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Does your home look a little like the above picture? Don't get me wrong, it's a lovely area. But, I see just a couple plants and a lot of open space. Why not transform your room and clear the air at the same time? Just create a beautiful green wall, using a simple living wall planter kit, or start hanging plants!
Indoor Living Wall Planter — to Clear the Air
Let's face it, almost everything in the world has been touched by man. In essence, pollution is all around us — it's even to the point where many people choose to stay indoors for days at a time, in some areas of the world.
But there's a problem; becoming a home body won't cut it. In fact, your indoor space could be up to ten times more polluted than the outside air and that's pretty bad.
Today, toxic fumes from our air systems and furniture contaminate the air and eventually cause a condition commonly known as Sick Building Syndrome.
This condition is more likely to affect those who spend a significant period of the day indoors; more like stay-at-home moms, 9 to 5 workers and the like.
The good news is, there are quite a few ways to make the indoor air clean and more breathable. And of course, you won't be wrong to stick with nature this time around — just clear the air with living green walls!
Why Living Walls?
The importance of living green walls cannot be overemphasized especially now when we're running out of green space in cities.
These walls can transform your indoor space into an eye-catching nature resort that you're sure to love. And of course, they clean the air and make it more healthy and breathable for you and your family.Don't forget in the cities, many of these walls are outside too and still just as important for our environment overall.
Not only can you use your green wall for decorative beauty, but you can also grow your own fresh herbs or vegetables in them. What tastes better than fresh salad or herbs in your home cooked meal?
Vertical Indoor Garden
For those who might not know, a living green wall is more like a garden that grows vertically, and the highlight is that you can place it inside your home or office and enjoy its healing benefits.
It's also good to know that living walls are not just the latest design fad; the concept has been in existence since the 1930's. Plants have always been used to clean pollutants from the air and of course, some tropical species tend to be more efficient than others.
The best green wall whether you make it indoors or out, should contain ample numbers of plants (it could even be over 50 or 100) that can filter air and at the same time, produce energy-rich oxygen.
So what kind of toxins are we talking about? Well, you might not know this, but countless toxins dwell within our indoor environment and of course, they never fail to take a toll on your health.
Think about it, many of us use cleaners with bleach and ammonia. And just opening your windows and doors can let benzene in from car exhaust. It seems like you can't win. But, luckily with a living wall planter you can minimize your exposure.
Therefore, some of the toxins you should be aware of include VOCs, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, trichloroethylene, benzene, carbon monoxide just to name a few.
The good news? Even if your interior has been compromised by these toxins, you can still clear the air with a living wall planter or by employing hanging plants-or better yet, doing both.
When you can't do either, simply fill some space with more plants. The below are images from our sunroom where we have several of the types of plants that filter out toxins from the air.
So How Do Living Green Walls Improve Air Quality?
We have already established that green walls help the environment in ways you never thought possible. Essentially, they combat air pollution that usually comes as a result of today's advancement in industrial technology.
In essence, the toxic gases and particulate matter in our air are no match for the goodness of nature. Plants have the natural tendency to get rid of carbon monoxide in the air, filter out pollutants and eventually produce clean, fresh oxygen-rich air.
But how do they do it? Well, plants take in the VOC's we talked about above through their leaves and roots. Then, the soil which has microorganisms in it, acts as a neutralizer of the toxic junk. Okay, so not super scientific. But you can look here for more details on this process if you want to learn more.
This is one good reason to take good care of your plant's soil and change or add nutrients to it periodically. Typically the health of the plant will be a good indicator of when it needs some extra love.
Now, just think about what will happen when you have a living wall (one that contains a good variety of plants) in your home — the air will be fresher and cleaner.
Still contemplating living walls?
If yes, we'll recommend you join the trend and get a vertical garden kit today — you'll be incredibly glad you did. As mentioned earlier, pollutants are all around us and your indoor space is not left out of the toxicity.
Steps to take as you create your living wall planter
- Choose the planter kit that's right for your space
- Watch the attached video for a how-to create you own if this is the way you want to go
- Pick the perfect spot and consider sunlight vs type of plants you will be using
- Make sure you have enough room. Look at the dimensions of your kit and measure your space.
- Remember you will need to access your plants for water and fertilizing
- Get a safe step ladder for the hanging plants
- Have a proper watering can or spray bottle (unless you have an irrigation system)
- Choose a soil conditioner with plenty of those microorganisms we discussed above
- Follow the installation directions in your kit and then enjoy!
Note on Hanging Plants and More
And don't forget to utilize some of that ceiling space for hanging plants. Spider plants do really well as hanging plants. In fact so do string of hearts, string of pearls, and the Boston fern. You can read about a few more suitable hanging plants right here.
What I love about this approach of hanging plant is that it is also a space saver just like your green wall! You will need a step ladder to make sure you can access them safely for watering.
Tips on Hanging Plants from the Ceiling
- Need to locate and screw into a joist
- Be certain to ask for help at the hardware store if you need it
- Use the correct screws and hooks for the weight of your plants
- Be sure the placement is good for access with your step ladder
Summing it all up-living wall planter
Finally, if you are not inclined to actually make your own living wall or hang plants from the ceiling, then fill your home with potted plants to help clear the air in your home! Including a Boston Fern, Aloe Vera, and Peace Lily can help with removing some of the toxins mentioned above according to this source.
If you are a DIY type and really want to build your own green wall, don't forget to check out this video for instructions where she discusses the importance of letting your plants settle for a week before they are hung. In addition, she shows you how to be certain they don't leak or make a huge mess.
To sum it up, living walls provide great space saving benefits — they're the perfect alternative to potted plants and save space!
What are you waiting for? Go ahead and be creative-make your living wall or green spaces any way you want!
Hang plants from the ceiling or walls, use frames, planters or living wall planter kits. Whatever you decide, it will clear the air in your home!
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