Woolly Planting Tips
1. When putting soil into your planter you will want to make sure it is slighly slanted towards the back of the planter, so that the higher part is in the front and lower part in the back. This will help keep the water to the back of the planter when you water it and/or if it rains. Keeping the water to the back of the planter is important as you do not want your water to seep out the holes or through the pocket at the front when you water. Sometimes soil can get hard on top (dry out), so when you pour water on it runs across the surface until it has time to absorb it. This is called hydro-phobic (water fearing). This happens when the soil drys out on top.
This is very common and another reason to slant your soil line, so that the water rolls to the back where it will flow down and into the reservoir.
2. Be sure to get the soil nice and packed (not too packed) but enough that there are not any air pockets in the front (espcially for the Wally's). This again will help keep the water from seeping out the holes and/or absorbing through the pocket.
3. Keep in mind the roots of the plant must reach into the reservoir (the reservoir is at the bottom of the planter below the open holes on the Living Wall Planter 2 and below the where the reservoir ends on the front of the pocket on the Wally's). If the plant is too small and immature for its roots to reach into the reservoir then you will want to angle your plant slighlty so its roots reach towards the back of the planter. This way the roots will reach the water as it flows past the roots into the reservoir. Also, for the Wally's this is where the tongue of the planter is located and it wicks water up from the reservoir. The plant's roots will then grow back and down towards the water naturally.
4. Don't be afraid to get dirty! When re-potting plants from their pots into our planters you will want to loosen up the root syste (and get rid of root-balls first) before you put them in the planter. You really can't hurt the roots too much, so don't be afraid to use some force getting them loose.
5. What's the difference between the Wally's and the Living Wall Planter 2? Well, we are glad you asked! Please check out this super cool side-by-side comparison page: Wally VS. Living Wall Planter 2.
Tips on Making Your Woolly Theme and Design
1. Choose a “theme” for the wall, either a particular site condition (full sun, full shade, windy, sea exposure…) or an idea (edible, herbs, springtime, fall color, etc.).
2. Define a color palette or “color story,” starting with a dominant color or two and then some secondary colors to complement or contrast. Pick one color (at least) to avoid.
3. Select at least two varieties from the following catagories: Spill, Thrill and Fill
4. Use the “Spill” plants, which should drape down to cover the edges of the Pockets, as a “frame” along the side edges, and mixed into the bottom edge
5. Next add the “Thrill” plants as focal points and to create a dynamic visual composition
6. Finally, use the “Fill” plants to fill in and cover the Pockets between the other plants. Use big, full plants! The wall should look as full and lush as possible immediately upon planting, with as little Pocket
showing as possible.
Creating an Environment
1. Our world's environment changes everywhere you go. So please know that our tips and suggestions are just that, tips and suggestions. They are for you to take and apply to your current environment and plants you selected. Know that some places are arid while others are humid. Every plant is different from one another, so please choose plants that have the same light, water and soil requirements.
2. Heat rises, it's a scientific fact. So remember if you have rows of planters, the top/higher ones will dry out faster than the ones at the bottom. While the top planters are getting more heat, they are also getting more air flow. The bottom planters along with the ones inbetween have plants below and above them, so airflow is restricted more. Keep in mind you may need to water the top row a bit more than the bottom and middle rows.
3. Although we give a great list of plants below of what works best in our planters, we also suggest you contact your local garden center or nursery. These professionals will know best what plants grow in your region and which do not. They will also be able to help you with irrigation needs (see below for more info on our irrigation system). Aritficial lighting needs, which we do not offer, can also be discussed with your local professionals.
The Woolly Irrigation System & How it Works
1. We get lots of questions about our drip kits and irrigation pieces. The drip kits are only needed for those who are hooking their planters up to an automatic watering system. If you intend to hand water then you can just skip this whole section, as you will not need any drip kits or irrigation parts.
