Living green walls are great for your health, home, and environment, but the thought of upkeep is enough deter many from taking the plunge. Fortunately, Suite Plants created a modular green wall solution that’s so easy to maintain that even the most brown-thumbed gardener should have nothing to fear. Equipped with an integrated and highly efficient irrigation system, Suite Plants’ products require no electricity or water pumps, and can even be mounted on a wall as easily as a painting.
Inhabitat got an up-close look at the Suite Plants living walls at Greenbuild 2015, where the green wall team showed off their LivePanel, LivePicture, LiveDivider, and LiveFence options. Our favorite is the LivePicture, a piece of “living artwork” that hangs on the wall as easily as a painting and is thin enough to meet ADA standards.
The structure includes a wide customizable frame, modular plant cassettes that hold 4-inch plants, a water tank, and a hidden self-watering cloth wick system that delivers water to the plants through capillary action. Users own need to fill up the tank every four to six weeks, and there’s an in-built warning system to indicate when it’s full or empty. The units are lightweight enough to hang on drywall with no structural reinforcements.
For larger applications both indoor and outdoor, there’s the LivePanel living wall. The LivePanel also uses modular plant cassettes and a cloth wick system, as well as a clip-on gutter and hose system. The LivePanel only weighs 8.2 pounds per square foot of planted area and recycles water to ensure zero runoff or wastewater. An estimated 0.65 gallons of water are needed for every 10 square foot per week.
Other living walls on display at Greenbuild included the LiveDivider, a freestanding double-sided living wall that adds privacy with a touch of green and noise reduction. The 282-pound wall can hold up to 20 gallons of water and hold 54 four-inch plants on each side. One of the conference rooms at Greenbuild showed off the beautiful LiveFence, panels of ivy grown on a galvanized high carbon steel security fence, used as a speaker backdrop.
We also loved that all of Suite Plant’s modular living wall options make it easy to swap out plants for a more festive flair, such as poinsettias for the holiday season. The only maintenance needed other than refilling the water tank on a monthly basis is picking off dead leaves. Suite Plants currently operates as a wholesaler and does not sell directly to consumers, but you can find their products through dealers, listed on their website. Prices vary and can start at $100 per square foot, plants and installation included.
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