You don't need to spend thousands of dollars on supplies or products to grow a beautiful garden - you just need to make the right decisions when starting! By choosing a fabric pot over a plastic pot, you eliminate a host of common problems and get higher yields because your plants are healthier and happier.
The science of gardening has reached new heights over the past decade, and it's exploded as an industry, covering hobbyists to commercial growers alike. And while it is possible to grow plants in regular old plastic pots, (people have been doing it for a while now) the science shows using a plastic pot is much worse for your plants than using a fabric pot. There are 3 main reasons why using a fabric pot is so much better for your plants than using plastic or terracotta pots.
Air Root Pruning
The primary advantage of the Geopot fabric pot vs plastic containers or terracotta planters is its air pruning capability, which results in healthier roots being able to provide more nutrients to the plant. With traditional plastic pots, the plant's roots will reach the edge of the container and be forced to circle the container in search of a friendlier environment. As these roots circle, minimal lateral branching will occur resulting in poor nutrient uptake and cause the roots to quickly become root bound.
What makes the Geopot fabric pot so unique is when the plant roots reach the container's edge its root tips are trapped by the porous fabric. When these root tips meet the air on the outside of the pot, they are naturally pruned. This pruning process forces lateral branching of desired fibrous feeder roots. These fibrous roots are more productive in the uptake of water and nutrients, resulting in a healthier, more robust plant that utilizes the entire root zone for optimum plant growth
Aeration & Drainage
GeoPot's porous fabric allows air to enter the root zone from all surfaces of the container. This aeration provides a healthy environment for the roots as well as supports beneficial microorganisms and bacteria. This aeration provides oxygen to the roots, which is essential for the metabolic process in taking up minerals and nutrients. Oxygen is also necessary to diffuse carbon dioxide away from the roots caused by the respiration of root cells and microorganisms. Roots without adequate access to oxygen will result in weak plants that exhibit slow growth and are predisposed to pests and diseases.
A common problem with traditional plastic containers is poor drainage leading to anaerobic condition that result in soil borne diseases like Phytophthora and Pythium, responsible for devastating root rot. Because of the Geopot fabric pot's unique porous fabric, excess water can easily drain from the container keeping moisture at an ideal level for healthy plant growth.
Geopot fabric pots allow air to penetrate the sides of the container, keeping it cool when exposed to direct sun on hot summer days through the process of evaporative cooling. According to the study (linked above) done by Catherine A. Neal at the University of New Hampshire, Dept. of Plant Biology: "In comparison to standard black plastic nursery pots, above ground fabric containers reduce maximum root zone temperatures through evaporative cooling and reduced absorption of solar radiation. Plants grown in fabric containers also have improved root structure as a result of air root pruning."