Green walls are popping up everywhere. From home interiors that need an aesthetic lift to business spaces - indoors and out - where a pop of colour can make all the difference, the green wall is increasingly being recognised as a big asset. Green walls come in many different options, especially when it comes to size and design as well as whether the foliage is artificial or real. If you’re looking to install a green wall then the choice between artificial and real can make all the difference going forward.
Artificial vs real - what do consider
Unlike a real green wall you don’t need to worry about watering your artificial green wall. In fact, other than dusting the leaves every now and again it doesn’t require any upkeep at all. A real green wall, on the other hand, can need a lot of looking after. Watering, fertilising and pruning are just some of the jobs that you’re going to need to factor in on a regular basis if you have a real green wall. Plus, you may find that some of the plants in a real green wall die and need to be replaced.
Pests and poisons
Obviously, an artificial green wall presents few - if any - problems where pests are concerned. However, that’s not the case with a real green wall which will need to be regularly treated to ensure that any pest problems are kept under control. Another key issue that often arises with a real green wall is the potential for the leaves or flowers to be consumed by pets and poison them - this is very unlikely to happen with an artificial green wall.
If you’re going to opt for a real green wall then the positioning matters a lot. You’ll need to ensure that the space you choose has the right level of light to allow the plants to thrive and that the humidity in the air is also at the right level. This can be problematic, especially in interior spaces, and is not something you need to worry about with an artificial green wall.
Choice and seasons
Real plants flower in seasons so if you have a real green wall you’re going to have to accept that there are some times in the year when it won’t look at its best. As an artificial green wall is not made of seasonal plants it looks good all year round.
These are some of the key factors to consider if you’re choosing between an artificial and a real green wall - how much time and money do you want to spend on maintenance and what impact are you hoping that this investment will make?