What Are Succulent Wall Planters
Succulents are basically low-maintenance indoor cacti and they are amazing to decorate your home. However, when it comes to wall planters, they are basically vertical gardens. So, if you don’t have much space in your living space or want to spice things up a little bit on an empty wall, you definitely need to try planting your succulents in wall planters.
Benefits of Succulent Wall Planters
We don’t even know where to start, the low maintenance of succulents? The variety of shapes and colors? The amazing designs you can create with them? The ability to create a vertical garden for decorative stuff? Ummm.. all of it.
Especially if you are the type that well… “kill” all the plants you have taken care of, succulents are the best choice for you. They don’t require much care, not even watering and they can stay alive in harsh environments, making them perfect for vertical gardens. Also, succulents come in various colors and shapes to plant colorful flowering succulents in different shapes and designs.
They hardly take any space since they will be sitting upright on your wall. So if you have limited space to take care of plants, wall planters are to go for you.
How Do Succulent Wall Planters Work
Wall planters are basically gardens, but they are vertical. They can be either planted in individual pots or they can be designed in such a way to cover all the walls. They can be used both indoors and outdoors.
Succulents are a part of the cacti family or to say cacti is a part of the succulents. The word succulent is derived from the Latin word “succus,” which means juice you see because they hold water.
As can be understood from the name, wall planters sit vertically by your wall, making them amazing pieces to spice up empty spaces. That’s why they are sometimes referred to as “living picture frames.” There are various planter types that you can use and you can also create them by yourself. Pretty cool DIY, isn’t it?
Pros and Cons of Succulent Wall Planters
- Easy to take care of.
- Looks great when used in home decor.
- They are long-lasting.
- Can make various designs with different plants.
- Succulents are perfect for designing.
- Might cause some pests to appear.
- Can take some time to get used to designing it.
Types of Succulent Wall Planters
Hanging Wall Planters
These are definitely the freest way that you can decorate your walls with. The pots are placed on the wall hanging, but the plants are not actually growing vertically. Plants are always replaced in individual pots and grow separately. It allows you to work on the design and show your creativity because it allows you to get succulents with different maintenance requirements.
Mounted Wall Planters
They follow the same logic as hanging ones but have a different design. The design allows the pot to sit more stable upright on the wall. You can get different designs online or craft your own by basically using home items such as old jars, metal cans and old flower pots. The important thing is not to forget to put in drain holes.
They are very decorative and very easy to install. They can be individual or multiple pots together. Thye can also go alongside the wall and can be used to create designs.
These planters are the easiest way to install a full wall of a vertical garden. The piece itself comes with multiple pockets and by just placing one, you can instantly plant various succulents. Organic materials retain the moisture to keep the roots dry. Gardening Pockets are definitely very versatile hanging succulents.
These wall planters are the real “vertical” ones. Basically, you can think of them just as a regular picture frame with “vertical” succulents planted in it.
Types of Succulents You Can Put in a Wall Planter
This is one of the most popular types of succulents to use in wall planters. Echeveria can look really stunning since it is the type of succulent that grows in veins or tentacles. By the time they can grow out of their pot, creating such a good ambiance.
This is another type of succulents that is widely used in wall planters. They are really easy to take care of and by far the most resistant species to cold. They require minimal watering and can survive in harsh temperatures, which makes them amazing gardening succulents.
This is actually the name of a genus that includes many species—the genus known for having one of the world’s best rare succulents, Crassula Buddha’s Temple. The succulent has an amazing shape that is really admirable!
These types of succulents are known to grow beautiful flowers, mostly in summer and spring. However, the colors and the shapes vary from species to species. Well-known European species of Sedum are Sedum acre, Sedum album, Sedum dasyphyllum, Sedum reflexum (also known as Sedum rupestre) and Sedum hispanicum.
How to Make Succulent Wall Planters
The whole building thing might sound confusing, but don’t even worry about it. We are about to give you a full guide on how to build your own like a boss.
Step 1 – Get a wooden frame and metal wire mesh
First, you will need a wooden frame. You can get it, upcycle it or do it yourself. Also, get some metal wire mesh and cut it to fit your frame. Next, you need to fit the wire mesh to the back of your frame. You can use a staple gun for this.
