Florafelt Vertical Garden Planter Instructions

Make living walls easy with the patented Florafelt System. Pleated synthetic felt pockets are designed to stretch open and receive wrapped plants for a lightweight, dripless, changeable vertical garden experience. Discover the many ways you can use Florafelt to create a custom living wall installation indoors or in your outdoor garden. Learn how you can simply hang them on hooks and let them drip into your garden below or build waterproofed installations for indoor installations.

Safety First

  • Use caution when using tools to protect yourself from injury.
  • Ensure proper grounding of electrical devices and always use a ground fault circuit interrupt (GFCI) in wet locations.
  • Make water holding tanks child safe by using locked covers.
  • Manage small parts and clean up work areas to prevent choking hazards.
  • Be aware of toxic plant materials around pets or children.
  • Wear gloves to project hands when using tools or handling plant materials.

Quick Start

Stretch Open Pockets

  • Before mounting, first stretch open all the pockets using a small pipe or tool handle to get leverage.
  • Pull firmly. Felt will give and stretch to about 2 ½ inches out.
  • Do not pull excessively.

Hang From Mounting Tabs

  • Florafelt Planters are lightweight modular panels with felt pockets attached to a rigid plastic board.
  • The panels come with hanging tabs so they can also be hung on hooks, nails, or deck screws which works great for small installs in wet areas.

Florafelt Root Wraps

  • Wraps are made from the same material as the pockets
  • Wraps wick water to the soil
  • Root will grow into the loosely woven felt
  • Wraps are very important because they hold the soil together and prevent air gaps
  • Wraps keep the soil contained and make for a tidy install

How to use Florafelt Root Wraps

  • See Videos online to learn how: www.plantsonwalls.com/videos
  • Recommended to one Florafelt Wrap per pocket
  • The Wrap is folded similar to a ”diaper”
  • Use a rubber band to hold it together
  • Pre-moisten the root-wrapper to prevent ‘root shock’
  • Use One or two of the 4 inch potted plants that will fit nicely into each root wrapper
  • Use One 6″ potted plant with some soil removed for a fully grown in look
  • Add or remove enough soil to make a sort of flat pouch that easily slides into the pocket
  • Wraps can be removed and unwrapped to remove or add plants
  • Wraps are made from recycled PET and will last a lifetime

Planting the Wall

  • Highly recommended to first install and test the irrigation system
  • To check for even flow touch inside the pockets
  • Moisture will collect at the bottom fold of each pocket
  • The front of the pocket will remain dry allowing the roots and soil to breath
  • Be sure to seat the wrapped plant firmly to touch the bottom of the pocket
  • Water will wick up an into each plant
  • In time roots will grow through the root wrapper and into the moist felt pocket

Watering

The florafelt system uses minimal soil so it must be watered very often depending on exposure and types of plants used. Water moves through the system so watering more frequently for shorter periods will conserve water. Hand watering will work best for succulents that like to get completely dry between waterings. Herbs and other plants will do better with a drip system that will keep constant moisture available to the roots at all times.

Hand Water

  • Daily
  • Best for Succulents

Drip Irrigation Kit

  • Recommended
  • Easy to use
  • Pre-assembled timer/filter unit
  • Irrigation and button emitters can be customized for your install
  • Available on our website: www.plantsonwalls.com/drip-irrigation-kit

Mounting Methods

Below are some suggested ways to permanently install Florafelt Planters with a neat framed edge or wood or metal. Metal edges can also double as drain trays for a minimalist finish that makes the plants float impossibly from a thin plane.

Custom Sizing

Florafelt Pocket Panels can be trimmed using a box cutter on the back and titanium scissors to trim the felt.

Melt Holes

Florafelt fibers are extremely tough so you’ll find it’s nearly impossible to drive a deck screw into the felted panel without it binding. The solution is to use a soldering iron to melt holes into the felt. Use of a 3/8 inch soldering iron will quickly make nice neat holes in the Florafelt material. This will allow you to then drill into concrete and use screw attachments.

