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The fabric grow pot revolution
Visit most any greenhouse or grow room and chances are strong you’ll find round, black plastic nursery pots of all sizes housing the growing plants. If you were to remove a mature plant from its container, chances are also strong you’ll find a suffocating, root bound rhizome.
The hard walls of standard pots encourage root balling, where the plants’ probing roots continue to circle the inner wall looking for a way to expand the root system. The end results are a suffocating, overly long primary root with very few root hairs for water and nutrient uptake.
Another way standard, sealed wall pots fail your plants is in heat regulation. Where fabric pots are breathable and release heat, plastic pots will trap and retain heat. Overheated roots stop delivering water and nutrients to the plant, and growth slows to a crawl.
“Container media temperatures on the sun side of plastic pots frequently reach the lethal range of 100-120º F even in northern production areas…The maximum temperature reached in fabric containers was 90ºF.” From a study by the Univ. of New Hampshire, Catherine A. Neal, Dept. of Plant Biology.
It is also important to consider the poor drainage of traditional horticulture containers, often little more than 4 holes of ¼” in diameter. With poor drainage and overwatering comes suffocation, root rot, and other diseases that thrive in a soggy medium.
Fabric pots to the rescue.
For over two decades, fabric pots have been converting both professional growers and hobbyists alike. The benefits of replacing sealed wall plant containers with fabric grow pots is undeniable. Fabric pots not only eliminate many of the growth stunting characteristics of plastic nursery pots and other sealed wall containers, they can provide faster growth rates and higher yields.
The clearest benefits are the improved root distribution and the increase in fine, water and nutrient supplying, root hairs. In sealed wall pots, the primary roots will continue to grow as they look for somewhere to expand too, circling within the pot until there is nowhere left to grow or, even worse, the poorly formed root ball cuts off its own circulation and the plant dies. With fabric pots, when the root tips reach the porous wall of the fabric pot they are exposed to air, dehydrate and the tips die. From this process, the plant then develops new and healthy branching roots. These branching roots then behave in the same way, reaching the wall of the pot, being air pruned, and then developing more new roots until a highly branched out root system with a wide network of fine hairs is established. A fibrous and well-structured root system allows your plant to absorb water and nutrients more efficiently, and contributes to increased growth and overall plant health.
The porous nature of the material allows the medium to breathe which helps regulate the temperature at the roots, which studies have shown can be as much as 30 degrees warmer than the ambient temperature.
The same feature that cools the plant also helps to prevent overwatering. The porosity permits quick drainage of any excess water or solution, avoiding a constantly wet medium and the pest and viral attacks that go with it.
RhizoPot Fabric Pots: Reusable & Adaptable.
RhizoPot pots are made from a durable, porous, non-woven material and assembled using industrial stitching for a long-lasting, eco-friendly, and reusable alternative to plastic or clay planting pots. Our pots can be laid flat or folded, considerably reducing the space required for storage.
RhizoPot fabric pots can be adapted to most home or commercial growing methods, including drip feeding, ebb and flow, wick, manual, and more.
- Shorter vegetative cycle
- Quicker transition to hardening off cycle
- Promotes bigger yields
- Vigorous root growth
- Versatile – Ebb/Flow, Drip, Manual, Wick, etc.
- Supports the activity of beneficial biology
- For soil and soil less gardens
- Handles for easy transport
- Reusable / Machine washable
- Stores flat