The strawberries are showing young fruit and the roots are beginning grow into the felt where they receive moisture and nutrients. The top pockets are left open to place time-release food spikes. We are using Jobes Organics Fertelizer Spikes and allowing the drip irrigation lines to drip over the spikes. This creates a stream of nutrient water to wick through the felt and to the roots.
A visit to the vegetable test gardens in Brentwood are fruitful. Small berries are starting to form on the strawberry wall and the tomatoes are flowering already. After 3 weeks the Harvest Walls are growing in. The roots emerge from the root wrappers to receive nutrients and water from the felt.
We have run irrigation lines across the top row of pockets. We are using 1/4″ mini soaker hose connected to 1/4″ irrigation tubing connecting it to the hose timer. Our hose timers are set to water for 1 minute every 6 hours.
Usually it is considered too early to start planting in this area because the ground is too cold. The pleated planters are warmed by the sun getting us off to an early start.
After 3 months the slow growing peperomia is filling in. Peperomia is a very low light succulent and used very little water. The drip irrigation is set for 10 minutes every 5 days. Overall it been very low maintenance and has been a delight to live with.
Florafelt Pocket Panel Floating Living Wall at Plants On Walls Showroom in San Francisco.
Succulence Nursury in San Francisco is selling planted and unplanted pleated planters. Ken Shelf has prepared delightful arrangements that are intended to grow in and become entire works of art.
Plants On Walls traveled to Fort Lauderdale to show at the 2010 TPIE Show. We were overwhelmed with interest in our Florafelt Pocket Panel full wall display, the Small, Wide and Tall Pocket Panel, and a Stainless Steel Florafelt Recirc-33 on display. We also demonstrated how to use Root Wrappers. Leaving portions of the full wall unplanted gave us the opportunity to demonstrate how to wrap the roots of plants and simply slide them into the pockets.
We were also delighted and surprised to receive the Retailer’s Choice Award. The recognition comes from retailers choosing booths having the top 10 innovative products. We also were asked to formally present our products to the group.
Two Floraframe Panels with galvanized frames were installed on the south facing side of the house. Procrosmas were planted in the pockets. Procrosmas are woody like shrubs that show bright colors when given ample sun. They make a fantastic display.