Sansevieria is often called the Bedroom Plant. It’s one of the few plants that are active at night, converting CO2 to oxygen. This vertical garden was created with two Florafelt Recirc-33, for a total of 66 plants. To allow for better drainage and help prevent overwatering in the interior location, the soil was enriched with bark inside each root wrapper. Since the room has little light, high power LED spot bulbs nourish the wall in daytime hours, and pumps run for 30 minutes per day. The wall started as small plants that filled in over the past year without fertilizer, and they’re still growing. Look closely and you’ll see maidenhair ferns that joined the wall on their own.
Designer Chris Bribach, Plants On Walls designed and installed a custom recirculating living wall for his client in San Francisco's Glen Park home using Florafelt Vertical Garden Planters.
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Chris Bribach, designer
Inventor of the Florafelt System
Plants On Walls, San Francisco
San Francisco's foggy Fillmore district is ideal for grottos of lush ferns that enhance a spa and shower hidden within the plant wall. A total of 2000 plants are growing in three massive living walls throughout the home, the tallest of which towers 25 feet. They transform this luxurious urban home into a natural oasis.
Rock and Rose worked with landscape architect Tim O'Shea to design these massive vertical gardens. They used the Florafelt Pro System with direction by Chris Bribach of Plants On Walls, system installation by Mike Long of Longevity Construction, and final planting by Michael Bonicci of Showplant Nurseries.
Tim O'Shea chose a collection of practical yet lush ferns for the cavernous, low-light conditions including Mother, Maidenhair, Bird Nest, and Blue Star ferns. Babytears and Soleirolii provide a variety of textures and colors that grow into a smooth delicate carpet with a subtle wave of contrast from the yellow flowers of Maroon Oxalis.
Chris and Gary used a 12-Pocket Florafelt Vertical Garden Planter to create an easy care succulent display for their San Francisco balcony. Succulents are great for saving water and can be hand watered weekly.
The design by Chris Bribach of Plants On Walls incorporated earthy tones to blend with the natural wood siding. Then incorporated a base of green on the edges to give definition. Use of trailers let it hang down wile other succulents will reach upward.
The Florafelt 12-Pocket Planter is 32 inches wide and 24 inches tall. The felt pockets are pre-stapled to a lightweight plastic board that has nylon tabs on the top corners. Simply hung from deck screws.
Succulents are a great way to learn vertical gardening if you have the right conditions. First you'll need lots of bright light and no frost conditions. Best for our more arid states and continents. Chris and Gary use a hand pumped pressure sprayer to water once a week and also rinse off the plants. Succulents like to go nearly dry between waterings. They are so easy you even place a cutting in soil and they will root and grow.
For their design each pocket receives a felt wrapped wrap grouping of plants. In this case two 4 inch potted plants are placed into each pocket. By arranging pairs or groupings a more detailed flow can be created.
Chris Bribach, Plants On Walls used Florafelt Vertical Garden Planters to fill a wall with varieties of maidenhair ferns topped with blue star ferns for an Artthaus Design/Build private residence in Pacific Heights, San Francisco.