Planting your LiveWall product is quite easy and fun, and involves just a few Simple Steps.
First: Consider your light exposure
South facing walls will be sunny. East and west facing walls partially sunny/shady, and north facing walls shady.
Second: Consider Your Climate: Cold, Warm, Hot or Tropical
The combination of climate and light exposure will allow you to know which plants will work in your particular setting.
Your Plant Choice(s) May Involve the Following Types of Plants:
Last one season then die, but yield tremendous ongoing color display.
Last indefinitely and every 3 to 5 years will need to be divided to prevent overcrowded root systems.
Fleshy leaved perennials that are unique in that they don’t typically become root bound and therefore can potentially last for decades without having to be replaced.
Vegetables and Small Fruits
Food bearing plants like beans, peppers, peas, lettuce, spinach, and strawberries.
Culinary and seasoning plants that often last one season in cold climates and live for several years in warmer climates.
Plants that trail downward and/or climb upward.
Once You Have Decided What Plants You Want to Grow, Pair the Plant Type With Suitable Potting Soil.
How much soil will I need for my LiveWall plantings?
Our standard size planters are available in two widths. The soil volume of each planter is:
8″ wide – 0.087 cubic feet
16″ wide – 0.17 cubic feet
Our large planters come in a single width. The soil volume of each planter is:
16″ wide – 0.4 cubic feet
Note: Depending on the soil type and starter plant size, additional soil may need to be ordered to account for settling.
What type of soil should I use in a green wall?
The makeup of the growing medium depends upon the plants you choose to grow.
For Annuals, Vegetables, Small Fruits, and Herbs
Plants are expected to be used for one full year need a good quality peat-based or coconut fiber-based potting soil. These are available at your local garden center.
For Perennials, Vines and Tropicals
Plants that are expected to last for 3 to 5 years before dividing, you will want to use a good quality potting soil, with perlite or pumice and/or composted pine bark. Such potting soils will tend to decompose less.
For Succulent Plants
Plants that can last decades without repotting, you will want to use the LiveWall soil for succulents or a good quality mix that is made for rock gardening. The unique quality of such mixes is that they have a high mineral content (e.g. perlite, pumice, or hyalite) and less organic matter, and therefore do not decompose over time. You’re trying to match the life expectancy of the plant material.
Growing The Plants
Once You Have Selected Your Plants and a Soil That Matches Your Plants It Is Time to Plant Them
And, with this you have three choices. You can transplant small plants into your WallTer inserts. You can grow them from seeds yourself. Or, you can hire it done and have your plants arrive grown and ready for spring placement into your WallTer wall planters.
Transplanting Small Plants
This is very easy, first fill your WallTer inserts to the top with soil (you can clean and reuse inserts year after year or buy new ones from LiveWall.com). Inserts come in 16 inch and 8 inch lengths.
Then, using small transplantable plants from your local garden center:
Transplant them into the WallTer inserts – match the soil depth of the original plantlet to the soil depth in the WallTer insert.
Topdress with a tablespoonful of slow release granular fertilizer (from LiveWall.com or your local garden center).
Then place in the WallTer wall planter for maturation and enjoyment – you will be amazed at the growth.
Growing From Seed
This is very easy, and most appropriate with vegetables. First, fill your WallTer inserts to the top with soil (you can clean and reuse your inserts year after or buy new ones from LiveWall.com). Inserts come in 16 inch and 8 inch lengths.
Sow the seed, at the recommended spacing and depth (this information is on the seed packet) into the WallTer inserts. The general rule of thumb is to sow the seep at a depth of 3x the width of the seed.
Keep the soil moist by hand watering with a fine spray nozzle until the seeds have germinated and become well rooted and established. Then, switch to watering just once per day (with the built in irrigation system).
This is for the person that is short on time or who wants to maximize the growing season. If you chose this option, simply ask your local greenhouse grower to plant up the WallTer inserts for you and deliver them in well established condition during early spring.
Once Your Planted Inserts are Placed in Your WallTers, You Simply Follow The Maintenance Guidelines Outlined in our Living Wall Maintenance Guide.
The main thing is to establish the correct amount of irrigation run time. It is typically only 1 to 3 minutes per day, depending upon exposure and climate (adjust for your conditions).
You will also need to fertilize and you can do this with the FertileEarth fertilizer injector that will administer a dilute amount of fertilizer every time the system is watered. Or, you can apply a granular slow release fertilizer by hand. the maintenance guide goes into more detail and your local garden center professional can help you with this as well.