When the magazines and Internet started showing the vertical succulent garden I was enchanted. The color and texture display produces a wow factor. A gardener with dozens of succulents throughout the yard, is halfway to a finished vertical garden display. Do your own hardware and reap the clippings from the yard.
Despite all the enchantment, the price tags for the hanging hardware needs a DIY solution.
I went into planning mode, because I like to make things for little money. Two examples shown are for the woodworkers in your circle of friends or family. featured image above by wiccahwang on Flickr
How To Make a Vertical Planter
This prototype may be too heavy for some gardeners, but once it is hung on a very sturdy hanging treatment such as a bolt in hard wood it is secure and not likely to fall. Screening on the back would work better than plastic, and for all proposes, would have made it much lighter.
The seedling pots help keep soil spread through the whole planter. After some time I think the pots will compress but with established roots the soil will stay put. In the winter I have it down from the wall for more sun and I rotate the side it is standing on to balance out the growing plants.
Measures 19 X 19 inches with wood frame. View these photos to make your own.
First Planter At Its Prime
A wood frame was added and in three months all the plants were established. During those three months I kept the planter horizontal for optimum growth.
It looked very good for about nine months. The aeonium and jade started getting too long and the baby toes curved up to face the sky. Hung on a wall during the summer and into the fall.
The Fix For This Design
- Removed the plastic on the back and used hardware cloth in its place.
- The seedling pots worked well.
- No need to add a frame. Put holes around the edge of flat with a drill and attach hardware cloth for backing with ties.
Second Vertical Planter
This second idea is smaller and four of these hung together would be dramatic. I started out with a 12 inch pastry tray from the market, then I asked the handyman to do all the work.
The following photos step you through the process.
Handiman used his joiner kit for the frame. The lip of the tray fits on top of the wood frame. Back of planter at left.
A staple gun was used for attaching chicken wire to the front. With the lip of the tray and the stapled chicken wire everything is secure and ready to plant.
Finished. About 13 X 13 inches and lightweight. The key to this one is use plants with a root base to help anchor the soil. Let plants grow a few weeks in a horizontal position.
If you have clippings only allow more horizontal time for the plants to establish and not fall out when vertical.
Vertical Garden Care
Caring for these gardens is still a learning process. Water your plants as if they were in a pot.
Both treatments became examples of overgrowth, but nine or ten months of viewing enjoyment is a good return for the effort. A replant is all that is needed to get both in good order. The key is to be proactive and break and replant any growth that has become too big so a complete redo is not necessary.
If you a have a yard collection of succulents a redo is an easy task.
Do You Have A Vertical Garden?
Let us know in comments how you kept yours looking fresh and new.
Thanks and Happy Gardening, Sherry