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When You Can’t Garden Outdoors Anymore, Grow Vertically Indoors

by Fern on October 18, 2010

in Indoor Gardening,Popular,Product Review

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I’ve had a Wally One from Woolly Pocket laying around for awhile, waiting to be tried out. I had originally planned to order some indoor plants to review as well, but when that didn’t work out, and my one and only indoor plant died, I knew it was time to put up my Wally and give it a whirl.

It was really simple to install and plant, I finished the whole project in less than an hour. And I’m really happy with the results. One thing that I hadn’t considered–but is a nice side benefit–the Wally keeps my plants away from my four cats who really enjoy taste-testing plants.

Here’s how easy it is to install a Wally:

You have two screws and two anchors. The anchors are really heavy duty and they help hold the screw solidly in place, which in turn helps keep the Wally securely on the wall.

Carefully measure everything out and the screw the first anchor into the wall. Place the grommet on the Wally over the anchor and screw it in place.

Use a level to make sure your Wally is straight (I used an app on my iPhone) and then mark where the other anchor needs to be screwed into the wall. Repeat the step above to screw the other side of the Wally in place.

The next thing to do is plant the Wally. Be sure to pay attention to which side is the plants’ good side, and which is their not-so-good side. The same fern plant is show in both photos, but the top photo shows the side that was a little banged up, so I placed that side against the wall and no one (except me and you) has to know about it.

Also, because your plants will be so close together, I suggest picking plants that have different colors, textures, sizes, etc. In my Wally, I planted a colorful croton with twisted foliages, a green and yellow pothos that will trail over the side, one finely cut fern with light green fronds, and another with broader, darker leaves.

I always like to plant largest plant to smallest plant, because I think it’s easier to squeeze smaller plants in last. The flexibility of the Wally combined with the fact that it was already attached to the wall actually made planting it really easy. The planting was so easy and fast, I forgot to take step-by-step photos. Oops.

I’m really looking forward to the yellow-flecked pothos growing in and trailing down the side of the plant. I’ll just have to be sure to keep it trimmed, as they are poisonous to cats.

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Jenny Peterson October 18, 2010 at 7:51 am

Fern, that looks really big to hold all those plants! How large are these Wooly Pockets, and do they come in different sizes? It looks great!!

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~fer October 18, 2010 at 8:02 am

They look great! I hope they grow well. I like the little splash of red from the croton in the back

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Fern October 18, 2010 at 11:47 am

Thanks ~fer!

Jenny–The Wally One, which I used, is 24 inches long. They also have a Wally Three (68 in) and Wally Five (112 in).

Adriana @ Anarchy in the Garden October 18, 2010 at 8:47 pm

It looks great! I can’t wait to plant my Woolly Pocket Island. Btw, they do come in other colors.

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Alex de Cordoba October 18, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Fern, This is an amazing single pocket plantscape! I love the combination of plants. It’s great to mix up plants that go up with plants that cascade down. Over time, the plants will settle into life on the wall, they actually adapt to the light and pocket over a period of months and end up very happy living in their Woolly Pocket! Congrats!

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Daricia October 19, 2010 at 8:07 am

fern, your arrangement looks great! i’m glad you warned that pothos is poisonous to cats. have pothos, have a cat, did not know!

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Kerry October 19, 2010 at 9:45 am

I too have had a Wally lying around (a peacock blue one). Thanks for your post. I’m hoping I’ll get inspired to actually hang mine and plant it – they really are cool looking.

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Alex de Cordoba October 19, 2010 at 10:07 am

The ASPCA also has a great searchable database on their website for plants that are toxic to dogs and cats.

Here’s the list:

POISONOUS TO MAMMALS IF INGESTED
Anthurium
Chrysanthemum
Crown of thorns (euphorbia milii)
Dieffenbachia (aptly named “Dumb Cane”)
English ivy
Jerusalem cherry
Poinsettia (another euphorbia variety)
Pothos
Swiss cheese plant
Syngonium

POTENTIAL SKIN IRRITANTS
(sap only – wear gloves when pruning)
Agave
Anthurium
Crown of Thorns (all euphorbias have milky, irritating sap)
English ivy
Philodendron
Piggy-back plant
Poinsettia
Syngonium

Please do not take this as an all-inclusive list. Assume plants are not for eating unless they are known as “edibles.” Most plants don’t really want you to eat them, and have taken steps to avoid this.

Happy gardening!

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Fern October 20, 2010 at 12:07 am

Thanks for sharing that list Alex!

Kimberly October 19, 2010 at 11:42 am

that’s awesome. my landlord keeps yelling at me for my indoor plants, saying i might get water on his hardwood floors. i asked him why he used oak instead of pergo and he said it looks better. (apparently until you rent the apartment anyway). these seem like they wouldn’t leak or overflow…

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Fern October 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Kimberly–Nope, no leaking. They’re lined, so when you water, it all stays inside the Wally. They also have regular free standing pots called Islands that also have the same lining to prevent water from leaking out.

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Cat October 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Fern,
Love it! So you just put the anchors into the dry wall, and it’s not too heavy?

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The Rainforest Gardener October 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I had seen these advertised in the landscape architect and garden design magazines, and wanted some despite the offputting 70′s-ish ad campaign. I think it would be super cool to have a whole vertical column of them from floor to ceiling so it would emulate the look of a tree. hmmm… maybe I can rig something in the meantime.

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Candy Suter October 20, 2010 at 12:59 am

Very cool I may have to get one and plant succulents in it!

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Genevieve October 20, 2010 at 7:49 am

Candy, I planted mine with succulents, but I somehow got the white one instead of the cool black, so I’m planting more trailing succulents to hide the thing. It’s making my chicken coop look tres chic.

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Candy Suter October 20, 2010 at 9:51 am

I’ll remember that when I order. Thanks Genevieve!

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Urban Gardens October 22, 2010 at 10:30 am

Nice job! We used a similar system from Plants on Walls in our show house garden retreat. The geotextile felt material is doing a good job of absorbing extra water and maintaining the hydration.

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Katie October 22, 2010 at 11:38 am

Awe to the Some. I want. You might have inspired me to go for it!

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Cherry Walker March 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Wow! I think I know what I’m going to get my green thumb son for his birthday now!

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Tatyana March 13, 2011 at 1:07 am

How do these work without the drainage? Do the roots not rot?

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Claire September 17, 2011 at 12:36 am

I can not find these in the UK, do any USA companies ship to England without charging an extra fortune?

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Fern September 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm

The main problem with shipping to the U.K. is that the freight is expensive and the U.K. is going to impose customs taxes. Wooly Pockets is the only company that manufactures this particular product, though there are knockoffs. I found this on their website: Yes, We ship to anywhere in the world! For International shipping quotes please email your entire order and shipping address to: International@woollypocket.com. Someone will be in touch with a few shipping options and to complete your order within the day.

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