Living EcoWall FAQ

Here are the answers:

What is the size of the EcoWall panel?
The standard EcoWall panel measures 36” L x 36” H x 5-1/4” D. The modular design allows us to build living walls in increments of 36”. Our modular panels are easily cut to a custom height and we can easily create custom panels to accommodate curvature and custom lengths.
What are the most important considerations to address when designing an EcoWall?
The best living wall design is a well thought out design! We analyze many factors when formulating a design and specifying our living walls. It is important to acknowledge factors such as lighting, water quality, irrigation, wind, wall load bearing, access, maintenance strategy, environmental exposure, plant material, planting design, utility availability and system integration. These factors will vary from installation to installation but are critical to creating a long-lived living wall.
Does the EcoWall need irrigation?
Yes. Any successful living wall project will require irrigation. Living walls are different than green roofs or conventional landscapes because the vertical nature of a living wall limits the infiltration of rain water through the system. Hence, the irrigation system becomes the life support of the living wall – providing both water and nutrients to sustain growth.
How often does an EcoWall need to be irrigated?
This all depends on site specifications and the plant material selected. A living wall planted with plant material that typically grows in damp substrate will require more water than xeric plants that grow in drier conditions. Exposure also plays a key role. For example, a living wall facing north with require less water than a living wall facing south due to evaporative loss from solar radiation. A living wall located in an interior space is often less exposed to solar radiation and typically will require less irrigation cycles. EcoWalls will work with the client to identify the proper plant material for each project and this in turn will provide insight into the irrigation needs for the living wall.
How often do I need to maintain an EcoWall?
Maintenance all depends on the plant materials selected, environmental exposure, and access to the site. We typically employ a monthly site visit on most projects and this can be curtailed further to match the needs of the living wall and the client. A typical maintenance visit would include pruning, nutrient replacement, and inspecting plant material and irrigation equipment.
What types of plants can be used in an EcoWall?
The plant material that can be used in an EcoWall is extremely diverse. Most standard installations include low light tropical for interior applications and hardy perennials for exterior. The selection doesn’t end there, however. We can incorporate xeric plant species for projects sensitive to water use, marginal species for a wetlands walls or projects intended for grey water applications. Not unlike conventional landscapes, plant selection is site specific and also depends of the goals for the project.
Can I easily change out plant material in my EcoWall?
Plants can easily be changed out of the EcoWall. The plants can be removed and reinserted into the pocket to offer opportunities for seasonal displays or just to change the color pallet and design.
Who does EcoWalls work with?
EcoWalls offers in-house design/build capabilities and also works with a diverse array of design professionals through our Allied Professional Network. The Allied Professional (AP) program provides design professionals with education and hands-on training to design, install, and maintain our living wall systems. This allows our clients to work with the most qualified green wall professionals in the industry on a local level.
I would like to grow edible plants to harvest for cooking. Is this possible?
Absolutely! EcoWalls is pleased to offer the Chef’s Wall Garden; a new functional and aesthetically appealing design solution for grow herbs in vertical spaces. The Chef’s Wall Garden combines proper lighting and proven hydroponic plant production into a compact architectural vertical planter created specifically for growing herbs and other edible plants.
Can I use the EcoWall Living Wall System for Growing Herbs?
The EcoWall living wall system accommodates a diverse group of plant material including many herbs and other edible plants. However, living wall products have proven difficult to grow herbs for two reasons:
 
1. Most edible plants require high-light and these levels are often not supported in most interior spaces. Many supplemental light options do not supply enough light over the entirety of the living wall (leaving plants at the base to struggle for light) and the ones that do are often very bright and intrusive in most interiors.
 
2. The intent of growing edible plants is to, well frankly, eat them. Harvesting edible plants in a vertical garden often leaves an unsightly hole until the wall can be replanted. This is not sustainable practice and requires hefty maintenance.
 
The Chef’s Wall Garden incorporates correct lighting and irrigation equipment for growing herbs, leafy greens, vegetables, and fruit into a vertical planter system intended to stand out aesthetically. Logos, artwork, and other décor are easily integrated onto the Chef’s Wall Garden through our standoff system for a unique and interactive display. The system can also be incorporated into cabinetry and other furniture to blend into existing architecture. The Chef’s Wall Garden was developed to address the needs for growing edible plants vertically in both interior and exterior spaces as a sustainable solution for fresh produce production.