Hanging Gardens

Story Title: Hanging Gardens
Episode: Two
Broadcast Date: 30th March 2013
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane

A concept currently taking the world by storm is one called string gardens. There are few limits to the plant varieties you can use and the effect is simply stunning

How to create a String Garden

  • With cooler months approaching the plants of choice to go for are azaleas and camellias. Make sure they are relatively mature and try to keep the root ball mass down to a 9 to 12 litre soil area.
  • Wash the soil away from the roots. Try not to damage them and immediately after washing the soil away drop them in a bucket of diluted Seasol. This will reduce transplant shock and stimulate new root growth
  • The roots should be packed into an activated coco peat mix after being soaked for 10 minutes. The coco peat has had Troforte added, the microbes and minerals in this get the plant growing strongly and supports growth for over 6 months
  • Wrap the roots in hessian, go for a heavy grade and if you want an interesting effect wet the hessian and lay it in some lawn seed with the seed on the root and soil side of the hessian. This will sprout and grow a hairy green covering. In wet climates moss and sphagnum moss will work better
  • Finally tie the root ball with rope applying multiple rings which is more for effect than securing the root ball
  • Tie a suspending string using a nylon heavy gauge string to the top of the plant, then use it to attach to the top of the frame, roof or ceiling
  • String gardens do require a fair amount of maintenance and once every two weeks bring your plants down from the ceiling and soak in a wheelbarrow full of diluted Seasol to ensure success