What is a Living Wall?
It is a wall that’s completely covered with greenery and contains a growing environment for the plants.
They are comprised of plants grown using hydroponics in supported vertical systems. These systems are generally attached to an internal or external wall that is partially or completely covered.
In some cases, the living wall can be freestanding which means not attached. They usually incorporate vegetation, growing medium, irrigation and drainage into a single system.
Living walls are different from green facades in that they incorporate multiple containerized plantings to create the vegetation cover rather than being reliant on fewer numbers of plants that climb and spread to provide cover. They are also known as “green walls” or “ vertical garden”.
How do Living Walls and Vertical Gardening Work?
It’s always the question that comes to our minds whenever we see a green wall or a vertical garden. How this actually works? How the plants get their needs? And how that living wall remains clean? So many questions right??
Well, there are many existing different living wall technologies. Of course, new ones are being developed every year. so regardless of what type of living wall system. Most living walls have one of two types of working systems: recirculating and direct irrigation.
The functioning of the vertical garden depends on what type of living wall system has been installed. There are certain living wall systems which are known to be having hidden pipes that would provide the self-watering facility to ensure that the plants remain healthy and receive a sufficient amount of water and food.
On the other hand, there are certain other green walls systems that will make use your hands for sure! in which you need hand-watering like smaller living walls. The great thing about this kind of systems is that you don’t need any electricity or plumbing in your living wall, which keeps it simple and basically original.
Why a Living Wall? How Do Living Walls Help the Environment?
Well, nowadays people are losing space in their homes. The flats get smaller and the houses barely contain any kind of greenery, so is there a solution? Definitely yeah, and for this specific reason, the living walls are here.
They are a wonderful solution for any house owner interested in improving their space with the great benefits of our mother-nature.
As mentioned up there one of the biggest reasons for inventing the vertical gardening is the augmentation of air pollution and the loss of green spaces to the new lifestyle people choose, where they prefer to have walls instead of greenery and nature.
The good thing about these living walls is that it helps the environment in the same ways that normal plants help.
First of all by reducing noise, pollution (cause they have a great capacity for noise reduction). They also help to filter out pollutants by breathing them in and then exchanging them for clean, fresh, clear oxygen…
Moreover, the concept of living walls infuse comes to not just for its natural benefits but also to offer an inspirational and aesthetically intriguing natural boost to people morale and lives.
So whether it was installed on the exterior or interior of a building, the structures of living, and the way of living upgrades to the next healthy level. Especially that we live now in a world where greenery gets less and less so having some inside your home or in the outside of your building. It surely adds elegance and life to your already existing life.
Best Living Wall Planters?
Once you understand the concept of living wall and vertical gardening. The next thing that crosses your mind is definitely what are the plants that I can use in this living wall? Are there any special plants to use?
Well, the correct selection definitely plays a great role in how our living walls look like. Of course, the types of plants vary depending on the areas in which they are grown, the plants grown outside the building might be different than the ones grown inside.
Basically, the plants grown outside the building should be plants that use the light, heat and air to maximize their growth. On the other side for the plants growing indoor must be those who have the ability to adapt as much as possible to the darkness and lack of light in general.
One more thing to take in consideration is that the location in which the building is located might play a big role in what kind of plants to choose for your living wall.
Hotness, coldness and areas containing moisture are all things that you need to take in consideration, because after all, not every plant can adapt to all climatic changes.
And here are some plants that you can use in your living walls:
Indoor: Pothos, Lipstick plant, Rabbit’s foot fern.
Outdoor: Bird nest fern, Baby tears.
Where Can Living Walls Be Used? Watering a Vertical Garden?
As mentioned in the previous paragraphs, vertical gardening came as a solution for the rising problem of pollution and lack of space.
So as an answer for this question the living walls can be used in every single place you want, inside your house, outside the house, in the commercial centers and in all kind of offices and facilities that a human being can use.
One of the things that concern most of the people when it comes to the living walls is the watering technique, I mean how it comes to water a vertical garden without making a miss.
Well most of the living walls, especially the huge ones, are automatically irrigated without the need for intervention, in which they are designed with a drip-irrigation system.
It maximizes the use of water and is set up using an automated system that times the irrigation to minimize water waste.
Recirculation systems are the most efficient, WHY? Simple because they reuse the water repeatedly, pumping the water from the bottom to the top, until there’s no water left, the tank is then refilled. Alternatively, direct irrigation is an option for spaces that don’t have room for tanks like the small living walls.
How Long a Living Wall Can Last?
Well, no one can tell how a living wall can last. as all, we know that it’s durability depends on the life of plants that it contains, in which we can’t tell how long they can live, they will continue to live until their roots run out of space and can’t grow any larger.