Waterproofing to Protect Walls

Typically is a good idea to provide an air gap to allow the wall to dry out in humid conditions. The designs below use wood supports to support the vertical garden system away from the wall 1-2 inches.

Custom Metal Edge

A ‘perfect fit’ metal edge can be custom folded by a metal shop in your area. You can choose a material that best suits your design; Brushed Stainless Steel, Copper, Galvanized; Paint Grade Galvanized, for example.

 

Ask your metal shop to fold a C-Channel with dimensions: 4″, 1-3/4″, 1-3/4″. The 1-3/4″ size will fit perfectly over the edge of a panel to create a perfect finished edge. The longer 4″ part will be attached to the support structure. Also you can have them add a drain tube for the bottom channel to magically take water away. Be sure the drain tube is large enough to handle the flow from the irrigation system and big enough to not get clogged. 3/4″ works for most situations.

Plywood Backed Metal Framed Vertical Garden

 

  • For extra support or in places where fewer supporting members are desired a treated or marine plywood backed system makes for a more robust installation.
  • Support members can be run horizontally or vertically to support a plywood sheet away from the wall.
  • Similar to above, custom metal edges frame the wall. Corners are sealed, waterproofing is installed, then the planters are attached within.
  • This drawing shows how a minimalist edge that meets the decking can be used at the base.

Wood Framed Vertical Garden

 

  • Simple and economical this wood framed vertical garden creates a soft look with a wood edge.
  • Either Horizontal or vertical wood spacers are attached to the wall. Then the wood (or other materials) frame the edge.
  • For extra waterproofing, 2 layers of building paper are added, then Rubber pond liner is placed inside the frame, curled up around the edges, then trimmed.
  • The panels are then attached to the support frame with deck screws. A gutter at the base collects extra water which is either drained away or recirculated back into the system.

Metal Framed Floating Vertical Garden

 

This metal framed vertical garden insets the support structure making it appear to float.

 

Horizontal members are attached to the wall and will be even more secure if connected to it’s structural studs.

 

A custom metal edging is then attached at the edges allowing 2 inches at the top and bottom sides only. This will allow easier access to the pockets at the top and let the bottom tray also collect runoff water. Be sure to use sealant at the bottom corners of the frame to prevent dripping and also make drainage connections at the bottom edge for drain away or recirculating water.

 

For extra waterproofing use 2 layers of building paper then add rubber pond liner that is taped at the edges.

 

Florafelt Pocket Planters are then attached to the horizontal member behind the wall using deck screws.

Solutions for Existing Structures

Drywall

  • Air gap is required
  • Check with local building codes for required minimums
  • 1-1/2 inches is typically adequate
  • Use horizontal sleepers
  • Make physical attachment to studs within wall

Wood

  • Air gap is required
  • Use horizontal supports 12 inches on center vertically
  • Add a self-sealing waterproof barrier (rubber pond liner)
  • Attach panels to horizontal supports

Concrete and Stucco

  • Air gap required if interior area to remain dry
  • Stucco is typically on a wood structure and will need to remain dry
  • Use horizontal supports 12 inches on center vertically
  • Attach support structure with concrete screws
  • Add a self-sealing waterproof barrier (rubber pond liner)
  • Attach panels to horizontal supports

Retaining Walls

  • Walls that do not require drying out
  • No air gap is required
  • Attach directly to the concrete or masonry
  • Use Tapcon type fasteners or similar

Self-Supporting

  • Use wood or metal frame
  • Panels can be attached directly to the structure
  • Use waterproofing for interior locations

Irrigation Systems

  • The florafelt system requires regular and constant watering
  • Water moves through the system and drips from the bottom
  • Moisture collects at the bottom fold in each pocket
  • Roots grow into the moist felt
  • Wrapped plants must touch the bottom fold to wick moisture

Drip Systems

  • Automatic Irrigation
  • Best for most situations

Drip Irrigation Kit

  • Easy and ready to use

Connect to Existing System

  • Common drip irrigation systems
  • Typical landscaping knowledge

Drip to Garden Below

Drain Tray

  • Direct water to a nearby drain
  • Use on patios that need to stay dry
  • Drain to a cistern for reclaim use

