Indoor gardening, and gardening in general has caught the attention of home owners. Green plants, kitchen gardens, and even small flowering pots are being used as elements to enhance the beauty of a home. Vertical gardens in an old concept being used in  many new and different ways. If you are experienced with handling plants and pots you can create your own vertical garden. Otherwise we suggest you hire a professional to do the job. There are two sides to every interior decor decision and surely enough a Vertical Garden has a few pros and cons.

 

PROS

 

Great For Small Spaces

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A vertical garden is great for apartments with limited space. They do a good job of covering a blank wall and add a touch of freshness and green without occupying any floor space or too much width. They are classy and minimalistic, and if done right, are a very good investment. Either way, they keep your home looking clean, green and pretty!

 

Kitchen Gardens

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If you are a not very confident of the herbs you find in the market, a vertical kitchen garden is ideal for you to stay healthy. Whilst designing your vertical kitchen garden, plant your herbs and greens in white or light coloured pots instead of black ones because they tend to absorb more heat. Be sure you place your plants in an area that is not entirely flooded with sunlight because this can cause your plants to dry. Experiment with different kinds of herbs and greens that you would want to grow. Use one side of a large wooden crate or a wooden fence to hang your pots or support them using smaller planks of wood.

 

Easy Access!

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There are professionally made vertical garden structures made using fibre, plastic, and even felt material. Prices range from Rs. 500 to Rs 25,000 and above, depending on the material and the number of “pockets” your garden consists of. The smallest size is that of 4 pockets. They are available online on websites such as Amazon and Flipkart, or they can be sourced from a local gardener.

 

DIY Vertical Gardens are gaining a lot of popularity and are favoured because they encourage recycling and are cheaper to make. They can be made using a range of things from old drawers, bookshelves, and ladders to recycled soft drink bottles, old watering cans and wooden planks. The possibilities are endless! 

 

Drop The Temperature

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An indoor vertical garden is a green alternative to an air conditioner! It keeps your home cool and fresh. The green is great for your home, and for your lungs. With an indoor vertical garden you have fresh air and a cool home. No better way to beat the summer heat!

 

Aesthetic Appeal 

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If space, health, and ease of creating a vertical garden didn’t tempt you enough, surely the aesthetic appeal will! A vertical garden in every home is different. Your garden will consist of your preferred plants and your design. Flowering plants in old watering cans, or green plants fixed onto a metal frame, they all look lovely!

 


 

CONS

 

Water Drainage

Vertical gardens do have their flaws. Watering the plants and draining out excess water is very inconvenient in this structure. Water retention is a huge problem, especially if your garden is the product of a DIY. Vertical Gardens that are commercially manufactured have efficient drainage systems and are better than other cheap alternatives.

 

Insects and Snails

Having an indoor garden increases the risk of a mosquito infestation in your home. You need to ensure that your plants are well maintained are not infested with insects and snails. This sort of invasion of creepy crawlies can be very unhealthy!

 

Messy

A vertical garden can be really messy. Mud from the pots or bottles can fall out, they attract dust and with water in the equation there are high chances of a lot of muck on the floor after watering your plants. Indoor gardens need to be looked after carefully.

 

 

Limited Space for Plants

Your plants may not have enough space to grow. The roots of the plants will not be able to grow freely because of the limited space given in a vertical garden. This allows home owners to grow very few small plants. Large plants are out of the question. Also, because of this problem and the possibility of excess sunlight plants tend to dry out really quickly.

 


 

We hope these pros and cons help you decide how to go about your vertical garden. Indoor or outdoor, they are a wonderful piece of art and should be tried at least once. Watch this space for similar articles!