Behind the Scenes of a Living Green Wall
A living green wall creates a visual impact on visitors to your space it mystifies the average viewer. How plants stay healthy and in place seems like magic, but it’s due to careful planning and maintenance. Living walls, just like healthy gardens planted in the earth, are designed layer by layer with plants chosen to succeed in a given set of conditions.
The key to a successful living green wall is sufficient planning to ensure all plants stay healthy over time. This includes making sure to have enough water and nutrients giving them enough room to breathe. It also includes selecting plants, which will stay healthy and vibrant, in the framework of the green wall.
How Do Plants Stay in The Wall?
For the viewer, plants in a green wall seem to be suspended as if growing directly into the wall itself. Underneath the layers of plants, is a framework panel structure, which holds the plants in place. The root systems of the plants grow into the framework creating a bond that helps them stay put. Panels are often infused with nutrients, encouraging plant health. To Reiterate, planning is vital to ensure a successful design and installation.
How Do Plants Stay Healthy in a Green Wall?
To stay healthy, plants need water, nutrients, and proper lighting. Living green walls , which deliver what plants need, without oversaturation or structural water damage. Some plant walls systems incorporate drip irrigation systems, which waters the entire system. While others use some form of recirculation systems. To do this, additional infrastructure such as plumbing, electric, and drainage may be required.
In recirculation systems, an irrigation tank is often placed under or behind the wall to capture, any excess water collected. Water is then recirculated within the system. Recirculation systems keep the amount of water used on green wall plants to a minimum, helping to conserve water.
What Kind of Maintenance is Required?
If allowed to grow unchecked, the plant's design can escape from the structure, especially plants that grow quickly. Some plant types can grow as much as 18 inches in one season, leading them to overwhelm other plants within the design.
In addition to trimming and pruning plants that grow out of check, maintenance will help monitor plant health and ensure the irrigation and nutrient systems are functioning properly.
If you are interested in having a living wall installed in your residential or commercial space, Plant Solutions can help. Our team can help with planning and installation of the right plants, and other elements, to create the look you want in a living green wall. Contact us at 480.585.8501 to get started.