QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Florafelt Vertical Garden and Living Walls Frequently Asked Questions and Answers, FAQ



What is a vertical garden?
A vertical garden is a method to grow plants on walls. Found in nature and ancient civilizations, vertical gardens have been thriving for centuries on walls all over the world.


How does a vertical garden work?
Nutrient water flows over a vertical surface to feed the roots which keeps the plants alive.


How do you water a vertical garden?
Water is supplied at the top row of pockets which wicks down through the felt and can be supplied by a drip irrigation or hand watered.


What kind of plants can be grown in a vertical garden?
Most plants can be grown where it receives its proper light, water and nutrient requirements.


How much do vertical garden planters cost?
The Florafelt Vertical Garden Planter System costs $23 a square foot.


Can you grow vertical gardens indoors?
Vertical gardens can be grown indoors in water-proof prepared areas. Water collection trays at the base are needed to drain away excess water.


What if a plant dies?
Florafelt Vertical Planters are designed for easy removal and replacement of existing plants. Simply remove the root-wrapped plant and replace with fresh plant material.


How much light does a vertical garden need?
Plants are rated from shade to full-sun. Houseplants are generally grown in low-light indoor situations whereas succulents mostly prefer direct sun. All plants need adequate light to thrive however some plants will burn in direct sunlight. Choosing the right plants is critical for success in any garden. Ask your local greenhouse, garden center, or landscaper for advice on the type of plants that will be best for your situation.


Where can I get plants for my vertical garden?
You can find great plants at your local garden center or plant nursery as well as good advice from their staff. Then you can simply Root-Wrap your own plants.


Do plants filter the air?
Studies at NASA have shown how plants filter toxins from the air. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_air-filtering_soil_and_plants


What is the difference between the Florafelt System and how Patric Blanc installs vertical gardens?
Patric Blanc uses the 'slit and staple' method and specs PVC board which is expensive and very toxic to manufacture. With Patric Blanc's system you can't change plants around and it drips water off the front. Our Florafelt pleated pocket method is so easy and you can install a fully planted living wall in a day.


What if it freezes?
The panels can be used seasonally and stored for winter or you can create a winter cover that includes lights to keep the temperature high enough to keep the plants safe from frost. The vertical planters themselves are made from PET plastics that can withstand below freezing temperatures.


Will the hot sun hurt it?
The felt on Florafelt Vertical Planters is made from polyethylene which can withstand temperatures up to 220 degrees fahrenheit.


How do you attach it?
Florafelt Vertical Planters can be hung from the top tabs with 2 hooks or nails. They can be more permanently attached with screws and washers behind the felt edges.


Can it survive a hurricane?
Florafelt Vertical Planters can be easily removed and stored during storm conditions.


Will birds tear it apart?
Generally this has not been an issue however we do not recommend using them for parrot cages.


What types of systems are available?
We offer the Florafelt Vertical Planters for simple outdoor use and DIY wall installations. We also offer Florafelt Recirc Systems that are self-watering plug-and-play systems that are great for indoors.


Can it be used to display flowers?
Flowering plants such as orchids work great for display purposes. Cut flowers are not recommended.


How long will it last?
Florafelt Vertical Planters are durable and can be used for many years if properly cared for. They can also be cleaned and reused for seasonal plantings.


How often do you water them?
Watering cycles vary with plant choices. House plants may need watering twice a week whereas outdoor planter may require daily watering.


Do they create humidity in the room?
Florafelt Vertical Planters are great for providing a desirable amount of humidity to your environment. Especially near the plants themselves which helps them thrive.


Can you grow food on them?
Vegetables can be grown in Florafelt Vertical Planters with proper nutrients, water and light.


Do they get moldy?
Florafelt Vertical Planters wick water through the back surfaces and become dry between watering cycles which keeps mold from growing.


Can they take heavy rains?
The felt in Florafelt Vertical Planters can take heavy rain because water is not held by the fabric and quickly wicks out of the felt.


Do I need to hire an architect?
Architects are good for large scale projects where waterproofing and drainage requirements are need for building permits.


How do to find a vertical landscaper?
Many landscape designers are now becoming vertical garden installers.


Can vertical gardens be used with aquatic life in ponds or aquariums?
Pockets in Florafelt Vertical Planters can be used to contain other growing mediums including bark, coco-fiber, or lava growing mediums. Nutrient water from a pond or aquarium is circulated through the inert PET plastic once a day for 30 minutes to an hour. Nutrients from the water are filtered and used by plant material. The pond water will offer nutrients and introduce microbiology to feed the roots. The key is to avoid soil and fertilizers that will harm fish. The fish themselves create adequate amounts of natural fertilizer. Symbiotically, the fish feed the wall while the wall cleans and oxygenates the water.


How much does the living wall weigh?
Unplanted, the Florafelt Vertical Planters weigh 1.5 pounds per square foot. Planted and wet they weigh about 5 pounds per square foot.


Are they ok to use around kids and pets?
Florafelt Vertical Planters can be mounted above the reach of children and pets. Choose safe type plants only. The panels themselves are non-toxic but not recommended where they can be exposed to damage by children or pets.


How far will the plants project out from the living wall?
On average allow 12 inches. Mosses, Sedums or Grasses will protrude about 6" where as a Japanese maple might reach out 3 feet or more. It's best to keep larger plants trimmed back so they don't get too big. Tropicals and succulents are generally compact and easy to maintain.


Can I grow vegetables in a vertical garden?
Yes. Vegetables and herbs work great. Choose the patio variety tomatoes and make sure they all have full sun. Lettuces also are great because they are off the ground and away from pests and rodents. Just be sure to use a light fertilizer each time you water.


What are Florafelt Vertical Planters made of?
FELT POCKETS - High tensile strength and resiliency - Superior thermal insulation and acoustical properties (0.66 noise reduction coefficient) - Will not break down or bottom out - Hypo-allergenic - Moth-proof; mildew and odor-resistant - Contains No Irritants Or Carcinogens. - Lightweight And formable. - Passes FMVSS 302. BACKING BOARD - The backing board is a sturdy plastic sheeting extruded from polyethylene (HDPE). Its fluted ribs support both surfaces, making it light weight, tough and abuse resistant. Additionally, it is both chemical, water resistant, and recyclable.


Is there a vertical planting or living wall install guide I can follow?
See the Florafelt Vertical Garden Guide. http://PlantsOnWalls.com/guide


Where can I get planting ideas for vertical gardens?
Have a look at our Wordpress, YouTube and Facebook pages for planting ideas.
http://plantsonwalls.wordpress.com/
http://www.youtube.com/user/PlantsOnWalls
http://www.facebook.com/PlantsOnWalls


How can I learn more about vertical gardening?
Further reading: Patric Blanc, From Nature to the City http://amzn.com/0393733793


If you have any other questions or comments please email us at: info@plantsonwalls.com