How do you stop the soil falling out?
A simple locking disc fits around the stem of the plant and connects to the planter body with small tabs, much like a tea pot lid. A plastic mesh is also included that can be cut to fit around the plant stem and sit on top of the soil as added protection against soil falling. Our several years of testing has found that a small amount of soil may initially fall out when the Aerial Planter is first hung, but it will quickly compact and stabilise.
How do you water the aerial planter?
A porous ceramic plate sits at the top of the Aerial Planter and connects with the soil. It’s filled through a small hole at the top of the planter and water is gradually released into the soil by diffusion. This means most of the water reaches the plant roots directly, reducing evaporation and conserving water. It also means you’ll only have to fill the reservoir when it’s empty, saving time. Ensure there is a good connection between the reservoir and soil for the water to flow sufficiently. Depending on the location, climate and the type of plant you’ve chosen you’ll probably only have to water every alternate week or so.
What sorts of plants are best suited?
The Aerial Planter will grow a wide variety of common house plants. For optimal air-purification and hardiness we recommend Kentia and Areca palms, Anthurium, English Ivy, Peace Lily and Rubber plants. Many kitchen herbs will thrive and you can even grow your own vegetables. Experiment with your favourite plants and see how they adjust to a life upside down!
How should I optimise my plant’s health?
Conventional planters can be fed with granulated plant food. However, we recommend you use diluted water soluble plant food for your Aerial Planter as granules will not release into the soil. Your local gardener or garden centre will be able to advice on a suitable food for your plant variety. You’ll still need to tend to your plant as usual and remove dead leaves and flowers, mist the leaves and wipe off dust.
How is Aerial Planter care different from a conventional planter?
The main difference is in the watering system. With a conventional planter you need to water plants regularly, and almost daily in the height of summer. In contrast, the porous plate of the Aerial Planter regulates the amount of water that is fed directly to the plant roots depending on how dry the soil is. The more water absorbed by the plant from the soil, the faster the water flows from the reservoir to the soil, and the more frequently the reservoir will need to be filled. Over time, if you monitor the level of water in the reservoir you will learn how often it needs to be refilled to maintain the health of your plant. Some plants prefer a dry spell between watering, so you can simply leave the reservoir empty for a few days.
Where should I hang my planter?
The Aerial Planter creates a vibrant interior design feature in any home or office – an empty corner or kitchen spaces are popular choices for your upside down planter. When choosing where to hang it, also consider the health of the plant. Some plants like a lot of light while others prefer shade. For advice on the light requirements of our preferred plant refer to your local gardener. Make sure your ceiling surface is sturdy and free of hazards such as plumbing or electrical wiring. Avoid suspending the Aerial Planter above electrical equipment or furnishings in case of overfilling or occasional drips. And please, keep out of reach of small children.
How do I install it safely so it won’t fall?
You need to install the ceiling hook into a solid base. The ceiling hook and plastic anchor plug provided are suitable for solid ceilings made from wood or concrete. They are not suitable for suspended ceilings or for plasterboard. If you have a non-solid ceiling, visit your local hardware store and ask about the best solution for your home. Install the Aerial Planter away from strong wind currents to minimise breakage. Please seek professional advice if you are unsure about installing your ceiling hook and planter safely.
Can I use my Aerial Planter outdoors?
The Aerial Planter has been designed for indoor use but you can install it outdoors as well. You will need to be careful that it is protected from strong winds. You’ll also need to select an appropriate outdoor plant that likes full sunlight to maintain optimum plant health. During summer, pay close attention to the water level of the reservoir. It is likely to empty faster than your indoor planters because of higher temperatures.
Vertical Wall Garden
Will my vertical garden be difficult to look after?
No. Alive vertical wall garden is relatively self-sufficient. Some aspects of wall garden need to be monitored and maintained more closely. The plants sole source of nutrition is from the nutrient solution in the soil. Water and nutrients are critical for vitality of the garden. For big units, we recommend taking out a maintenance program. We check, monitor, adjust and change to ensure your wall garden is getting optimum growing conditions. Following Steps can help you maintain Vertical Wall Garden:
– Observe the plant health and adjust water timing accordingly
– Look for wilted plant, faded leaves, rotting bases or browned leaves on every alternate days
– Add plant food
– Remove dead plants or leaves
– Clear self irrigation drain of any debris
How much does it cost to install Vertical Wall Garden?
