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What You Should Know About Vertical Gardening

Written by Amir Tajer

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Posted on January 19 2021

Live plants aren't just a pretty decoration. They're also a great way to improve the general vibe of a space, remove toxins and other impurities from the air, and liven up a dull, drab office space.

Potted plants have long been the go-to for both homes and corporate environments, but more and more, people are embracing the "vertical garden," a great way to maximize your green space in a small place.

What is Vertical Gardening?

potted plants in a vertical garden or wall garden

Vertical gardening is a way to suspend plants on a wall or other vertical surface, using hydroponics or even soil planting.

It's also known as a "wall garden" or "greenwall," though all three names describe the same type of planting.

Instead of putting plants or pots in the ground, vertical gardening creates the greenwall by using vertical planters and hydroponic techniques to nourish and grow the plants.

Hydroponics is a technique of growing plants without soil, and therefore can be a great alternative, especially for people who don't wish to have the extensive maintenance of potted plants or more traditional gardening.

It's a type of planting with a long history, with bigger yields, less mess, and faster growth.

Plus, it has the advantage of water conservation, making it an environmentally friendly type of planting.

What Are the Benefits of Growing a Vertical Garden?

Leafy greens in a hydroponics system on a vertical garden wall

Growing a vertical garden gives you flexibility. While many vertical gardens are grown on a wall, these can also be free-standing installations.

This means that you can use them in a conference room, put them alongside a regular room divider or add a welcoming pop of green to an office lobby.

People working in office spaces are often exposed to all kinds of toxic chemicals, including formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.

Many types of plants can help naturally filter these out of the air you breathe, which can make employees happier and reduce sick time.

What Can You Grow in a Vertical Garden?

grow lettuce in a vertical garden

There are many different types of plants that can be grown in vertical planters, from flowering and berry vines to food crops including tomatoes, peas, and squash.

Edible flowers can also be grown in a walled garden, which are lovely to look at and will bloom year-round.

Another thing to consider about your vertical garden is where you'll place it.

Many plants can grow in a vertical garden, but you'll have the most success if you match your plants with the type of natural lighting that they prefer.

Speak with your local green house about the type of plants that prefer morning sun, afternoon sun, or that can grow best under indoor lighting like is commonly found in office spaces.

What Are the Best Practices For Vertical Gardening?

plants in a vertical garden

Care and attention are the most important things for a successful greenwall, and understanding your plants is the best first step towards doing so.

If you aren't familiar with plants, find out how much water they need, the amount of sunlight, and any specific nutrients that a plant needs to bloom its best.

Fertilize Your Garden For Success

At Greenway Biotech, we have a variety of fertilizers specially designed for gardens of all types, from the traditional to the vertical.

Vertical gardens especially, love slow release, organic fertilizers. 

If you aren't sure where to start, we can help! Give us a call or visit us online and let us know what you want to grow.

Then, we can help match you with the right formula for your needs!

 

 

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