Gardening comes in different classes, types, methods, and even materials. Aside from the traditional method of container gardening in hard plastic pots, ceramics, and or clays, gardening in fabric pots is also a good choice—the best even, for most people. It’s light, eco-friendly, easy to clean, and it’s very versatile. To learn more, read on.
Table of Contents
What are fabric pots?
Fabric pots, also known as grow bags, are lightweight yet durable planters typically made from breathable fabric, similar to that of grocery bags. They’re not just aesthetically pleasing, but they’re highly functional as well. They’re ideal for small space gardening, significantly helpful for ensuring healthier root systems and better air circulation. Not to mention, how eco-friendly they are too.
Benefits of using fabric containers
Among the many benefits that come with using fabric planters, the most significant are the following:
#1 They keep roots happy and healthy
Unlike plastic containers, plants grown in fabric mediums have higher chances of air pruning. Pruning happens when roots are naturally exposed to air in the absence of high humidity. Fabric pots’ specific material allows air to move through freely, making it a lot easier for your plants root systems to grow towards the edge of the pots instead of circling around and blocking proper root circulations. As the roots are exposed to air, they become dehydrated and are then burned, paving the way for new and healthier root systems.
Another advantage that fabric plant containers bring to your plants’ roots is how they promote better soil and root oxygenation. While plants are known for absorbing carbon dioxide, they too need oxygen. As mentioned earlier, these grow bags give way for better air circulation. With this, oxygen is able to reach your plants’ roots freely, basically allowing their entire root mass to receive oxygen.
#2 They promote easy drainage
As we all know, good drainage plays a vital role in every successful container garden. While drilling holes is easy, it can be tricky. Unlike plastic or clay pots, drilling holes are no longer necessary. See, cloth allows water to escape easily, while not having to sacrifice your plants’ need for appropriate moisture.
#3 They help control temperature
Heat stress is a common problem for most plants. This happens when excess water is not able to drain through and when air is not able to circulate well. Fabric grow bags help combat both of these problems in one go, keeping the soil cool and moist, even during the hot summer.
#4 They help invite beneficial bacteria
Good bacteria thrive perfectly in moisture. Fabric pots serve as a good environment for these bacteria, which then help provide extra nutrients for your plants.
#5 They’re eco-friendly
The most obvious benefit that we can get from fabric planters is that they’re good for the environment. They’re durable and can withstand constant temperature change, unlike other easy-to-crack materials. Moreover, they’re also easy to clean and store when no longer needed. Ultimately, they’re versatile and easy to redesign.
How to use fabric pots?
Note that plants grown in fabric pots tend to dry out faster than those planted in other containers. Because of this, it is important for you to make sure that you regularly water your plants. There are a few available options that you can tap on like putting up a self-watering system, and or investing on drip watering systems.
Fabric grow bags are easy to clean. You simply have to wash it the way you wash your clothes. For better results, you may use vinegar or baking soda as your detergent. After, make sure to let them dry thoroughly first before using or storing them.
Note: They are recyclable, yes. But, make sure to clean your fabric plant containers first before reusing them. Doing so will help wash away chemicals and give your new plant a fresh start.