For us to be able to give an idea of cost we recommend that you take us up on our free no obligation quote via email or you can call us for a site visit where we measure & quote. Our Vertical Wall Garden vary in price based on the multitude of factors such as size, plant choice & installation variations. We will endeavour to advise you on a vertical garden that fits within your budget without compromising on quality.
What types of Vertical Wall Garden system available?
We offer system for simple outdoor and indoor use of Alive Vertical Wall Garden. We do have DIY Wall Garden box which covers 5 sq ft. of Area.
Can I grow vegetables in wall garden?How should I optimise my plant’s health?
Vegetables and Herbs can be grown on Alive Vertical Wall garden with proper nutrients, water and light.
How do we water Vertical Wall Garden?
Alive Vertical Wall Garden buckets/modules is design with world class self irrigation system. Water is supplied at the top row of buckets through a drip irrigation system by switching ON the water supply and wait till the water reach at the last row module. Longer and slower watering process allows for complete water absorption and less waste..
What sorts of plants are best suited for Wall Garden?
The Plants are the main part of your Alive vertical garden so you have lots of options available according to your preferred area.
Bright indirect light is an indoor tropical favorite. The plants will reach for the light and align their leaves to the source, making a perfect display. Direct light can be workable if it is limited to a few hours a day.
Recommended Plants:- Joseph’s Coat, Zebra plants, Kangaroo Vine ,Calamondin Orange, Coffee, Coleus, Ti Plant, Botanical Wonder, Chinese Hibiscus, Fern, Syngonium, Money plants and Ficus
Low-light tropical plants require a minimum of 150 foot candles of illumination, which is best achieved with a track lighting system. Halogen is ideal for many plants because it provides a wide spectrum of light. Metal halide and fluorescent lights are also excellent.
Recommended Plants:- Aralia, Marginata , Grape Ivy, Gerbera Snake Plant, Peace Lily, Aglaonema, Chinese Evergreen, Aglaonema, Chinese Evergreen , Aglaonema, Chinese Evergreen , Dieffenbachia Lemon, Coleus and Anthurium.
A deck with full day of sun is perfect for growing herbs and vegetables and flowers. Partial sun is great for lettuce, ferns, succulents and most other plants. Ferns also do well on shady Verticals.
Recommended Plants:- strawberry Jade Plant, Tamoto, Green paper, Cailendra Bush Allamanda, Daniella Grass, Dianthus, Dendrobium Orchid, Dracaena Mahatma, Duranta Golden, Eranthemum Nigrum, Pleomele, Portulaca, Rheo ,Setcreasea Purpurea, Silver Dust, Tagar Mini, Zebrina Pendula, Acaalipha and Mogra etc.
MOSQUITO REPELLENT PLANTS
Using plants to deter and keep mosquitoes away from home and your skin is an all-natural and safe alternative to using man-made products that contain chemicals. There are a number of plants you can add to your Alive vertical garden to naturally repel mosquitoes.
Recommended Plants:- Basil, Monarda, Nepeta, Catnip, Clove, Floss flower, Garlic, Lavender, Lemon Balm and Lemon thyme etc.
Which Plant food to use?
We recommend using Compost Fertilizer. It is a gentle food that can be used for hydroponic feeding and is mostly made from organic nutrients. Organic nutrients are preferred because they encourage active microbiology in the soil and reduce the problem of salt build up from chemical fertilizers. We suggest using an organic based fertilizer to minimize salt build up and promote active microbiology. You can easily install an injector to your irrigation system, or you can fertilize by hand with a sprayer. For recirculation systems simply add fertilizer when you top off the water tanks. Note – For Fertilizer usage please consult with your gardener.
What’s wrong with using small size buckets?
Hard or non-breathable plastic buckets normally available with nearby nurseries restrict plant root growth and eventually kill plants. Alive Vertical Wall Garden buckets/modules encourage root growth for a full life cycle mainly due to its bigger size.