Indoor Vertical Gardening - All You Need to Know

Updated: Jul 6, 2020

What is indoor vertical garden?

In vertical gardens plants 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 wonderful alternative to regular potted plants in your home or the office.

Benefits of a vertical garden?

Vertical gardens don't just look great, they are beneficial in so many different ways to the quality of life:

  • better air quality

  • beautiful aesthetics

  • 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 reducing wall surface temperature

Vertical gardens are a significant part of Biophilic Design and you are eager to learn more about the whole concept and why is it good for you, take a look at the previous article Biophilic Interior Design and Why Is it Good for You.

Are vertical gardens hard to maintain?

Vertical gardens are much easier to maintain than a regular garden simply due to its position and the fact that you will need to spend less time fighting pests and disease. 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.

How do you water an indoor vertical garden?

Depending on what type of plants you choose it will determent how often you need to water it. Normally if you choose decorative type it will require once or twice a week, but if you choose spice herbs - it will be once a day (preferably early morning or evening). Either way make sure you read the care instructions before purchasing any plants. Another option, if you travel a lot and can't dedicate yourself to maintain a live green wall, it might be a good idea to invest in a self-watering system (the one I found on Amazon is a perfect carefree and affordable solution). If you decide to water it yourself make sure you place the wall within your reach (unless you don't mind climbing some steps).

What plants grow well in a vertical garden?

A significant number of plants can grow successfully in a vertical environment. Depending on if you are after a decorative or an edible green wall, pick your favourite plants.

Decorative plants perfect for a vertical garden:

  • Ferns - known for their fast growth, adaptability and humidity resistance.

  • Bromeliads - ideal with their shallow roots and small size.

  • Pothos - southeast Asian climbing plant, super easy to maintain and even in low light situation.

  • Lipstick plant - it survives dry conditions with ease.

  • Wedding Vine - known as very fairly tolerant plant towards wet or dry conditions.

  • Peace Lily - if you want a beautiful flower amongst the green, also easy to maintain.

Take a look at some beautiful indoor vertical garden ideas:

Herbs ideal for a vertical garden

For herbs to grow well indoors, they need a good amount of natural light. Place them near a window that faces south and receives a minimum 6 hours of daylight. Once you found the perfect spot you can start growing your faves:

  • Basil

  • Dill

  • Lavender

  • Chives

  • Mint

  • Parsley

  • Oregano

  • Lemon balm

  • Chives

Some for your inspiration:

Etsy is a perfect place to find some creative solutions for your vertical garden (click on the image to shop)

How do you make a vertical garden at home?

I found some really inspiring and great quality videos to help you build your own vertical garden easily (it will save you from some unnecessary costs too). Good luck and let me know how it all turned out! :) Feel free to send your finished project and the best one will be added to this post with all the credits of course. Hope these were some useful answers and if you still have more questions feel free to drop me an email and I'll be happy to answer.

Complete Guide To a Sustainable & Healthy Home

1. Luke Arthur Wells - "How I build and indoor living plant wall".

2. Justina from Eye on Design (video from POPSUGAR home) - "How to Make a DIY Indoor Living Plant Wall | Eye on Design"

Other articles you might like:

Wish you all a wonderful week!



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