A WHOLE NEW WAY TO GARDEN
Growing a living wall is easy with Florafelt Vertical Garden Planters. Our hand-made planters are designed to use the micro fibers in PET felt so that all the plants are watered equally. The felt is made from recycled plastic bottles, a nylon non-toxic fiber that is practically indestructible. This amazing material provides a safe growing medium that is pH neutral and non-reactive, so you can garden organically right on your wall. It's even safe for vegetables and herbs! Roots grow right into the felt, which comes alive thanks to the microbiology in the soil.
Florafelt planters come with our custom Root-Wrapping system. It lets you change and rearrange your living wall at will, while maintaining the integrity of every plant in its own soil.
Growing in synthetic felt allows unlimited possibilities. Parisian designer Patric Blanc has some of the longest-living, largest and most gorgeous living walls to date, many planted in the mid 1970s. They grow in synthetic felt, which is ideal for breathability and allows for fully mature root development. Florafelt has taken this concept and added pockets created from the same material for ease of installation and plant replacement.
The Florafelt Vertical Garden Install Guide is the most comprehensive information to learn how to use the Florafelt System.
The PDF includes: specs, installation types from drain-away to custom recirculating systems, and how to locate and choose plants.
We created the pockets so that they would accommodate a handful of soil. The soil balances pH and introduces microbiology to let nature do its work and bring the felt alive. And it is crucial to use synthetic materials so the support system doesn't dissolve.
Plastic compartments and planter boxes restrict root growth and create the same problem as planters - root binding. Plastic also doesn’t allow breathability, and our felt pockets eliminate the many difficulties with root rot issues. Additionally, the soil is tightly held in place by the felt wraps within the pockets, keeping the entire system extremely tidy. And the pleats direct the water inward, making it drip-free.
With a bolted attachment, our Florafelt planters can be used at any height. Florafelt is made from recycled PET and is virtually indestructible. Once it is planted, the root material makes it a permanent living membrane.
Not all plastics are the same. PET plastic is a non-reactive, non-toxic plastic which is why it is used for anything from milk jugs to water bottles. Trace amounts of toxins are known to emerge from PET, but soil microbes break down those complex molecules long before they reach plant roots. We chose 100% recycled PET felt fibers for our Florafelt, turning unused water bottles into something useful. Additionally, plants grown in this material absorb carbon from the atmosphere, making Florafelt a 'carbon absorbing’ product.
It is very important for the vertical garden to be interactive so that it can be modified as needed. Like any garden, there are unpredictable changes in climate, mishaps with watering systems, or plant disease.
The slit-and-staple method, which was used several years ago for the vertical garden at the Drew School in San Francisco, often show large planted areas that did not take. It is very difficult to add new plants to fill in these spaces.
But our Florafelt pleated-pocket design makes it very easy for any gardener to remove the problem plants and tuck healthy starts into the existing pockets. It also allows caretakers to replace the dead foliage with plants that are thriving in the same vertical garden. Starting with a bio-diverse selection allows you to try many plants and minimize the failures. You simply add more of what works.
A sustainable solution to vertical gardening is one that uses the skills of an existing landscape service or even maintenance crews on staff. This keeps long-term maintenance affordable and easy.