What is a living wall? It's a broad term that we use to describe any wall that is covered in living fauna. Use your imagination! Is it succulents, flowers, leaves, vines. . . Whether we use plants or flowers the creation of the wall is the same! If you follow these instructions you'll be ready to create a living wall of your own and fill it with whatever your heart (or your client) desires!
Buying your pockets
Living things need water, duh! But how do we get water on our wall in an aesthetic way? To start, we order these felt wall pockets for plants on Amazon. The amount you order will depend on the size of your wall. To order yours, click here
Soaking your oasis
If you thought we were going to fill these pockets with water, you're close! But unfortunately the water would seep right through. Instead we bought oasis from a local floral supply store. After purchasing the oasis we soaked it for 24 hours. That way it will have time to completely absorb the water. You may not be able to fit all your oasis at one time, that's fine. We soak our first batch and then start with that, while we fill the pockets with our first batch, we start to soak another!
We filled our sink with the oasis as shown in the photo to the left. The top layer was the only layer that we laid flat, the bottom layers we're stacked side by side to save room. Once we had all the oasis in the tub, we filled it with water until all the oasis was completely submerged.
Choosing your plants
Steps 1 - 3 can be done in any order. At some point you will need to buy your desired plants, for our wall we chose greenery. To figure out how much greenery you will need, consider the sqaure foot print of your livng wall. Depending on what your putting on the wall will depend on how much you need. As an example, each one of our pockets was 4 inches so we knew it would take 3 stems of our chosen greenery to fill each pocket so:
Our wall is 8 x 8 so we have 192 pockets on our wall which means at
3 stems per pocket x 192 pockets = 576 stems needed
Experience tells us that not all of the stems we purchase will be usable so we will purchase about 700 stems giving ourselves some leeway.
Once we buy the greenery we process it all by clipping the ends and placing them in buckets with water. That way they don't die or grow weak while we prepare the wall and oasis for them to be placed.
Stuffing your pockets
When we placed our oasis in the pockets, we cut them in fourths so they aren't sticking out all the way. Use your serrated knife to do this, make sure you stuff each one. *Tip: the image below is an example of how to cut the oasis in fourths
Placing your plants in the oasis
When we place our plants in the oasis we kept the scissors handy so that each plant can be cut to fit its pouch. We start with the plants we want to use as our base. When choosing our base plants, we go for one that has more leaves per branch so that we can cover a lot of area.
This is how our wall looked about half way done. Notice that you can start to see a pattern developing, we make sure to cover each area evenly so one area doesn't seem more full than another.
Tip: Please note if you want to create a special pattern on your wall use chalk to mark the areas on the pockets that require specific fauna.
Preparing the wall for transport
We finish our living walls about 75% before we bring it to the installation. We do this for a couple of reasons:
- To transport these walls we wrap them in plastic wrap, so some of the greenery will fall off during transportation. Take note that the bottom tier of pockets are empty because these always get disrupted during transport.
- After transportation the greenery may be flattened. To avoid adding greenery twice, wait until you arrive at the installation so you can fluff it at the same time.
This is how our living wall looked right before we wrapped it.
Finishing the wall
We finished our base layer and then added a variety of tropical leaves evenly throughout the wall. When finishing the top, be sure that all the leaves are even and that nothing is sticking out too far and voilá! You have a living wall!
- Be sure to use a watering pale to go back through and re water your oasis, start at the top of the wall and move down about a feet or two until you reach the bottom.
- Use the Flo Master sprayer to wet all the leaves on the wall, this will help protect it from the sun and also make it glisten!