Vertical gardens are a fantastic option for gardeners who lack enough garden-bed space. By growing “up!” gardeners are able to maximize the vertical space that they have to grow whatever they would like! Perfect for indoors or out, a vertical garden is just the solution for any gardener looking to maximize a small amount of space with beautiful indoor plants. Learn the vertical gardening basics below:
Placement Is Important
It’s true that vertical gardens can grow just about anywhere, even indoors! The location of your garden will depend purely on the types of plants grown. If you choose to incorporate lots of succulents, you’ll need an area that gets good afternoon shade! If growing an Ivy or vine, try placing it in a darker corner of your home. Make sure all of your plants require the same levels of light for the easiest care.
Choose Your Plants Wisely
At the end of the day, a healthy vertical garden is almost impossible to grow if the right plants aren’t grown and featured. Incorporate plants like, Pothos, Ivy, Rosary Vine, air plants, Lipstick Plant, among others are all great additions. Believe it or not, strawberry plants are actually extremely easy to grow in a vertical garden! You can learn how to grow them using my vertical garden method here. Other great veggies for vertical gardening include radishes, garlic, and onions. These even make wonderful indoor plants, just as long as they get plenty of sunlight and are pollinated (if needed) by hand.
They’ll Need Frequent Watering
Because the gardens are more compact and there’s a small amount of soil, you may find that your plants need frequent watering. If it’s hard to maintain and you often find yourself forgetting to water, it is recommended that you install a drip-irrigation system. I recommend using this irrigation system here.
Establish Roots Before Gardening
When planting things like succulents, it’s best to let plants grow in a regular container for a few weeks first. Planting flat prior to transplanting plants to a vertical garden will give plants the opportunity to establish roots and secure themselves into the soil.
Thinking Of Creating Your Own?
If you’re really thinking about creating your own vertical garden, you can easily do so using your own recycled pallets, a wooden trellis, steel mesh, or even a fabric shoe organizer! The options are endless are there are different kinds of vertical gardens for everyone and you can see a few of my favorite vertical hanging garden ideas here.
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