The vertical garden is something which is one of the most functional and beautiful things around. They are just perfect if you are trying to grow plants indoors in a small space. Vertical gardens help home gardeners grow indoor plants in a much organized and clean manner. The best thing about vertical gardens is that they can easily grow veggies and petunias in an indoor adjustment. With a little bit of adjustment, you will be able to grow beautiful plants indoors and keep your floor space clean.
Building a vertical indoor garden is quite similar to building a vertical outdoor garden with a few exceptions. If you are growing an indoor vertical garden then the first thing that you need to decide is what kind of plant you want to grow. Each plant grows differently so make sure you do proper research before choosing your indoor vertical plant. Make sure there is adequate light for the vertical garden. You should always set up a vertical garden in a room that has an adequate amount of sunlight in it.
If you do not have access to direct sunlight then you can always use grow lights. There are multiple indoor vertical garden designs that you can choose from. Make sure the design suits your indoor space. Some of the common designs of indoor vertical gardens are stackable self-watering systems and wall-mounted potholders.
Protect your floors and walls
This is something you need to take special care of or else you might end up in trouble. You must paint the wall in which you want to set up the indoor vertical garden with waterproof paint. If you end up ignoring the wall it will surely end up getting damp. The floor should also have a proper drainage system so that the excess water from the plants does not lie around on your floor.
If you are not able to create a proper drainage system then make sure to keep a tray below the vertical garden so that the excess water gets collected in the tray. An indoor vertical garden surely looks great but is not practical if you don’t have a proper drainage system.
Deciding on what to grow
Choosing which plant to grow the first time could be a big task for new gardeners because it is important to understand what kind of plants will grow well in different weather conditions. It is recommended that gardeners should do proper research and choose the best indoor plant that suits the weather.
If you are thinking of growing a low-light houseplant then you don’t have to worry about keeping the plants in direct sunlight. Almost all plants are capable of growing indoors but few plants are easier than the others. If you are confused about what plant to grow then you should consider choosing a plant that is low maintenance and can grow in almost every condition.
Growing houseplants is probably one of the safest options out there. These plants are specifically designed for indoor conditions and will be perfect for indoor vertical gardens. Houseplants add a lot of greenery to your home making it aesthetically pleasing. You can go for Pothos which is one of the most carefree houseplants out there. They can do well in almost all weather conditions. You will be able to root a cutting from this plant in a jar of water and it will end up growing without any soil.
Spider Plant is also a great option for gardeners who are doing it for the first time. The only thing the plant needs is watering and it will grow anywhere even if it has very low access to sunlight. These plants are called spider plants because they reproduce simply by sending out shoots with a baby spider plant at the end. English Ivy is an indestructible plant. The plant likes sunlight but they will surely do well even without it. Begonia is also a classic flowering houseplant that you can consider growing because it will surely add a lot of colors to your room. This plant does not like a lot of water so make sure you water accordingly.
You can always choose to grow herbs because they are right now in trend. There are a lot of different herbs that you can choose from because almost all herbs do exceptionally well when they have access to sunlight. Herbs also smell amazing, giving your house a great odor. If you are planning to grow herbs make sure you use a wall that gets direct sunlight or else they will not be able to grow properly. Some of the popular herbs which are recommended in growing are sage, lemongrass, thyme, oregano, and rosemary. Make sure you do your proper research before deciding on growing herbs.
Growing fruits and vegetables is something you can always consider but first-timers are recommended not to try it. There are vegetables like tomatoes which are just perfect to be grown indoors because they do not need soil to grow. Most vegetables are tough to grow indoors and need a lot of care because they always need access to direct sunlight. Temperature is also quite important in growing vegetables. Some of the vegetables you can consider growing indoors are tomatoes, leafy greens, and small root crops.
Choosing the correct location
Location plays a very important role when you are trying to grow an indoor vertical garden. You will need a proper wall to set up your garden which has access to direct sunlight. If you do not have access to direct sunlight you can always make sure to set up a light that will help the plants to grow. These lights are not that expensive but they will be a lot of help to the growth of the plants.
If you are trying to grow a plant that does not require a lot of light then you might not have to set up a grow light for the plants. If you are choosing to grow a plant that needs a lot of light and using a grow light for that make sure you try a 1000W light. This light will help you grow almost all kinds of plants and vegetables in your indoor vertical garden.
Choosing a good design
There are a lot of different types of designs available in the market from which you can choose. You can look for indoor vertical wall gardens on Pinterest and Instagram for some great ideas. Make sure to choose the design that will suit your room decor. Some of the popular designs are basic shelving, hanging pots, stackable plants, and self-watering plants.
Taking care of your indoor vertical garden
The whole process of growing plants indoors is not at all easy and you will need to put a lot of effort and attention into it.
- Watering – Most plants which you will be growing in your garden will need regular watering. There are a few exceptions so make sure you have a good understanding of how much water the plant needs regularly. You can always talk to an expert or consult with the person from whom you will be buying the plants.
- Fertilizing – This is also dependent on the type of plant you are growing. Normally it is recommended that you add fertilizers every couple of months. Excess fertilizer will end up killing the plant. Use organic fertilizers to get the best results.
- Pest control – Indoor plants can also be susceptible to pests so it is recommended that you spray organic pest controlling products so that it eliminates all the fungus, mealybugs, and scale insects from the plants. Make sure to spray pests by taking the plants outdoors or keeping the room well ventilated. If you ignore this step then your plants will end up growing harmful pests in a short period. Plants with harmful pests will make your room dirty and spread rapidly across all the other plants of the room. One plant can end up infecting all the other plants. Over spraying of chemicals is also not good for the plant.
- Drainage – Indoor plants should always have a proper drainage system or else they will not be able to survive for a long time. Always make sure you make a couple of holes at the bottom of the pots so that even if you end up overwatering the soil the water will be drained out of it.
Growing a vertical indoor garden is something that has become quite popular recently. More amateur gardeners are getting their hands in gardening with indoor vertical gardens. The best thing about these gardens is that they make your room look really good. People who do not have space to set up a garden can always try a vertical garden. Gardening is not an easy hobby to pursue because it takes up a lot of time and attention. You will always have to give a lot of attention to the indoor plants or else they might all end up dying. If you are trying this for the first time make sure you choose a plant that does not need a lot of attention.
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