Recirculating Systems

Tank

  • Tank Sizing
  • Material
  • Locate Below
  • Hidden Tank

Pump

  • Choosing Pump Height
  • Maintenance

Timer

  • Grounded 3-prong
  • GFCI Safety
  • Programming
  • Recommended Settings

Drain Tray

  • Plastic Gutter
  • Drain to Tank

Recirculating Systems Maintenance

The water tank should be checked weekly and topped off. Do not add water while the unit is on since water will continue to drip from the planter and cause overflow. Wait one hour after the pump cycle or when all water has drained from the felt planter. Tank draining and water replacement is recommended every 4 to 6 months to prevent salt buildup from fertilizers.

Daily
  • Observe the plants
  • Notice if plants look wilted
  • Or if they have faded leaves
  • Or show rotting bases or browned leaves
  • Also notice if they have new buds or have made new roots
Weekly
  • Top off water tank. Do not add water while pump is running.
  • Add plant food to the tank (1/4 tsp Maxsea)
Monthly Tasks
  • Notice plant health and adjust water timing if necessary
  • Remove dead leaves
  • Remove dead plants and replace
Every 3 Months
  • Empty tanks and replace water
  • Clean pump and check water flow
Tip: Use your E-Calendar
  • Add these events to your electronic calendar and use the repeated events feature with reminders.
  • Copy and paste this info for each frequency listed.

Feeding

  • In time the soil will lose its nutrients
  • Microbiology will need to be fed
  • Use organic based fertilizers to keep microbiology alive
  • Recommend Maxea seaweed based fertilizer or similar
  • Do not overfeed
  • Wait until leaves become slightly pale
  • Too much food will make plants grow too quickly and produce sugars that will attract pests

Hand Feeding

  • Use a pressure sprayer
  • Feed in the Spring or as needed
  • Add organic plant food spikes at the top pockets

Automatic Feeding

  • Dosatron inline plant food injector
  • See: https://www.plantsonwalls.com/product-p/fdfi.htm

Recirc feeding

  • Add to tank

Change and Rearrange

  • Plants can be removed and changed.
  • Mature plants will permanently attach themselves to the felt.
  • Small hair like roots can be broken and removed if necessary.
  • Often root disturbance will not harm the plant if moved.

Seasonal Use

  • Store for winter
  • Cover
  • Add Warmth

Troubleshooting

  • Dry Pockets
  • Pests
  • Drips

Order Parts

  • Shop Online: www.plantsonwalls.com
  • Root Wraps
  • Accessories

Questions?

  • Call us at 770-406-6330
  • Or Email: info@plantsonwalls.com

 

Warranty

Plants On Walls warrants the following with respect to Product manufactured by Plants On Walls or bearing the FLORAFELT label: (1) that the Product is free from defects in material and workmanship and when used in accordance with the Product instructions, will operate substantially in accordance with the applicable functional specifications applicable to the product release purchased; and (2) that upon payment in full for the Product, they shall be rendered free and clear of liens, claims or encumbrances of any kind.

 

Limitation of Liability

Plants On Walls is not responsible or liable for care and maintenance of plants used in our Florafelt Vertical Garden Planters, or any other products related to Plants On Walls. Plants On Walls is not responsible or liable for water damage to interior or exterior of buildings, homes, or finishes due to misuse or accidental moisture dripping from plants, lack of maintenance of watering systems, or for any reason for moisture damage or loss due to damages of any kind. It is up to the purchaser to properly protect all surfaces from water exposure or overflow by providing water catchment drain trays and/or vapor barriers to areas of potential damage. Learning about plants can be a trial and error experience. Education and patience are essential to the mastery of gardening. If you are new to gardening or require a perfect display consider hiring of qualified landscape maintenance professionals to assist with plant selection, planting, watering, feeding, pest control, lighting, and general maintenance to assure optimal health for the living wall. Plants On Walls is not responsible and to be held harmless to damage to buildings, water leakage, loss of plants, bodily harm, or any accidental damages of any kind.