2. Our drip kits are not to actually catch drips (yes, people ask this), they are the tubing & parts needed for automatic water irrigation. Each drip kit connects to each other and one of the drip kits will connect to your Supply Line. Our drip kits are customized to fit the planter that it goes along with. For example, if you order a Wally One you would order a Wally One Drip Kit. Each of our products have their very own drip kit. How many drip kits do you need? You need one for each planter. For example, if you order 4 Living Wall Planter 2's then you would need 4 Living Wall Planter Drip kits. One for each planter.
3. The Supply Line. The Supply line is the tubing the connects your Drip Kits to your Timer. It basically acts as a hose, yet it's not a hose. We have a few different options. We offer two different sizes, 1/4" and 1/2" size tubing. The 1/4" is the most common and if your wall is smaller than 50 planters this will work for you. The 1/4" line can also only supply a row of planters that is about 18' long. Anything longer than 18' or more than 50 planters total will need the 1/2". Also keep in mind a Wally Five is a total of 5 planters and and Wally Three is a total of 3 planters. When ordering the supply line you will need the "kit". We offer a Drip Supply Line Kit which is the 1/4" line and the 1/2" Drip Supply Line Kit. Both of these kits include all the peices needed for automatic irrigation. For a complete list of what comes in each just click on 1/4" here or 1/2" here. We also offer additional tubing with no parts and pieces, just tubing. You can get an additional 25' of the 1/4" or 100' of the 1/2" supply line. Remember those only come with the tubing, no additional parts.
4. The Digital Drip Timer Valve. This is the timer that regulates your automatic watering. It connects to your water source. Generally it connects to a hose bib, but if you have someone handy they can rig it up to plumbing under a sink, in a bathroom, or yes even a water fountain. To learn more about the timer we offer you can visit it on our website here or you can visit Claberinc.com to see more info or even other timers. The timer is great becasue you select the days and the times you want it to water. Remember you will have to figure out how much your plants will need. You may have to adjust up or down after a few weeks of watering. Your plants will tell you if it's too much (by wilting) or if it's too little (by drying out and turning yellow).
5. Recap: Drip Kits go in each planter. Drip kits connect to each other. One drip kit will connect to the Drip Supply Line, and the Drip Supply Line will connect to the Digital Timer. The Digital Timer connects to your water source. If you are using two or more Supply Lines remeber you can connect the Hose Bib Splitter to the Timer and then each Supply Line to the connections on the Hose Bib Splitter. We know this can get confusing. Customerservice@woollypocket.com is available to help you with addtional questions and projects, just drop us a line!
Favorite Indoor Plants for Wally
For a lush effect use 6”, 8” and 1 gallon plants only; hanging baskets are ideal!
Cyclamen (use largest varieties only)
Rosa Mix (small ok, but not tiny miniature varieties)
Senecio cruentus - Cineraria
Bulbs/Corms (should do well, can be replanted seasonally, or left in with foliage plants)
Orchids & Bromeliads (plant at front of Pockets, can be replaced when flower spikes fade – plant at very front of Pocket and water separately, with ice for orchids and in bloom cones only for Bromeliads)
Orchids: Calceolaria Cambria
Orchids: Dendrobium Dendrobium nobile
Orchids: Oncidium microchilum
Orchids: White Miltonia
Aechmea (all bromeliads work well)
Aeschynantus ‘Mona Lisa’ (great plant, but can be fragile)
Aloe - Vera
Anthurium - all varieties
Begonia Mix - all varieties great
Begonia Rex, hybrids
Calathea, Calathea crocata
Codiaeum (Croton) 'Excellent', other varieties (needs more light, issue when lower on a wall in a lower light installation)
Crassulla - Money plant
Dieffenbachia 'Camilla,' other varieties
Dracaena (all varieties)
Fatsia japonica green
Ficus elastica 'Robusta,' 'Tineke,' 'Variegata'
Ficus pumila 'White Sunny'
Hedera diff. var., green, varigata
Monstera deliciosa mospole
Nephrolepis: Adiatum, Green Lady, Boston
Peperomia cap.lilian, other varieties
Schefflera Nora Green, Mospole, 'Trinette'
Spatiphyllum (needs constant moisture and even temperatures, so first to wilt)
Tolmiae menziesii 'Variegata'h.b.
