Updated: Oct 24, 2021
What Is Indoor Vertical Garden?
A vertical garden is filled with plants that grow on a vertically suspended panel by using integrated hydration and fertigation delivery system. They can either be freestanding or attached to a wall. While regular standing potted plants have the advantage of being placed anywhere, they can take up more space and require lots of care in order to thrive. Vertical gardens are a fantastic alternative to smaller spaces.
Vertical Garden Benefits
Vertical gardens don't just look great, they can also increase our overall wellbeing:
better air quality
maximising a space usage
better quality produce (especially if you are growing vegetables/herbs the right way)
it reduces noise
better temperature balance
it acts like an extra insulation
significant energy savings by lowering wall surface temperature
Vertical gardens are a significant part of Biophilic Design. However, if you are eager to learn more about the whole concept and how to incorporate nature indoors, read the previous article. Or if you if you're looking to learn more in depth about the Biophilic interior design - take a look at Online course by Oliver Heath (use at checkout code 'bab10' for 10% off).
Is It Difficult To Maintain Vertical Garden?
Vertical gardens are much easier to maintain than a regular garden simply due to their position and the fact you'll spend less time fighting pests and diseases. Succulents are one of the most loved plants for a vertical garden as they are colourful and super easy to maintain. I suggest picking the plants that require a similar amount of water and sunlight. Here is all you need to know when it comes to maintaining a vertical garden:
How often should you water an indoor vertical garden?
There is no difference between watering your regular potted plants/herbs or watering the vertically grown. Ultimately it will only depend on what type of greenery you choose. Generally speaking, if you choose decorative type, it will require once or twice a week, but if you grow herbs like basil, mint or similar - it needs watering every other day. Either way, make sure you read the care instructions before purchasing any plants.
How do you water a vertical garden?
You can opt for manual watering, or you could set up a drip irrigation system. The self-watering system is the perfect solution for travellers who enjoy having a natural indoor garden but don't have the time to maintain it.
Do you have a dark, windowless bathroom but still want to grow a junglelicious green wall?
Take a look at this post to find out what plants will thrive even in bathrooms without a natural light source, and turn your dream into reality.
What Plants Grow Best In Vertical Gardens?
You can grow almost any plant you would typically pick as your regular potted plant; however, let's be honest - some plants just look better than others in a vertical environment.
Depending on your natural light situation, choose your plants wisely:
Fern - loves indirect light, known for their fast growth, adaptability and humidity resistance.
Bromeliads - indirect sunlight or dappled shade, ideal with their shallow roots and small size.
Pothos - southeast Asian climbing plant, super easy to maintain even in low light.
Lipstick plant - it survives dry conditions with ease, requires bright light for a portion of the day.
Peace Lily - if you want beautiful blooms amongst the green. Super easy to keep alive. It can survive almost any light condition except direct light.
Spider plant - like even moisture, keep it in bright to moderate indirect sunlight.
Find all everything you need for your urban jungle at our carefully curated Plant Shop.
Indoor Vertical Garden Ideas
Some plants are great natural dehumidifiers. Take a look at the previous post to learn which indoor plants can significantly reduce humidity in your home.
Herbs Ideal For Vertical Garden
For herbs to grow well indoors, they need a good amount of natural light. So place them near a window that faces south and receives a minimum of 6 hours of daylight. Once you found the perfect spot, you can start growing your faves:
Vertical Herb Garden For Your Inspiration
Vertical Garden Essentials
Covering every little bit you need to build/mount or create a beautiful stand alone vertical oasis and enjoy the view. From tools, accessories to choosing the right soil.
1. Wall Mount Vertical Garden
Get the wall garden on Amazon.
Get the Living Green Picture at Foli8.co.uk.
You can easily hang this vertical planter anywhere without making holes in the wall. Perfect rental friendly option! Get the planter on Etsy.
If you really don't want to make any damages to your rental unit - stand alone plant shelving is a perfect choice. You can order this wood shelving on Amazon.
If you can't commit just yet to the whole garden, how about a live wall artwork instead. If you fancy this one, you can get it on Etsy.
Living wall starter kit by Horticus living is a perfect solution for all interior styles. It can be customised to fit your space no matter what size.
2. Organic Coir Compost for Indoor Vertical Garden
I've tried different option, but when it comes to indoor plants or vertical garden I would always opt for organic coco coir because it's light, all of my plants have developed strong roots and healthy foliage. It's easy to hydrate and rehydrate. All you need to do is add water and it will expand to over 70 litres worth of compost in minutes. Give it a go and let me know what you think.
4. Manual Vertical Garden Watering
Hey, just because it's an ordinary watering method, who says it can't be done with an extraordinary cute can? 😊 You can also personalise it with an engraved message on a handle. Check out this beauty on Etsy.
5. Self Watering System For Vertical Garden
I hear you, now everyone has time to water gazillion plants and sing to them. Enters automatic irrigation system! Set it up depending you needs and you are free as a bird (even if you're gone for 30 days). Btw did you know that drip irrigation systems can save up to 70% in water savings than traditional sprinklers. Not to mention it can water 10 plants at simultaneously. Check the automated watering system on Amazon.
6. Vertical Garden Tools Kit
Yes, you can use an old spoon, fork or ladle. But you can also step up and get a set of cute gardening tools. Made from durable iron and tactile mango wood handles, this gardening pair is an urban gardener must-have. Fancy getting one yourself? Visit nkuku.com.