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Published on December 20th, 2018 | by ozlem

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Best Succulent Wall Planters (and Inspiration)

I think succulents make great home decor, no matter indoors or outdoors. Unlike the conventional houseplants that we place at the windowsill, on top of a shelf or on the ground; succulent plants can be displayed in many unusual ways.

Lately, I see the succulents are becoming a very popular type of plants for the vertical gardens. While they can be grown in individual pots hanged to the wall, they also cover a whole wall planter; a small framed box or a planter as large as the wall itself. Moreover, these wall planters can decorate both the garden walls and the interiors.

I personally like it quite a lot, when they grow vertically in the wall planters. It is a great idea to display them in a unique position, since these plants are unique by their nature.

Why Succulents are Great for the Wall Planters?

Succulent plants are the particular type of desert plants that store water. The word “succulent” is derived from sucus in Latin and it means juice or sap. So they have thick and fleshy leaves and body which works as water storage through long periods of drought.

Succulents are really popular as houseplants nowadays because they are hardy for though conditions and they require low maintenance. Once they soak up all the water, they use the stored moisture inside their body for a long time.

Roots of succulent plants are disturbed when they stay in soaking wet soil and rot very quickly. The soil of a succulent should be kept slightly moist or dry.

Besides, they are often found on the cliff edges, growing in the cracks and cavity of rocks. Their ability to survive with little soil make them a great choice for the vertical gardens.

Best Types of Wall Planters

Wall planters are the perfect solution for narrow areas where you do not have enough space to accommodate many pots. You can hang a few individual pots on the wall, or you can cover the whole surface with these little green succulents.

Vertical planters that are covering the outdoor garden walls, turn the space into a three-dimensional gardening area. If the walls of your living space feel so empty, succulents will fill the vacancy.

Good to decide beforehand what kind of a planter will work the best for your space and the succulent species you want to grow. I chose some popular containers going well with many types of succulents, in case you need some inspiration.

Hanging Wall Planters

Example from Etsy

Hanging succulent pots are the way you can decorate your walls the most freely. Containers are arrayed on the wall surface vertically, while the plants are not actually growing in vertical. The idea is simply changing the planar which the plants are placed.

As the succulent plants grow in individual planters, you can show your creativity more freely by combining various species on a wall. They do not share a common container, so possibilities are wider since you can choose the succulents that require different maintenance.

Although there are several options of hanging containers, it is pretty basic that you can hang your regular pots by using a cotton rope or a steel string. You need a pot, a string and a hook on the wall. That’s all!

Mounted Wall Planters

Amazon

Wall planters that are mounted directly to the wall share the same logic as the hanging pots. They are, in fact, individual pots. However, you can arrange them onto your walls in endless compositions.

These wall planters are usually flattened on the one side in order to keep them stable when mounted to the surface. Also, many of them are attached to the wall with a secondary piece between the wall and the pot, sometimes holding more than one pot.

I see a lot of options for these type of wall containers, both sold online and DIY’ed. Mason jars, metal cans, concrete pots, and numerous unusual planters which are going crazy with the idea.

However, I suggest you go for a usual clay or ceramic pot, especially because these planters do not have drainage holes when hung indoors. You should be extremely careful for not to over-water the succulent plants inside.

Box Shelves

Etsy

These box containers which are mounted to the walls look super cool although it is incredibly simple to install. They can extend alongside the wall completely, where they can also be a combination of deep rectangular planters. The arrangement is all depending on the taste.

These plant shelves are adding a rustic vibe to space. I found a lot of them made by rusted metal and rustic wood. At the outdoor walls, cracks between the wood pieces work as a drainage hole. This tip will simplify your watering routine quite a bit I believe.

Gardening Pockets

The hanging planters create a living wall in any space you wish instantly. This one is maybe the easiest way to install a vertical garden of succulents. All you have to do is placing the plants inside the pockets of the hanging planter.

Organic material retains the moisture to keep the roots dry. Also, some of the hanging pockets come with a cold protective cover, which may be really useful where the climate is not allowing you to keep succulents outdoors in the wintertime.

Amazon

But the best thing about these grow bags is that you can swap the plants in and out whenever you wish. Great for changing moods and changing arrangements.

Box Frames

These framed wall planters proposing to grow the succulents on a vertical plane in actual. A shallow box filled with succulents is hanged on the wall just like a picture frame. Sometimes these type of succulent wall planters are called “living picture frames”.

DIY Succulent Wall Planter

For a super easy but attractive succulent frame wall planter, you will need:

  • a wooden frame (thrifted, upcycled, or premade)
  • shallow wooden box
  • metal wire mesh
  • wire cutter
  • staple gun
  • hangers
  • wood glue

First, prepare your frame as you wish to decorate your room. Cut the wire mesh by measuring your frame. Fit the wire mesh on the backside of the frame and fix by using the staple gun.

Measurements of the container box should be slightly smaller than the exterior dimensions of the frame. Fix two of them together with the staples or nails. On the back of your box, you will need a hanging wire or a little hanging piece like in the photo below.

Apply a good amount of wood glue to seal the frame with the box strongly. Fill the wooden seams with glue, and then wait for it to dry completely before you get ready to plant your succulents in the box.

You can use small cuttings or leaves from succulents for this type of planters. It will be easier to place these cuttings inside the wire mesh, rather than trying to fit the roots between the wire and disturbing the plant.

Best Type of Succulents for Wall Planters

The most preferable type of succulents to grow vertically in the wall planters are the short and wide growing rosette shaped ones. Sempervivums and Echeverias have a large variety of popular species which would meet with this aspect.

Echeveria Elegans

Another succulent type that is popular for vertical gardening is the species growing veins or tentacles. When time passes, they will grow long out of the container beautifully. You can give a chance to one of these best hanging succulents I listed before.

Senecio Rowleyanus

The arrangement of the different species of succulents is left to your own taste. Use your eye for combining the arrangement also with the type of planter you use and the interior decor you will put it up to the wall.

A lot of succulents would go together really well. But you can try making variations of the same genus as an “Echeveria Garden”, or you can use the contrast of completely different forms. Clustering succulent plants according to their degrading colors will also make a great scene in your living picture frame.

How to Maintain Vertical Succulent Gardens?

When you first plant the cuttings inside a vertical wall planter, make sure that you wait till the succulents give roots and make a solid place in the soil. At the top of the soil, you can fill the gaps between the plants using some moss as extra support. After a while the succulents will grow and cover the surface. You can hang the arrangement when it is strong and stable.

Since many of these wall planters do not have drainage holes, be extra careful when watering. Give water enough to moist the soil, but try not to soak it up. You can check the soil with the help of a wooden stick and see if it is moist or dry.

Place the wall planters at a bright room or outdoor space. Succulents like partial to full sun. So let them get direct sunlight for a couple of hours in the mornings.  

Despite the strange position of the wall planters, succulent plants require more or less the similar maintenance. Check out the complete guide of “How to Care for Succulents Indoors” if you have any doubts.

Image from Flickr

The best feature of the succulent plants is that they can adapt to various conditions. These plants can even grow vertically on the walls.

Wall planters provide a great use of space and an interesting display of succulents in many shapes and colors. Combining a variety of species with the unique options of wall containers, create a “one of a kind” vertical succulent garden.

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