Choosing Between Classic and Shorty Style Pots
Grassroots Fabric Pots offers Classic Pots and Shorty Soil Savers.
What’s the difference?
Shorty Soil Savers are designed to be wider and shallower allowing for more horizontal freedom in root structures.
This sort of pot requires less soil for more surface area.
It has its own benefits to the plant and soil.
Classic Pots, on the other hand, are sized a bit more traditionally.
The taller sides allow for deeper soil biology and more vertical freedom for roots.
The diameter is tighter, which conserves grow space.
Having a fabric pot that meets your needs as a grower is important.
Before you can decide which pots are right for you, ask yourself these questions:
Will I be using clones?
Clones are trimmings from a mother plant that have been re-planted to grow on their own, independent from the mother plant.
Roots that start from a trimming form an adventitious root system stemming from the bottom of the clone. These roots typically only penetrate the soil to depths of around 12-18 inches.
Clone roots prefer plenty of width to work with instead of depth. Because of this, Shorty pots are better suited for growing with clones.
Will I be growing from seed?
Most plants, when grown from seed, shoot down a strong taproot. This taproot penetrates deep into the soil so that smaller roots can shoot off and reach further depths than a clone’s roots.
When growing from seed, a deeper pot would better suit your growing needs. A seed’s growth can be stunted by a shallow taproot.
The plant you put in the pot isn’t the only thing you need to consider when choosing your pot. What about your soil?
Will I be growing with Fertigation?
Fertigation, one of the most common growing methods, is simply growing with fertilizers and water-soluble nutrients with some form of irrigation.
The goal is to feed the plant directly, so it receives all the nutrients and minerals it needs to grow. The soil acts as a medium to hold nutrients for the plant to grab through its roots.
A Shorty Soil Saver is ideal because it allows for faster feeding cycles. The soil in a shorter, wider pot is shallower. It will drain faster and allow for faster flushing of nutrients.
Will I be growing with NoTill?
The notill growing method heavily contrasts fertigation.
When growing in a notill system, feeding the plant isn’t the goal. Instead, through organic methods and microbiology, the goal is to set up a soil food web. This living soil allows the plant to decide when it needs nutrients and minerals. Instead of you feeding the plant, the soil feeds the plant.
The minimum recommended size for a living soil ecosystem is 30 gallons, and deeper pots yield better microbiology. Pick a Classic Pot and invest in your soil if this is the route you choose to go.
What other options do I have?
Pots aren’t the only way to go.
Fabric raised beds provide a different type of container with new benefits! Check out this article comparing fabric pots vs raised beds.
Make sure you’re buying the container that best suits your needs as a grower.