As you know, the preserved green wall is perfect to offer your customers a green interior without maintenance. It brings a touch of biophilic design to interiors in a sustainable and ecological way. There are many ways to create green walls or pictures with preserved plants. As an expert in preserved plants for more than 15 years, we have combined the best tips for creating your own plant walls especially for the readers of our magazine.
Which preserved plants should you use for your project?
Foremost, think about the style of wall you want to make (you can get inspiration here). Reindeer moss and others mosses are the preferred plants for preserved walls. It is important to note that reindeer moss plant walls can tolerate up to 80% humidity, which makes this material an excellent choice for your projects. However, in a dry space, the list of plants to incorporate into your walls is varied: flat moss, ball moss, eucalyptus, ivy, salal, fern moss, amaranth and sprengeri. The choice will also depend on the style you want to give to your project: contemporary, exotic, romantic, forest… This type of realization offers unlimited creativity, you can also integrate flowers like gypsophila or roses. Don’t hesitate to stand out.
How much moss should be used for a preserved plant wall?
Now that you know which types of plants to include in your wall, you need to determine the total area to be covered in m² and the number of areas to be covered. This will determine the quantity of plants needed. For example, we estimate that you need about 1.5 boxes of 5 kg of preserved reindeer moss to cover 1 m². For preserved long moss, 2 bulk cartons will cover approximately 3m². These estimates will allow you to evaluate the quantity needed for your projects. On secondflor.com, the technical data sheets for each product provide a maximum of information to guide you: flat coverage for mosses and reindeer moss, packaging for foliage, dimensions, colours, etc. However, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that these estimates vary according to the desired effect and density.
How to create a preserved green wall step by step?
The method of creation of preserved plant walls is different for each professional. In this article, we present our basic method for creating a plant wall with volume as shown in the image below:
To create this type of green wall, you will need :
- sufficient quantities of selected plants,
- PVC or vinyl floor glue, preferably solvent-free,
- 2 to 3 cm thick florist’s foam,
- MDF, metal or Dibond panels that we use as a work support,
- tools: gloves, notched spatula, cutter or pruning shears,
- a scratch or screw system to stick the panels to the wall.
- The use of MDF or Dibond panels offers many advantages for the creation of green walls, as they do not present any risk of breakage when cut. Their fine texture offers a neat result. Their resistance to humidity and their perfectly homogeneous characteristics also facilitate the deposit of moss.
Note that it is important to work flat and to screw the sheets to the wall after gluing the plants.
- The floral foam sheets will allow you to insert preserved foliage or flowers to add uniqueness to your design. It will also help you create larger areas and a lush effect. Cut the floral foam to the desired thickness and shape. Glue the floral foam with PVC glue to the entire surface of your stand or to specific areas depending on your design.
- Once the foam is glued, wait at least 12 hours for it to dry before proceeding to the next step.
Tips : Place weights on the pieces of florist’s foam to press them tightly against the chosen surface while they dry.
- You can then glue the moss (long or flat) or reindeer moss chosen for the base of your wall. Once this first layer has been applied, add the other plants until you achieve the desired result.
- Fix the panels to the wall using a scratch system or by screwing them directly to the wall. The panels must be tightly clamped together so that the joint is invisible. It is possible to make vertical connections.
If you want to make a wall only of moss, you can do without floral foam and glue the plant directly to the support.
To find out more about the benefits of preserved green walls in offices, or about preservation techniques, go to the “What is it?” section of our magazine.
To create a profitable business with preserved green wall, discover our business file here. You can find the best prices for your plants at secondflor.com.