Vertical gardening is a type of gardening in which the plants are grown in the upward direction with the help of some support such as a fence or a framework of wooden or metal bars, etc put against a wall.
They only grow in the upward direction rather than growing in the ground or being limited to grow in a pot. Vertical gardening is a next step forward from the regular gardening.
This type of gardening is used by many people for decoration or to utilize the space in the best of manner. However, it is not just limited to grow show plants but also to grow useful vegetables and fruits on them.
Vertical gardening can be as exciting as any other gardening. Utilizing the home space in its best form is something that is really considerable and fascinating.
10 Best Tips for Vertical Gardening:
- Select a type- There are many types of the vertical garden such as fence planters, garden pots, etc. Selecting a specific type of vertical garden helps in further planning of suitable plants, irrigation system and other maintenance factors.
- Choose a proper space- Choosing a space ideal for growing plants vertically is very important. Depending on the type of plant and their growing needs and sun requirements, select a place that will be appropriate for them to grow in that direction.
- Select proper plants- Choosing the right space for growing the right plants in that direction is important, likewise making sure that those plants are strong, flexible and likeable to hold the shape and grow properly in the vertical direction is another thing that needs major attention.
- Select a strong frame- Your plants will put all its weight on the support that they are been attached with. Always opt for reliable support, such as a metallic frame that is strong and doesn’t tear apart.
- Size of the frame- Plants tend to spread both vertically as well as horizontally, while they are growing. Consider the height & width of the railing before purchasing it.
- Consider the plant’s height- The height that a plant will maximum achieve when it’s fully grown, needs to be considered so as to select proper spacing upward and to easily facilitate the other maintenance factors.
- Watering method- One of the best methods to water plants growing vertically is to use the drip irrigation system; under which, watering the plants planted on the top row automatically facilitates all the other plants below, to receive the dripping water. This also saves water.
- Regular watering- Watering the vertical garden plants more often is another essential thing to be followed as they do not receive water from the ground and are exposed to sun and wind, hence they need more water to sustain.
- Protection from wind- If your terrace or balcony wherein the plants will be grown is windy, consider choosing a space that is downwards to protect them from getting damaged by extreme wind.
- Trimming the extras- Lastly, trim off the leaves that come out shapelessly; this will facilitate good maintenance and healthy growing of the plants in the vertical direction.
There are many kinds of plants including vegetables, herbs and flowers that can be grown beautifully in a vertical garden. Some of which includes, ferns, succulents, leafy vegetable, money plant, tomato plant, carrots, beans, basil, mint, crotons, lipstick plant, perennials, etc.