area like an office or restaurant.

Hopefully, these FAQs have helped shed some light on your vertical garden questions. If there’s something else you’d like to know, contact us. One of our vertical garden experts will assist in answering anything else you’d like to know.