Vertical Gardens: Arrangement of Plants
Updated: Apr 6, 2018
Vertical gardening is rapidly becoming the most widely used method for maximizing the space within a greenhouse. Vertical gardening is exactly what it sounds like: gardening in vertical rows instead of horizontal. For greenhouse horticulturists, vertical gardening opens up the possibility of filling the greenhouse from the bottom to the top with foliage.
There are multiple methods a greenhouse horticulturist can use vertical gardening techniques, but shelving, vertical planters, and vertical hydroponic systems are the most widely used methods. The shelving utilized in a greenhouse allows a gardener to stack plants on top of every other and better utilize the given floor space.
There are various ways greenhouse shelving can be set up in a greenhouse. Generally, the shelving should be set up in multiple levels with the highest tier on the wall that's opposite the side of the greenhouse that receives the most light. By doing this, the plants on the higher shelving will not shade out the other plants located lower in the garden. Vertical Planters are also used as growing equipment in these gardens and are usually manufactured or home made and are the planting structures designed to house plants in a vertical manner. An example of a home made vertical planter can be a plastic 55-gallon drum with holes cut into the side where the plants can be placed.
Vertical planters are generally designed for use with potting soil. Usually, these planters are watered from the top, allowing gravity to bring the humidity to all the plants in the container. An important arrangement is done as vertical hydroponic systems and uses upright gardening in a vertical position. Most vertical hydroponic systems are recirculation systems those provision that the nutritive solution is collected and reused after each feeding. The nutrient solution is commonly delivered to the uppermost plant module so gravitation can bring the solution to the remaining plants down below.
Vertical hydroponic systems combine the speed of - growth associated with hydroponic gardening and the space-maximizing advantages of vertical gardening. Few important aspects to contemplate with setting up vertical gardening are plants arrangement such that they should not obscure other plants in the greenhouse. The taller vertical system should be placed on the opposite side of the incoming light in the greenhouse. The very best way to arrange a vertical garden appropriately is in stadium seating order. Another important consideration for vertical systems is nutrient consistency. This is most important in vertical hydroponic systems where the nutrient solution will be reused. Daily monitoring of nutrient and pH levels in a vertical hydroponic system is a must.
More about Hydroponic Systems can be read from my blog on Hydroponics Farming.
Renu Joshi, Ph. D.