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jamesmcdowell
Jun 9, 2020 7:26 AM CST
Hello all,
I have an interesting room that is about 8' wide and 20' long and 14' high with essentially a glass ceiling. It's really just a massive skylight, but it's like the room was built around it.
It has glass french doors that lead into it, but otherwise no windows because it's in the center of the building. Except for a few hours of very high light (8-10k) midday, the average is around 300-500 fc.

I'd like to cover the walls with plants and vines, and I was hoping you guys could help with some creative ideas and advice. It's an artist's loft, so even though I rent, I have free reign to do whatever I want.

I've been looking at these Wally Eco Pockets. I hesitate because of all the posts I've read on here that discourages repotting. Have any of you guys used them? I'm wondering if I would be better off just using shelves and hangers etc.






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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 9, 2020 10:03 AM CST
Unless you are quite experienced with indoor plants and proper repotting techniques, then you are probably better off keeping the plants in their nursery pots and putting those into decorative planters including hanging and wall planters.

I assume you understand that The Wally Pockets are made of fabric and need to be set inside something else to retain the water. They do have the advantage of being less prone to overwatering, but they are also more likely to dry out sooner. They have to be set up properly initially and it takes a while to get used to watering them properly.

From your description, it's best to stick with low light plants.
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jamesmcdowell
Jun 9, 2020 11:06 AM CST
Thanks Will,
The pockets I was looking at are made from recycled milk jugs, but I had a feeling the advise would be not to repot.

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sallyg
Jun 12, 2020 11:31 PM CST
Sound really cool looking in concept but I dont know how you properly care for those plants without water running down the wall. Or if no holes, you'll need to learn how often and how much to water or the plants will be sitting in puddles, or getting too dry sometimes. And dont go overboard or or you will be driving yourself nuts keeping them properly watered. Sticking tongue out
But if you're game, go for it and show us pics. The sample has some pothos, Epipremnum officially, which are one good low light choice. Thumbs up Thumbs up
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)

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