Fertil Walls are innovatively designed to reduce maintenance needs and promote greater aesthetic durability.
The plants stay in their own cultivation pot and are simply housed in overlapping potholders.
Hydroponic plants may be used in 13 x 12 cm pots, or plants grown in organic substrate, in 14-15 cm pots. Cultivation trays are modular and repeatable and can be directly anchored to the wall structure with special fixing grids and dowels.
Trays are connected by net of silicone drain pipes which uniformly transfer the overflow of water from the upper to the lower. The water rises in the plant pots through capillarity, aided by special cellulose straw. Each plant receives a uniform amount of water (and importantly, a uniform amount of fertilizer). The excess is drained away or recirculated with the use of a collection tank and a pump.
Maintenance of walls is quick and easy. Any dead plants are simply removed and replaced.
Fertil Wall walls can be positioned inside or outside buildings. The easy replacement of the plant layer allows for color schemes to be changed with the seasons or the creation of bespoke designs.
They can also be used for the construction of vertical vegetable gardens (collections of kitchen aromatic plants etc)
Fertil Walls can be built in any size.
However due to the form of the repeatable modules a width of 50 cm is recommended.
Trays with lengths of 20, 50, 75, 100 cm are available.
20 cm trays can be used for covering curved structures or pillars. Other lengths are used for flat surfaces.
Height is variable, though pump capacity will determine maximum height since the water will need to reach the top of the wall.
Corner elements are a perfect design complement for complete and even coverage of wall edges. These elements are available for each type of tray.
For external walls in particularly windy areas outdoor covers are available to keep the pots in place.
The outdoor covers are available for 100 cm channels only, which house 5 pots.
Room dividers are light, mobile structures with swivel castors, adjustable in height and equipped with a locking device. Single-sided or double-sided versions are available in order to better cater to design and furnishing requirements. They are the perfect fit for commercial spaces, work areas, restaurants and refectories, medical facilities, etc.
Consisting of the same modular elements as the Fertil Wall system they can therefore house hydroponic or conventional pots.
Assembly and installation are simple and come with instructions. Irrigation is manual and can be carried out weekly with a watering can by feeding the top tray.
Anchor the support grids to the wall with dowels. Where impossible to fix directly to the wall,
anchor grids on a light carpentry structure fixed to the wall at specific points.
Hook the pot trays to the grid, proceeding from bottom to top
Connect the silicone drain hoses and leaf screens of each tray.
Place plants in the quantity provided for
Equip soil plants with cellulose plant straw
to facilitate the capillary uptake of water
Connect the irrigation system, if present, and any additional lighting devices
Irrigation of the FertilWall uses various methods and technologies depending on size and placement (whether there is a drain point, whether the area is electrified, etc.).
Manual irrigation is recommended for small installations, watering the upper tray until water filters down to the bottom one. Water content in the trays should be checked and if necessary, topped up every 3-4 days. Electricity is not required, and the bottom row of trays is of non-draining type.
For larger structures where height makes manual watering difficult a semi-automatic system should be installed. An irrigation pipe with drips, connected to a valve and a control unit acts as a drainline. Excess water is drained from the last row of trays and sent to a drain point by a collector pipe. In this case, electricity is required and the bottom row of trays is of open draining type.
For very large walls, an automatic system is the best solution.
A collection tank holds the drained water and is then recirculated by a pump
which is all connected to a control unit. In this case electricity is also required and the bottom row of trays is of open draining type.
The storage tank can be masked with plasterboard, or other structures. This kind of installation requires more careful planning of space and volume.