Favorite Outdoor Plants for Wallys
Use equivalent of 6”, 8” and 1 gallon plants only; hanging baskets are ideal!
Bulbs / Corms (should do well, can be replanted seasonally or left with foliage plants – need to test this!)
Anemone, blanda (gr)
Narcissus 'Bridal Crown', 'Tete a tete'
Perennials, Evergreen Perennials and Shrubs (dwarf varieties only)
Aucuba japonica (bo)
Carex – Mix
Cham. laws. 'Ellw.' Empire, 'Ellwoodii' Green (sl), 'Ellwoodii'snow white (sl), 'Ellwood'S' Gold (sl), 'Boulevard' (sl)
Cordyline australis Red Star
Euonymus micro gold (vdw)
Ferns (outdoor) mix
Helleborus niger, Silverlace (ko)
Laurus nobilis -Window Box, kitchen
Lavandula stoechas and other small varieties
Pieris japonica (dwarf varieties only)
Rosmarinus officinalis, Stamm
Salix repens iona
Sarcococca (dwarf varieties only)
Saxifraga arendsii, Red, White
Skimmia jap. 'Magic Marlot'
Thuja occ. 'Teddy'
Thymus diff. Var.
Viola - pansy (large varieties only)
Looking for plant ideas for your Woollies? Here are some of our favorite plant themes for Wallys, Islands, and Meadows:
Salad garden (various greens, cherry tomatoes, dwarf cucumbers, spring onions, peppers, radishes & dressing herbs- basil, thyme, oregano, cilantro, mint…)
Pizza garden (tomatoes, basil, peppers, rosemary, eggplant, onions, broccoli…)
Herb garden (small shrub, perennial and annual varieties)
Tea garden (chamomile, peppermint, other mints, lemon grass, lemon verbena, dwarf raspberry, dwarf roses, jasmine, stevia, bee balm, catnip, chrysanthemum, dandelion, echinacea, fennel, mini-dwarf citrus, hibiscus, yerba matte, red clover, rosemary, sage, valerian, yarrow…)
Cocktail Party (mini-dwarf citrus, dwarf prostrate junipers, “salad” for your Pimms, mint, cilantro, tomatoes, dwarf grape vines, dwarf hops, dwarf blueberries, strawberries…)
Perfume Garden (jasmine, stephanotis, scented geraniums, nasturtiums, dwarf and small landscape roses, mini-dwarf citrus, daphne, tuberose, lilies…)
Early Spring Mix (edibles: strawberries, radishes, salad greens, spring onions, dwarf nasturtiums; spring bulbs: daffodils, tulips, iris, daylilies; annual & perennial spring flowers: helleborus, bergenia, pink jasmine…)
Berries and Cream (dwarf blueberries, strawberries, gooseberries, herbs and white flowering annuals, bulbs & perennials)
Summer Flowers (daisies, lavender, mixed containers from nursery…)
Shade Garden (lipstick plant, flamingo flower, amazon lily, spider plant…)
Silver and Gold (glaucus & gold/rust foliage)
Fall Color (dwarf shrubs, fall blooming grasses…)
Single-Species Collection Tapestries (great for full/spilling collectable/fetish plants like fancy begonias, ivy, geraniums, dwarf azaleas, iris, lilies, daylilies, orchids, succulents…)
Succulents (agaves, senecio serpens, senecio fishhook, trailing jade, hens and chickens…)
Meadow on the Wall (grasses, sedges, restios, daylilies, knifophias, bulbs…)
Winter Color (ilex, mahonias, grasses, dwarf cornus…)
Holiday (poinsettias, evergreens…)