Florafelt Pockets – Installation Guide

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.

Tuck in the Flaps

  • Very important for even watering.
  • When stacking panels vertically.
  • Tuck the bottom flap of the upper panel behind the top flap of the one below.

Florafelt Pockets. Tuck in flaps for even watering.

Florafelt Pockets Installation by Showplant Nursuries San Francisco.

Florafelt Pockets Installation by Showplant Nursuries San Francisco.

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

See: Florafelt Vertical Garden Planter Mounting Methods

Irrigation Systems

Water Flows Through the System

  • 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 Irrigation Kit

  • Easy and ready to use

Connect to Existing Drip Systems

  • Automatic Irrigation
  • Best for most situations
  • Common drip irrigation systems
  • Typical landscaping knowledge

Drain Water Away

Drip to Garden or Planter Below

Many installations are installed in places where there is a garden directly below the living wall. Consider adding a french drain or rock bed to receive the drips. Set your timer to water in short bursts to minimize runoff and prevent flooding below.

Direct Runoff to a Drain Nearby

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

Recirculating Systems

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

We Can Help

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