Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Vertical Succulent Panels - Part 2

A 2 ft. X 3 ft. panel, , the first I built, with very little prior research into the various "dos and don'ts."  This is mounted on an East-facing stucco wall that gets several hours of very direct morning sun.  Although the panel turned out very nice, I definitely learned a few things for subsequent projects relative to managing the size, weight, irrigation, soil compaction, exposure, etc.

...and here is a detail view.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Hanging Baskets with Succulents

I line the hanging basket with 1/4" wire mesh, and pack it very tightly with cactus mix.

Then, flip the basket upside-down onto plywood and plant with succulent cuttings.

Water frequently and keep upside-down in a shady spot.  When ready (either cuttings are securely packed, or rooted, or loose plants are secured with floral pins), flip the basket, hang it and plant the top.  Water the baskets as the soil dries.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Vertical Gardening - Triptych

Three 2 ft. X 2 ft. vertical succulent boxes hanging on a North-facing wall.  This location gets about two to three hours of indirect morning sunlight.  The boxes are removed from the wall for hose watering, using a diffuser nozzle, about every 5 days in summer, less frequently in cooler months.  For panels like these, built using a wood frame - soil - wire mesh construction, this size, 2' X 2', is about as large as you can go due to practicality of watering and soil compaction issues that will hamper the sustainability of larger panels.