Name of Product: Worth Garden 36 Pockets Hanging Vertical Garden Living Wall Planter with Dripping Hose Self-Watering.
The Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.co.uk
Product Dimensions: 495cm x 33cm x 34cm.
Shipping Weight: 6.8kg.
My Score: 8/10
in this article, we will be discussing why you need wall planters in your garden. When you are in the garden, especially in summer, where you tend to be sitting down enjoying a glass of wine or two (or a beer); you often look around your garden, enjoying all your containers and beds full of beautiful flowers, vegetables, fruits and herbs. Then suddenly in the corner of your eye, you see a bare wall, or a fence that could look much better, or a side of an outbuilding that looks like so out of place.
You wonder what you can do to beautify them, apart from painting it, and suddenly you have a brainwave and think ‘Can I grow plants on these surfaces?‘ and ‘How do I make this possible?‘
You may also live in a home with not much horizontal growing space but instead, you have a courtyard-type garden, which is surrounded by many vertical walls. You could paint them white and stare at them all day, or you can grow a green, living wall, where you can use vertical plants full of colourful plants to cover these ‘eyesores’.
This is where hanging vertical gardens come into play, as they can be used to grow beautiful plants in.
WHAT IS A HANGING VERTICAL LIVING WALL?
As indicated in the introduction this product is a vertical hanging system, which can be hung on bare, vertical surfaces to cover them with plants of your choosing.
It is a system that has 36 pockets so that you can plant 36 plants, one in each pocket. This will give to you a wonderfully productive and colourful display, especially in summer that will make your neighbours jealous.
The kit comes with 12 wall planters, where each wall planter has 3, good-sized pockets. This will give a total of 36 pockets to grow your desired plants in. The beauty of the system is that you can use as many or few wall planters you need. The system is therefore very adaptable so depending on where you live and how much vertical space available to you.
IT COMES WITH AN AUTOMATIC DRIPPING SYSTEM
The main advantage is that it comes with an automatic dripping system. This allows the wall planters to become self-watering providing enough water for days, meaning the plant will survive if you go on holiday.
All you need to do is connect the dripping hose to your outside tap and make sure that water drips on the upmost rows of wall planters. The water will then pass through the pockets and reach each succeeding row. This will ensure that all plants are adequately watered therefore making sure that no stagnant water remains.
You may ask what happens if I do not have an outside tap? Then you can still water with a hose or watering can, but you will have to do it at regular intervals especially so in hot weather, where watering twice a day may be required.
To aid watering you have to ensure that the surface the planters are attached to is flat (i.e. not protruding or very irregular), so that the water can trickle down the pots, otherwise it can miss the pots below entirely.
If the pots are arranged in a straight line then it can be watered quite easily. The main problem with vertical planters is that they dry quickly and this will result in the plant wilting. This is why a vertical dripping system is recommended, as this will take the heartache of losing plant due to insufficient watering.
The pockets have dimensions of 14cm wide and 18cm deep, which should be adequate for a number of annuals, perennials (small ones and not the larger varieties), small herb plants, strawberries, and even houseplants. Obviously, the system is not suitable for shrubs or trees.
TWO METHODS CAN BE USED TO FILL THE POCKETS
The wall flower pots can be planted using two methods by either lining each pocket with a liner, as you would traditionally do with a wired hanging basket or by using an individual pot in their original housing to fit into the pocket. You can do this or you can repot into a new plant pot that has a diameter of 13cm, as this should be adequate to fit into each pocket. Do not use bigger pots as they will not fit in.
From my experience plants will do better if they are planted using the first method, as the roots will not get so much root bound and will do better.
The size of each pocket should be adequate for a lot of plants, whilst only taking up a lot of horizontal space. This means that it can be used indoors as well, as long as you do not mind drilling holes to attach them to your walls.
If you want to use it in the home, you may need to use batons as they will make attaching to the walls easier. Batons also need to be used if the outside surface you wish to use is uneven or too rough to attach the wall planter on, as this will make it more evenly distributed on the wall. This will also ensure that the planter pots below will get water from the planter pots above.
IT IS WELL MADE
The wall flower pots are manufactured from durable polypropylene material. This will prevent water drainage to the surface it is attached to. One concern of attaching the wall planter to wooden or porous brick surfaces is that water will egress into the surface, causing it to rot and degrade over time.
This plastic pots are constructed to prevent water from entering into fences causing them to rot and from entering walls causing the brickwork to crumble.
The plastic pots also make it easier to clean and also to place plants in.
The wall planter is quite lightweight, only weighing 450g, so it is easy to attach on the surface without the fear of falling down. All you need to do is place a plant with its container into each pocket or to place a liner filled with multipurpose compost with water retaining gel mixed in with it, along with some grit or perlite, and then place the plant into the growling media.
If you want to know if the plant you have in mind can fit in each pocket then I suggest you read my article on the smallest container that can be used to get a better idea.
HOW DO YOU ATTACH YOUR WALL PLANTERS?
To attach the wall planter pots to walls you need to drill holes into them and then attach them to the wall via the screws provided in with the product. Each wall planter comes with three pockets, where each pocket comes with a pre-drilled hole to which the screws can be threaded through and then attached to the wall.
The beauty with the wall planter is that they have slots at the bottom so that the wall planter at the top can be attached to the wall planter below, giving a firmer structure.
If you want to attach the wall planter to handrail that you find in balconies, then you can attach them to the rail by the use of cable ties. All you need to do is thread a thick enough cable tie through the pre-drilled holes and then make sure that it is safely wrapped around a rail, and then pull the cable tie firm.
Do not worry as cable ties are really strong and can take the weight. You have to make sure that cable ties are pulled up tightly, to ensure that the wall planter pots do not move. You can easily remove by cutting the cable ties when you have no need of it or if you want to move the wall planter pots around.
On the bottom rung of the wall flower planter has a check plug that fits in at the bottom of the planter. This will prevent water leaking onto the floor. This is especially important in homes where water on the floor is not a good look.
- 36 plants can be grown in a small amount of horizontal space.
- A large number of species of annuals, perennials, herbs and strawberries can be grown in them.
- Easy to assemble, as long as you are handy with a drill.
- It is durable and long-lasting.
- Can be used indoors and outdoors.
- Self-watering so can be left to its own devices, especially if you go on holiday.
- Will make your vertical walls, fences and outbuildings look something special.
- Will need some DIY to attach to the wall. If you are handy with a drill, then it will not be much of a challenge. For others, it may be a struggle.
- As you have a small growing volume of compost, you will need to feed the plant every week with a balanced liquid fertilizer. If you do not do this, your plants will look well below par.
- It is quite expensive but well worth the price.
WHY SHOULD YOU BUY THIS PRODUCT?
I really like vertical wall planters as they often bring colour to where colourful plants often do not exist. Often people forget that the vertical dimension can be used by gardeners to grow their plants in. This is especially true for those without much horizontal space to grow in. If you cannot grow across then you need to grow upwards.
Turn those boring walls, fences, and outbuildings to a thing of beauty. I have done it, so why should not you. Buy one today from here.
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If you want to buy this product that will fill your walls, then buy it today.
Go treat yourself.