Step 2 – Make a wooden box
Get or make a wooden box whose measurements are slightly smaller than your frame so the frame can look nice from upfront. Then, you can put them together by using nails or staplers.
Step 3 – Add hanging wires
On the back of the box you created, you need to put some hanging wires. Obviously, we are going to hand them “vertically” on our wall.
Step 4 – Use glue to fix all the pieces together
You need to wait until the glue is fully dried. Then, get the small cuttings or the leaves of the succulents that you want to plant in the planter. Since the mesh can be quite small, this will fit through the mesh better. You can also cut the mesh a bit to plant bigger succulents.
There you have it! Now you can hang your beautiful DIY piece anywhere! It will sure look amazing and fresh anywhere you put it. But, of course, you can always play around with the design and the variety of its succulents.
How to Plant Your Succulents in the Wall Planters
Since we already cover how to make a DIY plant planter. Now we can learn about how to plant some goodies in it. Don’t worry; this part is even easier than the crafting itself if you are ready! Here we go:
Step 1 – Create a suitable environment for the plants
After creating the plate, the next step is making it a suitable environment for the succulents. For this, you will need typical succulent soil. Succulent soils, in general, are better at keeping the roots dry.
Step 2 – Fill the frame with soil
Make sure to pack it real good since we don’t want any soil to fall. Use a fork to carefully lift the metal mesh şf the soil has a hard time falling. Be careful not to lift it too much.
Step 3 – Prepare cuttings
Cuttings are generally prepared by the offsets from the mother plant. To do this, you need to remove offsets from the mother plant; you can use a wire or scissors to cut the offset. Some offsets might have old leaves around them. After cleaning the offset, it is ready to be planted.
Step 4 – Plant the succulents
To plant them, make some space in the soil and push the offsets into those spaces. Depending on the size of your frame, you will need about 90-150 offsets to fill. Once it^’s all filled and roots started to grow, the soil will stay trapped with the roots.
You will need to wait until you hang your “vertical” garden. Since the frame will be completely sitting upright on the wall, they can fall if the roots are not strong enough. Therefore, it is advised to wait 6-12 weeks before hanging it.
Step 5 – Water the plants
Since there is no drainage in your frame, water just enough. Don’t forget you don’t usually really hurt succulents if you slightly underwater them, but overdoing it with no drainage will definitely kill them.
That’s it! After the process is done, you can hang your frame wherever you want! We can assure you they will look amazing! Such a great atmosphere you have created in your living space. To make it seven better, you can work on your design. Use different types and colors of succulents. The most commonly used succulent types are fluffy bunny ears succulents, vivid pink succulents and pastel blue succulents. You can as well go for different species!
Do’s and Don’ts With Succulent Wall Planters
- Take care of the succulents watering frequency since they don’t like water.
- Create a design with colorful succulents.
- Drainage holes for the roots to stay dry.
- Take careful steps while transitioning your hanging succulents outdoors.
- Use premium ground cover succulents.
- Forget that cacti require repotting to stay healthy.
- Overwater your succulents.
FAQ About Succulent Wall Planters
How deep does a succulent planter need to be?
Succulents grow the best when the pot is around 10cm deep. However, if you are running out of space or don’t want your frame to look so thick, anywhere from 5-10cm will work just fine.
How do you hang a planter on an outside wall?
Well, there are a couple of ways. The pots can come with hangers which for that, you will need to put a nail on the wall. You can also drill the pots to the wall directly. When it comes to outside walls, you need to make sure the succulent is not under direct harsh sunlight.
How can I hang a planter from the ceiling without drilling?
You can use adhesive hooks that you can stick to your wall. Then you can hang your succulent there. You can find such hooks in any market.
Do wall planters need drainage holes?
Succulents do not like water and their soil to be moist, so they need drainage holes to get rid of extra water. If you cannot put drainage holes to your frame, you may need to cut back on watering significantly.
To sum up, wall planters are amazing decorative vertical gardens for both indoors and outdoors. They require little to no space, they have the ability to transform your living atmosphere and are easy to maintain. On top of this, succulents are perfect plants for wall planters! They are so easy to take care of and they come in various shapes and colors, making them so fun to design.
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