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INHABITAT: Do you have any advice or resources for people wanting to start a vertical garden in their apartment?

SRO: Get a sense of what plants grow well in your space with the light you have available (unless you decide to put additional lights). Not all species of plants grow well uniformly. I originally wanted to try bromeliads and orchids because I liked the look of them, but they were tested in the greenhouse beforehand and they didn't do so well, so we stuck with 15 species that thrived. I now have since tried out four more species, all of which are working well, which is nice to see. You want your green wall to grow well not just when you put the plants in - but for months and years afterwards. For people in the New York area, I would suggest calling Kari and Edwin at Mingo Design. They helped design and build my wall. But I'm sure there are a few other good resources out there as well.

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  1. Judy MacDonnell February 28, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    During the day you’d be getting more oxygen from the plants. But best not to have plants in your bedroom overnight – they respire too, which means they are using your oxygen, while not producing oxygen during hours of darkness.

  2. legalegl March 17, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I hate to say it, but with so much humidity in the air there is likely to be damage to the structure.