Why use fabric pots for transplanting?
We were very happy to make a visit to Grass Valley, CA this month to talk with Eric Brandstad at Forever Flowering Greenhouses. We got a tour of his amazing facilities and chatted it up about light deprivation and fabric pot benefits. Luckily, he was willing to jump on camera for us to share some of his knowledge with you!
If you’re interested, check out our fabric pots we’ve made especially for transplanting –> The Transplant-inator.
The Benefit of using Fabric Pots for Transplanting – according to Eric
A benefit I see of using Grassroots Fabric Pots, or textile pots in general, is that they’re better than plastic pots for transplanting. When you have a 5 gallon or a 3 gallon pot, or even a little Dixie cup for that matter, you want your starting material to be pristine and your best foot forward. So when you start to get root-bound plants in these small containers, especially plastic pots, it’s because typically roots source to the outside. Then when we water, the water drains right through the middle. We’re not actually getting hydration or saturation to the plant. When we don’t get these to the plant, it’s not growing to its fullest potential. What we want to do is help it grow to its fullest potential and grow more naturally, and that’s why I believe that fabric pots are better. Anytime that you pull a plant out of a plastic pot and you see the roots bound, or growing around the outside, you know that the plant has gone through some type of abolic stress. It’s not getting the hydration or saturation it needs, and that’s what develops into disease and mold and problems in the future.
For that matter, I’m a big fan of the Grassroots Fabric Pots, or any of these pots that actually help you maintain better control. That’s another word that a lot of people look at the word “control”. It usually means temperature and humidity. A lot of times for me it means: Are the roots growing more naturally? Are we able to sustain better hydration and saturation for the plant? Is all the water absorbed into the center of the medium? A lot of times we see the center of the soil dried out and the outside is more saturated, and that saturation is what the roots want to follow. So if we keep the roots in the center growing more naturally, especially the people that are using smaller ones in the flood and drain tables, we might be able to cut out one of the floods in between. That would mean more nutrient savings, more water savings, and we still have plants that grow to their fullest potential.