Black Vs. Tan Fabric Choices

What’s the difference between black and tan pots?

Glad you asked!  The essentials are the same between the two colors.  They have the same amount of breathability for your root systems and will both help you grow happy plants, no matter what you are growing.  Also, both our black and tan fabrics are made from the same USA manufacturer, so there are no differences in texture, thickness, or quality between the two colors.

When taking a closer look, there are a couple factors that might help you decide between the two.

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Difference in temperature

Most growers who have used fabric pots before will tell you that there is a slight temperature difference between black and tan pots when the plants are placed in direct sunlight or greenhouse environments.  If you are in a warm climate and growing outdoors, for instance, you might choose tan pots to shave off a few degrees of heat from your root system.  Cooler climates may choose black pots to keep their plants slightly warmer.

Difference in evaporation

Because black pots can be slightly warmer, they will actually drain and evaporate water faster than tan pots.  This will be most noticeable in outdoor growing, when the plants are exposed to direct sunlight.  Some of our growers have noticed, when growing in black and tan side by side, that they have to water the plants in black pots more frequently than the tan.  So if you want to conserve water, consider tan pots.  If you are happy with a faster wet/dry cycle for plant feedings, consider black.

Difference in UV stamina

The fabric used for fabric planters is a nonwoven polypropylene, and most (including ours) have been treated to withstand UV rays.  However, over time, the fabric will break down, especially in direct sunlight.  Just because of the color, our growers report that the tan fabric lasts a little bit longer than the black.  We expect our pots to last at least 4-5 seasons, but black pots in direct sunlight are probably more likely to last 3-4 seasons.

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    Lawnrick lewis

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    Its good to get to learn something new everyday .I didn’t know there’s a difference between black and tan bags .I have always planted in soil bags .All you need to do is cut the top part and start planting .No digging pruning weeding or fertilizing the ground .Its really interesting to get to know there’s actually more to this thank I thought .
    I have been planing to purchase planting bags for my potatoes and I feel like after reading this I can day I am in a better position to make an accurate more informed purchase .Thank you so much for the article .

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    JOANNE MATEJOV

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    If I wrap the black pot with light fabric (loosely) will this offset the sun Drying them out quickly?

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      Grassroots Fabric Pots

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      Yes, that should keep them cooler!

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      Dakota

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      you can also spray/mist the outside of the pots to help keep them cool. as the water evaporates it will cool. just like us when we sweat. hope this helps.

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        Grassroots Fabric Pots

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        Yes that would help but I’m afraid that would have to be done once an hour in the hottest part of the day. I would suggest adding a layer of fabric or straw to the pot and soil to add the water retention

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    Bruce Miller

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    great info always wondered

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    Gordon Garner

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    What would be the best ONE for like Indoor no till growing. And also do the shallow soil saver work with no till living soil. Thanks.

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      Grassroots Fabric Pots

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      I would suggest and say check out our new Living soil pots for no-til they were made to hold the moisture in and make the soil drain like native soil. For a long term living soil system we also suggest a minimum of 30g of soil per container. We have seen people very successful in smaller sizes but its more difficult to maintain the soil moisture the smaller the pot is. So depending on the space available we can usually find a stock size like a 4×4 living soil raised beds or a 30g – 100g living soil pots to fill the space for multiple plants.

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