Preparing Your Living Wall

Step 1: The Living Wall Planters - Plant in LayersLiving Wall planter creator, Pamela Crawford recently published a new gardening e-book, “Living Wall Guide: For Outdoor Use.” In this e-book she discusses some of the basics for Living Walls, starting with preparation and plant choices for the planters.

When looking to use a Living Wall planter the first step is to choose the plants you will be using. Among your options are foliage plants, annuals, succulents and orchids. Foliage plants are ones that you would normally find in the indoor plant section of a garden center including: pothos, bromeliads, variegated peperomia, ferns, ivy, spider plant, pilea, syngonium, rhoeo, dracaena and polka dot plant. These plants will grow best in Living Walls kept in shade. Annuals truly thrive in Living Wall planters. There are many to choose from including: dragon wing begonias, purple queen or purple heart, sweet potato vines, lantana and gomphrena. Succulents are the ideal choice for Living Walls because they need little water or root space. Try planting echeveria in your planter. Orchids bloom for about two months every year but since the price of common orchids has been dropping they are a good plant to test in your Living Wall. Pamela Crawford tried planting two different kinds of butterfly orchids. She found that the larger orchids look much better in the planter than the smaller ones.

Once you decide which plants you will be using you need to prepare your planter. It’s important to use potting mix for all plants except succulents, cacti and orchids. For cacti and succulents you need to use a specially formulated mix. And for orchids you need to use an additional specialty mix. Keep in mind, if you are hanging more than one Living Wall planter together fill any unplanted holes with small balls of newspaper to keeping any potting mix from falling out.

Soak the roots of the plant for a fuller Living Wall Plant4er

When you get ready to plant place your Living Wall planter on a table and work from bottom to top. Soak the roots of each plant you are using in a bucket of water. Start with the bottom row and slip the plant through the hole with the roots going in first. After you finish planting in the bottom row add potting mix and press it down firmly into the planter. Repeat this planting process until you have filled all of the holes in your Living Wall planter. Each hole in the planter has slits on the sides so the plant won’t fall out after planting.

A Living Wall planter has many advantages including: affordability, versatility and simplicity. The side planting system uses replaceable coco liners and each other plants group together seamlessly giving your bare walls a new, exciting look. Visit Kinsman Company to purchase your Living Wall Planter with liners.