Florafelt Pocket Panel Install Guide
Florafelt Pocket Panels are the easiest and most affordable way to create a living wall or vertical garden. Simply mount the panels to a waterproofed surface, stretch open the pockets, then plant.
Be sure to read and understand our instructions. We have been using the system successfully for years and have learned the best ways to use this unique vertical garden system.
Designers use the system worldwide with incredible success. We have also seen some use the system incorrectly which is unfortunate. But the good news (and the beauty of our system) is that you can easily change out plants and modify irrigation at will. So we strongly suggest take a close look at our methods below so you too can grow a beautiful long-lived vertical garden you will be proud of.
The Florafelt Experience
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 interior plant walls.
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 and where needed
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
There are many ways to mount Florafelt Pocket Panels. You can simply hang them from their included mounting tabs or screw them directly to waterproofed walls. Have a look at our mounting methods link below.
Easy – Hang From Mounting Tabs
Florafelt Pocket Panels 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 installations in wet areas
Stretch Open Pockets
Before you plant, first stretch open all the pockets using a small pipe or tool handle to get leverage
Pull firmly but not excessively.
Felt will give and stretch to about 2 ½ inches out
Tuck in the Flaps
Very important for even watering.
Necessary when stacking panels vertically.
Tuck the bottom flap of the upper panel behind the top flap of the one below.
Florafelt Root Wraps
Wraps are made from the same material as the pockets only thinner
Wraps wick water to the soil
Root will grow into and through 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 installation
They can be reused or you can order new ones here
Change and Rearrange
Plants can be removed and changed
Mature plants attach themselves to the felt by their roots but can still be removed if required
Small hair like roots can be broken and moved if necessary
Often root disturbance will not harm the plant if moved
How to use Florafelt Wraps
See Videos on our website to learn how: Florafelt How-To Videos
Use only 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 “burrito” pouch that easily slides into the pocket
Wraps can be removed and unwrapped to remove plants and reused to add plants
Wraps are made from recycled PET water bottles 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 back of 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 root wrapped plant firmly to touch the bottom of the pocket
Water will wick up and into each plant
In time roots will grow through the root wrapper and into the moist felt pocket
Florafelt Pocket Panels Irrigation
The Florafelt Pocket Panel 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.
Water Flows Through the System
The Florafelt Pocket Panels require 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
Consider this option if you like to go in your garden with a hose frequently to tend to your garden. This also might work if you have an urban storefront or cafe where hosing down the sidewalk is an daily task.
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.
Connect to Existing Drip Systems
Automatic Irrigation recommended
Connect to it’s own ‘zone’ so you can adjust watering schedule
Vertical gardens are watered more often than regular planters
Suggest 4 times a day for 5-10 minutes for most situations
Drip Irrigation Kit
We offer a pre-assembled drip irrigation kit that saves you time and trouble.
Easy to use
Pre-assembled timer/filter unit
Irrigation and button emitters can be customized for your install
Available on our website below
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
Drain to a nearby planting bed in your garden
After 6 months the soil will begin to lose its nutrients
Depending on plant choices the natural decay within the wall can reach a balance
But in most cases the plants will prefer to be fed
Organic based fertilizers to keep microbiology within the soil and felt active and alive
We recommend Maxsea seaweed based fertilizer or similar
Wait until leaves become slightly pale before feeding
Too much fertilizer will make plants grow too quickly and produce sugars that will attract pests
Avoid chemical fertilizers that cause salt buildup and harm plants
Manual Fertilizing Options
Spray diluted fertilizer topically with a pressure sprayer
Feed in the Spring or as needed
Add organic time release plant food spikes under the drip emitters at the top pockets
Add time release pellets or spikes in plant pockets where needed
Automatic Fertilizer Injector
Add a dosing pump to your irrigation system
The pump will add a very diluted concentration to your drip system
Dosatron inline plant food injectors use water pressure to operate the pump
Very simple, no additional electrical connection is required
Recirc System Feeding
Add Maxsea to tank, light feeding is best
Often very little food is required for indoor plants, if any
Light feeding in spring is good for most indoor plants
Be careful not to over-feed, plants could produce excess sugars that can attract pests
Plant colorful blooming annuals for color
Try herbs and vegetables
Allow to die back each year then replant in the spring
Also you can start from seeds
Send photos of your situation
We can help you get it back on track