Frequently Asked Questions
If you don’t see your question below, feel free to contact us. We love answering your questions!
Do you ship to Alaska, Hawaii, or Canada?
We do ship to Alaska and Hawaii, you’ll just need to call us to place your order since different shipping conditions apply. We can also ship to Canada, but what you would pay for shipping is often unfortunately high. Feel free to contact us for a shipping quote. We are unable to ship overseas at this time.
Do you ship internationally?
In order to place an international order, you will need to first contact one of your local freight forwarding services. That way we are able to ship to a US address and they will take care of the rest.
We currently require a $500 minimum order for international shipments.
If I live near Sacramento, can I pick up my order?
Sure! Just call us to place your order, and we can give you the details. 916-822-2177
I'm looking for a type of fabric pot I don't see here.
Well, we can make your fabric planter dreams come true! Just head over to our custom request form to tell us about your ideas. You can request things like handles, strange sizes, alternative raised bed dimensions, or maybe a pot with no bottom!
Can I get a discount if I buy more?
Yes, we offer bulk discounts. For example, if your order is $1000 – $4999, you will get 5% off. If your order is over $5000, you will get 10% off. You can submit for a quote if you’d like to know the specifics.
Can I pay with PayPal?
If you would like to pay with PayPal, just call our office to place your order and we can work that out with you. 916-822-2177
What mail service do you use to ship?
We most frequently use Fedex as our shipping carrier. We will also use the US Postal Service on occasion. For very large orders that need pallets, it can vary by what’s available in your area. Feel free to call our office if you have any questions! 916-822-2177
Fabric Pot Information
How long will they last?
Typically, we expect them to last between 3-5 years. It depends on how much direct sunlight they receive, how you store/clean them, and how you grow in them. Often, they will last longer than that! We recommend washing your fabric pots in between cycles if you use a lot of nutrients and amendments.
What kind of fabric do you use?
Our fabric is a nonwoven geotextile polypropylene made especially for us from a manufacturer in the USA. It is military grade UV-resistant, chemically stable, and BPA free! It resists breakdown and rot and won’t leach any chemicals into your media. Plus, you can just throw it in the washing machine!
Are they safe? How do they affect the environment? Are they recyclable?
Our material is chemically stable, inert, and BPA-free, and therefore safe. It will not leach anything into the soil or the environment.
While the material we use is not recyclable, we strive to help by making our products last as long as possible. If fewer need purchased, fewer end up in the trash.
How does the drainage work? Does it matter what surface they're put on?
Because the fabric is breathable, the water escapes out of any part of the bottom and lower sides of the pot. Fabric planters do drain faster than hard-sided planters, and you may need to water more often.
We recommend trays if you are worried about the surface the pots/beds are on, or worried about the runoff.
Are they biodegradable? Can I bury them?
Our products are not biodegradable. Our current pots and beds are intended to be very long-lasting above ground containers. We would love to have a new line of biodegradable pots in the future, so stay tuned.
You can bury our pots, but they will not deteriorate. This type of geotexile fabric was originally created for plumbing use. Being underground will not negatively affect anything.
What makes yours different?
The short answer? Quality. We have taken the time to research the materials used by our competition and have chosen to use a far superior fabric that is made specifically for us in the USA. Then we sew our pots in Sacramento, CA for lasting quality. The majority of the fabric pots on the market are made cheaply in China and do not last. We sew our bottom seams on the outside to help them last longer, and most of our pots and beds have a triple hem along the top for extra strength. (Classic and Shorty pots 30gal and up are triple-hemmed, raised beds are all triple-hemmed)
Do fabric pots prevent root binding?
Yes, our aeration container fabric pots help to prevent root circling like you might see in a plastic pot. When the roots grow to the side of the pot, they hit air. That causes the plant to divert the growth to new root fibers instead of the same one, allowing for a more dense and fibrous root ball. Air pruning is a term often used for this effect.
How are they different from plastic pots?
Traditional hard plastic pots easily cause the plant to become root bound, leading to a whole host of problems such as root rot, disease, and pests. Our fabric breathes, and allows the roots to grow outwards in a natural pattern, staving off bad molds and fungi that would take over a root bound plant and possibly cause death. We can get pretty passionate about this. If you have more questions, feel free to contact us. Read more about why fabric pots are healthy for your plants.
How do they affect animals or pests?
Our strong fabric can sometimes act as a barrier to pests or animals, but we suggest taking other measures to protect your plants.
Why are the 4x4 and 4x8 raised beds smaller?
We’ve taken 2 inches off our standard 4×4 and 4×8 raised beds so they can fit into a 4×4 or 4×8 tray.
- 4×4 = 46″ x 46″ x 18″
- 4×8 = 46″ x 94″ x 18″
We didn’t change our standard 4×16 bed because we find that tray size uncommon.
Using Fabric Pots
How do I clean my fabric pots? Can I wash them?
When not in use, store your Grassroots Fabric Pots indoors to prevent the elements from weakening the fabric. To wash, hose down the pots to get rid of most of the soil and plant matter. Then machine wash cold with a small amount of bleach. DO NOT DRY. Here is more info on how to wash your fabric pots.
How much mix or medium do I need for my fabric pots?
Great question! We’ve built a chart of cubic feet and cubic yards of volume to help you choose how much soil or medium to purchase for each size of Grassroots Fabric Pots.
What sort of soil should I use with my fabric pots?
As you know, different plant types require a different soil mix. We wrote this to help you choose a soil.
Should I water more frequently using a Grassroots Fabric Pot?
The answer to this can depend on your growing style. However, since our fabric pots allow for more air circulation, more watering will likely be needed.
Is it safe to use my Grassroots Fabric Pots on my wooden deck?
Yes, but be proactive. The bottom of the fabric pot will put moisture into the wood and cause rot. We suggest using a plastic or ceramic dish underneath to collect runoff water.
Can I move my fabric pot if the sun pattern changes?
Why yes! For any reason you have to move your plant, our pots are lightweight and designed to be free to pick up and move to a new location. We recommend doing so before a watering so the pot is at its lightest.
Is it bad if the roots underneath grow into the ground?
It is personal preference. Our pots are not designed for this, but if it happens and is not a problem for you, it WILL benefit the plant by adding new area for your roots to explore.
Grassroots Fabric Pots, the Company
What is your return policy and warranty?
We are happy to offer you a 21 day satisfaction guarantee, and we will accept the return of unused product back for a refund during that time. We are also happy to provide you with a 90-day manufacturer’s warranty. If you find any defects with your pots, contact us, and we will make it right. Our custom orders have different rules. All the details are summed up for you in our Terms and Conditions.
Are you hiring?
We are not currently hiring for any positions. If you’d like to send us a resume to keep for later, feel free. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org.