How to create your very own indoor living green wall

How to create your very own indoor living green wall

Aside from the obvious visual appeal of a living green wall, there are many advantages to having a large number of plants indoors.

Because the plants are arranged vertically, you can fit a good number of plants into a small space. For example, a 15 sq. metre wall produces as much oxygen as a four-metre tree.

Another advantage is that the green wall will muffle the noise in a room as vegetation is known to absorb sound.

1. Location

You must place your living wall in a place that gets enough light.

Natural light is preferable as it promotes the production of chlorophyll and photosynthesis. And the more light there is, the more variety in patterns, textures and colours you’ll have to choose from.

If natural light is lacking, you can always supplement with grow lamps.

2. Design

A quick look on Pinterest will suffice to demonstrate the vast number of possibilities when it comes to designing your living green wall.

The most enthusiastic environmentalists will see it as a golden opportunity to recycle, giving a second life to objects that may have otherwise ended up in the recycling bin or garbage.

Wood palettes, tin cans, soft drink bottles, rainspouts and gutters, piping are just some of the things that have found their way into green wall designs.

It’s also important to water evenly for uniform growth, along with equal amounts of water and sun, regardless of their location in the wall.

Lazy gardeners will likely go for the self-watering types of green walls, keeping in mind that the pump and conduits will need cleaning from time to time.

Another consideration is how much the wall is going to weigh and to make sure the wall can support the additional load. On average, living green walls weigh between 4.5 and 5.4 kilograms per 30 sq. centimetres.

Call your insurer

Your vertical garden entails a certain degree of risk of water damage, so it’s a good idea to call your to make sure you’ve got the right coverage.

3. Choosing plants

If your home is blessed with plenty of light then your wall will be able to sustain a greater variety of plants!

You can play around with colours and textures to get the effect you’re looking for.

One thing is for sure, your garden centre will be of great assistance in helping you choose the ideal plants for your wall.

  • Climbing ivy
  • Dracaena reflexa
  • Davallia Fejeensis
  • Echeveria elegans

Low-light options

There are a number of plants that do quite well in low light.

  • Sansevieria
  • Moon flower

Wall of bounty

The possibilities for your green wall are endless, and it’s a great opportunity to include edibles. If you have a green thumb and an interest in growing things to eat, then herbs, fruit such as strawberries, and vegetables can be grown year-round.

And how about edible flowers like nasturtiums, which add a splash of colour.

4. Watering and maintenance

If your living wall includes an irrigation system, you’ll spend very little time watering your plants and worrying whether they are getting enough water.

Be careful not to overwater and risk water damage if you don’t have an irrigation system. Choose plants that have similar water requirements and are not overly fussy.

If the plants are still in pots, remove them from time to time to clean and to check for disease and insects, and a trim.