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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

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. Lindy Burns July 21, 2016 at 11:28 am
    My love for the plant world grows and develops every year. The outside of my home looks like a jungle and we have plants throughout our home. I have had friends build me vertical shelving but I have out grown each new piece ;) . My family and I are moving from S. Tx to Oregon and to house my love we plan to re-create an aWarehouse into our Living Living space. I ill definitely be looking into artists like Mingo Design! thank you both Summer and Mingo Design, you have inspired me! :) Live the life you love!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.