Woolly Pockets Introduces New Living Wall Planter

August 23, 2012 by

I spotted the the new Living Wall vertical planter from Woolly Pockets unveiled yesterday at The Independent Garden Center show–one the many new vertical systems on exhibit at the show and evidence of the steady increase in popularity of vertical gardens and green walls. Woolly’s new planter will be available for purchase beginning October 1.

Known for its breathable felt-like modular pocket systems made from recycled plastic bottles (PET), this new Woolly Pockets system is different from its original pocket planters–and I believe it’s their best design. It’s made from a rigid 100% BPA-free food grade polypropylene plastic which some people will prefer to the felt planter material. Available in several colors, the dark ones are 100% recycled while the lighter colors are 50% recycled.

Like its felt planter siblings which have a built-in moisture barrier intended to keep walls and floors dry, the Living Wall Planter should be good indoors or out as it’s also purported to keep moisture from its adjacent surfaces.

It’s breathable and doesn’t drainage holes, self-aerating the plants through thin slits in the front of the planter. You can water the plants manually through two holes at the top of the planter, or go pretty maintenance-free by running a drip line to irrigate the planter on its own.

I’ll be posting shortly about the other vertical planter products I saw at the show, so stay tuned!

  • Hi: that’s a very cool product. Thanks for sharing, Urban Gardens. I wanted to check … did you say it didn’t have any drainage holes? How does it prevent root rot from happening? Did the maker mention how it allows enough drainage to prevent growth problems? Appreciate it!

  • great blog, thank you and keep it up!

  • Great, that is an amazing help for urban gardeners!

  • Hi there – why is the best design to date

    it looks rather cumbersome???

  • Robin Plaskoff Horton

    Hey Felicity–some folks like this solid material better than the felt–I think it’s great that they are offering an alternative.

  • Robin Plaskoff Horton

    Hi Teresa–I spoke to Miguel from Woolly who says that no drainage holes are needed as the piece is “self-erating” like their felt pocket systems. This model has think open slits in the front through which air is supposed to circulate. He contends that that the soil absorbs the water and the openings aerate the soil enough that drainage holes are unnecessary.

  • Great Help.

  • Jennifer

    I installed an entire 8×8 wall of felt woolly pockets only to have spent 2 weeks enjoying the original installation. Very quickly did the root rot set in (and I watered very little). I replaced all plants, all soil, and have spent several thousand dollars only to have realized I have wasted a lot of time and energy. I consider myself an avid indoor and outdoor gardener and I feel defeated with this product. My colleague used woolly pockets for a huge commercial installation in a restaurant and the result was the same (along with a very ticked off client). I’m not quite sure how the plastic version holds up, but I would not recommend or endorse the felt one. Best of luck!

  • Melanie

    I honestly do like this one new living wall. This looks so lively and feel so cool and refreshed.

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  • mark

    I really enjoyed reading your article here, thanks for the good insight here and keep posting more.

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