Hygen Coco Brick [650g] - ($4.40)
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Round Fabric Pot (Velcro Side) [5L] - ($3.20)
Round Fabric Pot (Velcro Side) [10L] - ($4.20)
As it's name suggests, fabric pots are made from a breathable fabric. They are made from 300gsm and 350gsm fabric which is much thicker than many on the market - making them more durable and less prone to transpiration loss.
Suitable Pot Saucers and Fabric Pots Sizes
15L - height 240mm, rim diameter 300mm - suits 300mm pot saucer
20L - height 280mm, rim diameter 300mm - suits 300mm pot saucer
25L - height 260mm, rim diameter 340mm - suits 400mm pot saucer
30L - height 290mm, rim diameter 360mm - suits 500mm pot saucer
40L - height 300mm, rim diameter 480mm - suits 500mm pot saucer
50L - height 300mm, rim diameter 500mm - no suitable saucer with Aqua Gardening
90L - height 440mm, rim diameter 520mm - no suitable saucer with Aqua Gardening
There are many benefits in using fabric pots over traditional styles of pot, including the following:
Fabric Pot Durability and Re-use
Fabric Pots are breathable fabric plant containers "air prune" your plants' roots when they reach the end of the container. The air root pruning process forces the roots to branch out with more fibrous feeder roots which are much more efficient in taking up water and nutrients. The very durable geotextile fabric is porous, allowing air into the root zone and provides great drainage creating a healthy environment for the roots.
Air Pruning Benefits
Fabric pots encourage horizontal and vertical roots, but unlike the case with conventional plastic pots, once the roots reach the wall of the fabric pot they are ‘air pruned’. The root effectively stops growing and will not grow round and round the inside of the pot (pot bound). The plants' energy instead is focused on growing new feeder roots, creating a dense, healthy root system.
Root Zone Aeration with Breathable Pot Side Walls
Fabric pots allow the movement of air from outside the pot, through the pot wall, and directly to the root zone. Oxygen is able to reach the root zone from all sides enabling roots to breathe and beneficial microbes to thrive. When in direct sunlight, heat is not absorbed by plastic or terracotta which heats the plants root ball, causing sweating and stress to the plant. Instead the breath-ability of the fabric effectively cools the root ball in the same way evaporative cooling cools a house.
Fabric Pots Prevent Over Watering
Over watering is a major problem for all potted plants. Fabric pots allow free drainage through the bottom as well as the sides, making it nearly impossible to over water.
Great for Hydroponics
Fabric pots can be top watered, or used in a flood and drain (ebb & flow) system where nutrients can be absorbed through the pot on all sides.
Portability of Fabric Pots
Like traditional pots, fabric pots are very portable, and can be easily moved.
Fabric pots come flat packed so you don't have to juggle bundles of plastic pots or worry about them being damaged on the way to you.
The larger sizes (15, 20, 25, 30, 40 & 50 Litre) have a wire rim that self supports the pot, holding the pot open, making it easier to add media etc.
Fabric thickness: 350 g/m2
The 5 &10 Litre fabric pots have a velcro side opening. This allows for easy removal of the plant for transplant, and for pot re-use.
Fabric thickness: 300 g/m2
Fabric Pots Give Results!
At Aqua Gardening we have trialed Fabric pots against regular round plastic pots (and "geopots"), and the results are impressive. Our tomato planted in the fabric pot grew faster and healthier than the regular pot, with the overall size around 50% larger. Combine this with the fact fabric pots can be reused after being washed, they are definitely one of the best pots available.
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