Smart Pots: Good or Not?
I was reading up on root spin out and the copper paint so I was wondering if anyone had used the smart pot? Could you tell any difference from a plastic pot and are they worth the extra money?
I have 4 ea 2 gal smart pots I am going to try. I know my plants are doing it pretty bad because I killed a male at six weeks and it had roots going round and round the side of the pot already.
Maybe your washer! lol
Have you used them?
No replies. I guess no one has used them. I have four 2gal and ordered six 3gal so I am going to try them out. Apparently they are reusable.
I found some interesting info on their website for those who are interested.
How do I clean my Smart Pot?
After use dump out the soil and let the bag dry. After a few days of being dry, the dust and small roots will easily brush off. For most people, this is good enough. At this point the Smart Pot folds easily for storage. However, a lot of our customerswill wash the bags in a bleach to sterilize (I have heard lately that many people prefer OxyClean). They use a washing machine or dip the bag in a tub. Do not put the Bags in a dryer.
Why is the Smart Pot better than hard-sided containers?
The Smart Pot aerates and plastic does not. Aeration stops root circling and releases heat, helping your plant build a better root structure. Better roots will give you a better plant.
Why is a root system grown in a Smart Pot more desirable?
Any plant is only as good as its root structure. A fibrous root system is a more efficient one and enables the plant to maximize water and nutrient uptake in the limited surrounding soil mass. Also, a fibrous, highly developed root system roots out quicker and establishes quicker when the plant is transplanted.
How does the Smart Pot work?
Smart Pots are manufactured out of a custom, non-woven, polypropylene material that research discovered has important and unique horticultural applications. As roots grow they soon reach the container walls. In hard sided, plastic containers, these roots immediately start circling and continue to circle. Examine a circling root structure and you find a few large roots growing in circles with very little side branching. These roots often bind or girdled upon themselves. Circling roots can never give optimum growth.
Smart Pots are manufactured out of a tough, porous fabric. When roots reach the side of the Smart Pot, they Air Prune!
What is air pruning?
Air pruning is a natural process occurring when a root comes in contact with the air on the side of the porous Smart Pot wall. The root tip stops growing (pruned) and causes the remaining root to extensively branch. Now, instead of fewer circling roots, the plant develops new lateral roots. New, fibrous roots fill the Smart Pot allowing the plant to maximize uptake of both moisture and nutrients. And when the roots grow well, the plant grows well. Upon comparison, root systems that developed in a Smart Pot have a much greater mass or volume then those found in hard-sided plastic containers. Plants grown in Smart Pots have greater root mass in less soil.
I was reading up on root spin out and the copper paint so I was wondering if anyone had used the smart pot? Could you tell any difference from a plastic pot…
Re-use of smart pots
For the past year I have been only using Smart Pots. I wanted to get some feedback on how everyone washes there pots and drys them? Please break down the products and methods you use it will be greatly appreciated.
empty them a day or two after chop
let them dry completely
take them outside, knock off any big chunks, pull off all dry roots
hand wash, scrub w/ soap in 5 gal bucket
refill bucket w/ water& give them a good rinse
Yes, this is a PITA but I don’t want a washing machine full of coco bits. It probably won’t help if you use large smartpots, but I’ve found that 9×9 square netpots are fairly equivalent to the 2 gal smartpots and will air-prune just as well and grow plants just as big. They’re also far to clean & reuse and cheaper too. All netpots for me next run.
For the past year I have been only using Smart Pots. I wanted to get some feedback on how everyone washes there pots and drys them? Please break down the…