Go to any gardening store and you’ll find an array of gorgeous pots of all different materials; wood, ceramic, plastic, fiberglass, or even metal. While you may find a pot that will look stunning on your back deck, consider the life of the plant. No plant can stay in a pot indefinitely – it will eventually need to be repotted into a larger pot as it grows, or it will become rootbound. This happens when the roots take over the interior space of the pot and there’s no room left for the soil to hold water, causing the plants eventual demise. However, if you’re planning on transplanting and changing the soil every season, a decorative pot may fit your plans. Just be aware that some of the more popular decorative pots are made from terracotta, which can be heavy to move and easily broken.
Pictured: Terracotta pots on a window ledge.
Another consideration is that if you have a collection of pretty terracotta pots that aren’t being used, they end up cluttering up your yard or shed when you’re in between seasons, or aren’t planting as much in a certain year. A pile of forgotten pots is going to look dreadful, ruining any attempt of a having a peaceful yard to relax in.
There are advantages to plastic pots, most assuredly. They’re cheap, they do well in sunny areas because they heat and cool quickly, and they’re lightweight. But that’s where the advantages end: plastic pots will only last for a few seasons, at most, they’re terrible for the environment, and let’s face it – they look cheap. Plastic is a petroleum-based product, so these pots require a lot of natural resources (fossil fuels) to create, and when they’ve outlived their usefulness, will take up to 1,000 years to break down completely. Since you’ll be spending a lot of time and money starting your new garden, it’s best not to throw good money after bad by putting the good soil in a terrible pot – we strongly suggest you skip the plastic.
We’re glad you asked! Fabric pots have improved in design and practicality, creating a lightweight, useful alternative to clunky, outmoded pots that create more work for the average gardener. Sure, the aesthetics are more pragmatic than pretty, but all eyes will be on the abundance of green leaves and blooms that you’re sprouting – as they should be!
Pictured: Group of GeoPot fabric pots with beautiful blooming flowers.
The reason your plants will be so healthy and vibrant is a direct result of what these fabric pots actually do for your growing plants. The fabric allows air into the soil, giving added oxygen to the roots. Fabric pots like the GeoPots promote air pruning, which stops the growth of the roots as it reaches the edge of the container, causing the plant to create new, more fibrous roots to increase the amount of nutrition the plant is receiving. More nutrition means stronger, healthier plants and a higher yield at harvest time.
Besides eliminating the chances of your plant becoming root bound, the GeoPot allows water to seep out of the fabric, so there’s little chance you’ll end up overwatering your plants. For indoor gardeners, GeoPots feature excellent drainage which allows for more frequent and heavier feeding for higher yields. Most fabric pots come with handles, allowing you to easily move your plants if you find that they need more – or less – sun, and fabric pots are reusable, able to be washed and re-used season after season. GeoPot handles and stitching are made with a double bonded UV resistant polyester thread built to stand up to extreme moisture and salt - it’s the same material used to make sails for sailboats! You can feel confident when you’re moving your GeoPot across the yard that you won’t fall victim to an unexpected ripped seam or broken handle.
If you’re using your fabric pot to grow a larger plant, such as a fruit tree, the GeoPot Transplanter Pot is the way to go. A Velcro seam along the side allows smooth removal of the root ball, lessening or eliminating transplanting shock for the seedling you’ve spent all season nurturing. Transplanter pots also ensure you get the best root development for your plant early on, and prevent early root circling that can occur quickly with traditional plastic.
Remember the issues with storage that you have with terracotta and plastic pots? With fabric pots, you’ll save a lot of mess in your yard or storage shed as fabric pots fold down flat and can be easily stored in a box or tote when not in use. If you’re still not sure about the price, there are cost-effective fabric pots available that rival the price of plastic pots, such as the G-Lite by GeoPot.
The Downside of Fabric Pots
The downside is only that you need to do some homework – not all fabric pots are built the same. We’ve been mentioning the GeoPot because of the time and consideration that’s gone into its creation. The geotextile fabric is made of BPA free plastics, and it’s sewn with marine-grade thread in quad-stitched seams. It will withstand temperature fluctuations, UV exposure, and repeated washings. Best of all, if you have more space, GeoPot makes planters out of the same sturdy material.
Have a hydroponic or garden supply store? Left Coast Wholesale has you covered with wholesale pricing available on GeoPots in all sizes and styles up to 1000 Gallons. If you’re looking for GeoPots near you, call 800.681.1757 today to find a local GeoPot retailer!