What Are Wall Planters, and How Do They Work?

Have you ever heard the term "wall planter" and wondered: 

What (exactly) is a wall planter? 

What is the point of a wall planter?

How much are they? 

What are different types of wall planters?  

Well, there's good news: 

What are wall planters, and how do they work?

In this article, we will breakdown all you need to know about wall planters and more!

What is a wall planter? 

A wall planter is a small container, typically the size of a flower pot, that is mounted or hung on a wall.

Wall planters can:

- contain either fake or real, living plants
- can be installed indoors or outdoors
- are a popular DIY project

Now that you know what a wall planter is at the most basic level, you probably are curious: 

What types of plants do you put in a wall planter? 

Read on to find out, the answers are surprising to most...

What do wall planters contain? 

Wall planters (if containing real plants), will typically contain either: 

- succulents
- herbs
- flowers

Succulents are often the most popular living plant to put in wall planters.

Why? 

Succulents are typically popular in wall plants because of their "striking and unusual appearance" to this Wikipedia article.

Well known succulents include: 
- Garden asparagus
- Aloe vera
- Cactus

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Of course, for those just desiring the appearance of a living plant, many wall planters have artificial plants, typically made of plastic.

A Short Video on DIY Wall Planters

What are the benefits of a wall planter? 

There's only 2 main reasons why one might hang a wall planter or set of planters either indoors or outdoors.

Wall planters provide: 

1) Aesthetic decoration
2) Potentially small amounts of edible produce

To determine which types of wall planters are suitable for growing produce, view the section below titled, "What are the different types of wall planters?".

How much do wall planters cost? 

On this Etsy page, the average wall planter product cost of the top 5 most popular results was $22.26.

$12.90 (single) 
$16.65 (single)
$20.00 (three)
$19.75 (two)
$42.00 (ten) 

However as you can see from above, wall planters typically come in different set quantities.

The average price per wall planter was only $6.55 USD.

What are the primary types of wall planters?

Wall planters can be made of a variety of different materials, including but not limited to: 

- plastic
- wood
- ceramic
- metal (iron) 
- glass

To get a better sense of the types of wall planters that are out there, check out this Top 20 Wall Planter Designs Pinterest board.

Wall Planters vs Grow Walls: Similarities and Differences

As mentioned above, certain types of wall planters can be utilized to grow produce, specifically vegetables like leafy greens.

In this case "grow walls" are often used instead of wall planters.

Here's what's interesting: 

Grow walls can be classified as a type of wall planter.

However there are some differences despite similarities: 

Similarities: 
- Both can be mounted on a wall or trellis
- Both have an aesthetic component
- Both can be installed either inside or outside

Differences: 

- Grow walls are specifically designed to produce food, not just look good
- Grow walls can support "vine plants" like cucumber that a less heavy duty wall planter may not be designed to support
- Grow walls are often one large installation instead of a set of smaller wall planter modules
- Grow walls are typically much larger than a single wall planter.

Additionally grow walls often: 

a) use growing mediums
b) require fertilizer and specific watering schedules
c) require regular harvesting

What is an example of a grow wall? 

Now: 

To complete the compare and contrast between a wall planter and grow wall, see this page from Bright Agrotech for an example of a grow wall.

Note:

In this article we  keep our focus on wall planters, for more information on grow walls, check out this post "The Ultimate Guide To Living Green Walls" by Sean Heffernan.

Tip: Depending on where you purchase your wall planter,  keep in mind that planters made of fragile materials like glass or ceramic can be damaged during shipping, and you may or may not be able to get a refund.

Conclusion

After reading this article, you now have a basic understanding of wall planters (and maybe you will be buying or making one soon).

So now that you have this info, we encourage you to take action! 

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