Florafelt Pocket Panels – Hang on Hooks
Simply Hang From Tabs at the Top
Florafelt Vertical Garden Planters come with hanging tabs located at the top corners. You can simply hang them on hooks or even deck screws, nails, or use zip ties.
Larger vertical gardens can be created by creating a grid of hooks spaced at 32 inches horizontally and 24 inches vertically. The panels can then be overlapped to create a continuous planting surface.
Use the Mounting Tabs to Hang from Hooks
A grid of hooks on the wall is a simple way to mount Florafelt Vertical Garden Planters to a wall.
Hooks are screwed into framing or a solid wall to create a regular grid. Planters are then shingled on the wall by hanging them by their nylon mounting tabs.
The air gap keeps the back dry, while the planters shingle down so that the water drips into the lower felt.
Simply water the top row only and the water will spread evenly down the wall. It’s an ideal method for outdoors – on fences and walls where water is not an issue.
For extra safety indoors, use rubber pond liner on the wall. Be sensible. Consult with a licensed architect for structural advice for a large installation and when you are concerned about moisture sensitive areas.
Stuff pockets with Root-Wrapped plants to create your living design. Plants will grow out a foot or more, and eventually the felt pockets will simply disappear behind your living wall.
How To Mount Florafelt Using the Hanging Tabs
1. Choose a rigid backing like masonry wall, brick, wood fence, or plywood facing.
2. Waterproofing is not necessary for exterior rated surfaces. However, for interior surfaces glue a rubber EDPM pond liner to the wall first.
3. Measure and mark a grid pattern spaced 32 inches across and 24 inches high for each Florafelt 12-Pocket planter. You can vary the width using the Florafelt 4-Pocket planters, which are 12” wide. See Wall Marking Guides below.
4. Install sturdy hooks or Tap-con screws on the grid marks. If needed, use rubberized sealant where the hook penetrates the rubber membrane.
5. Use the nylon tabs on the top of the Florafelt Panels to mount the panels. Adjacent planters can share the hook or screw. Use a heavy duty black zip tie to secure the loop to the screw.
6. Install a drip line in the top row of pockets only. Water will slowly drip down and wick evenly throughout. Connect to an automatic watering timer that runs 15 – 30 minutes, twice daily. Adjust as needed.
7. Excess water will drip from the bottom, which can water a planter below or be directed, using a rain gutter, to a nearby drain or collection tank to recirculate.
8. (Optional) Build a frame to finish the edges. Leave pond liner long at the edges to make the edges watertight too. Bend up and trim at the frame’s front edge.
Tie Down Bottom Edge
When stacking Florafelt Pocket Panels, add zip ties to the bottom edge to keep the panels from swinging out. This is very important in windy areas and will also keep your bottom flap tucked in properly.
- Locate the protruding staples on the back of the panel.
- Push a zip tie between the staple loop at the bottom most staple.
- Direct the end of the zip tie around the hanging tab of the panel below.
- Complete the zip tie loop and cinch tight.
- Make sure the bottom flap is tucked into and behind the top flap of the panel below.
Water by Hand – Or Use Standard Drip Irrigation
Florafelt panels can be hand watered with a hose outdoors. This works great with succulents that like to go dry. Or you can add an irrigation drip line at the top and let extra water drip from the bottom. A gutter can be placed at the bottom to direct water to a nearby drain.