As the summer comes to an end and back to school shopping begins, you’ll no doubt be thinking about how to decorate your new college living space. Whether it’s a cramped dorm, a new apartment or an overfilled house, the choice of decor will have a huge impact on your ability to get well adjusted and comfortable.
Succulents are the perfect college cacti because of how little work it takes to keep them alive. Between classes, social life, extracurriculars and all the other distractions college may bring, it can be daunting to take on the task of keeping plants alive. Succulents won’t require much attention, most need to be watered about every two weeks along with a few hours of sunlight exposure.
In most college living situations there isn’t much space to work with – so our modular panel systems are the perfect solution for decorating smaller, often times awkward spaces. Planted Places offers a variety of Succulent Living Wall Kits that contain everything (from the succulents to the wooden frame) you’ll need to get started on this back to school DIY project.
Modular panels come framed and unframed to allow maximum creativity when designing your wall.
HOW TO BUILD YOUR SUCCULENT LIVING WALL KIT IN 6 EASY STEPS
Step 1 Gather the Supplies
When your Planted Places kit arrives, everything will be carefully packaged to ensure that the plants made it to you safely. In fact, we worked with packaging engineers and did multiple test shipments to ensure that your plants will arrive safely — no matter where you live in the US.
You can also watch this additional video for an inside look at how we package and ship your succulents to you
Step 2 Stage the Succulents
Stage your plants in the planter grid before you plant them to ensure proper placement according to the design guide. Don’t be afraid to unleash your inner gardener and add your own personal style to the design. Once you have your desired design, place the succulents on a flat surface in front of you in the same layout.
Step 3 Add the Soil
Start by adding a layer of soil to the bottom of the planter cell, this will give the roots room to grow. Next, pop your succulent out of its plastic container and place it into the cell. Then add more soil around the plant and press it down so that it is compact.
Note on Soil: In a living wall, you need a regular potting soil mix to keep the succulents intact. This may be different than what you’ve heard about succulents needing porous soil.
Step 4 Fill the Grid with Succulents
Continue step 3 until you have filled all the planting cells with succulents in the panels. Once you’ve finished, you can use a small paintbrush to dust the dirt off of the succulent leaves.
Step 5 Water & Wait 2-3 Days
Once you’ve placed all of the succulents in the cells, you will need to water your plants. To do this, soak the soil in every cell so that it appears visibly wet. Once you’ve watered each cell in your Living Wall, you need to wait 2-3 days before you set it upright to hang on a wall or place on a shelf.
Step 6 Hang or Lean and Enjoy!
To hang the panels, you will need screws, screwdriver, something to mark with, a level and a tape measure. With these supplies, along with the metal brackets included in the shipment, you can hang your Living Wall. If you are in a living space that doesn’t allow items to be hung on the wall, we have other solutions for you! Read on to find out more.
Basic Care & Maintenance
Sunlight Find a place for your succulents near a window that receives natural sunlight for about 4-6 hours a day. Succulents will not show you their beautiful colors unless they are getting enough sunlight.
Water You’ll want to make sure not to overwater your succulents. You only need to water them once the soil is completely dry, this is usually once every 2 weeks for indoor succulent plants. Planted Places provides an optional irrigator attachment designed to go with the succulent panels. To use them you simply pour water into the top container and it will slowly trickle through the planter — replicating the way an inline drip system works in a yard. Finally, to avoid water damage, each shipment comes with the option to include a water basin that collects water dripping out of the planter. For more information on Succulent care, visit the Planted Places website for details.
Succulent Living Wall 9 month transformation
Don’t count yourself out of a Succulent Living Wall if you are moving into a dorm room and won’t be able to nail anything into the walls. We have devised a variety of ways for dorm dwellers to decorate with Succulent Living Walls no matter the constraints.
Idea 1 Leaning Living Walls
If you aren’t allowed to put holes in your walls, you can always find a nice place to lean your Living Wall. You can lean it against the wall on your desk, on a nicely placed floating shelf, bookcase or dresser. This will still add the texture, color, and vibrancy of succulents to your room without making any RA’s angry.
Idea 2 Mini Framed Kits and Planters
You can also incorporate smaller shaped wooden frame planters into your decor. Mini frames and planters are the perfect design solution to a small space. We have a variety of fun shapes that will bring your room to life. These smaller, giftware items are packaged and shipped the same way as the Succulent Living Walls. So you can still get your DIY on, even if on a tighter budget.
If you’re worried about how you’re going to budget the new supplies and textbooks you’ll be buying this Fall, you’re probably cutting costs for room decor. In this case, there are a variety of ways you can get your DIY on and build your own frame for a succulent living wall. You can use salvaged wood from an antique store or even find a used frame that fits at your local Goodwill. There are a lot of great tutorials online for how to build a frame to go with your succulent living wall panels. We especially like this tutorial byStephanieLynn.
Helpful links to get your started