Smart Pots and Fabric Pots
Fabric Grow Bags 101
Fabric pots, also known as grow bags, cloth pots or the brand name ‘Smart pots’, are soft-sided, aeration containers, designed to enhance the root structure of your plants. All fabric pot brands we sell work on the same premise, allowing maximum oxygen flow to the root ball. These pots have been scientifically proven through university studies to create an intensely branched rooting structure. Healthy roots result in more leafage and flowers, stronger resistance to disease and pests, as well as improving growth rate due to higher nutrient uptake. Additionally, the aeration effect will also help keep temperatures down, lowering stress levels on the plant. Typically cloth pots will last between 4 and 6 growing seasons depending on environmental conditions. Cloth pots can be used for seedlings all the way to full size trees. To clean, simply allow them to dry and shake out the dirt. They can be machine-washed but do NOT machine dry them. For over 25 years fabric pots have been proving themselves both in university testing and real world use.
What sizes do Fabric Pots come in and what are their dimensions?
As we stated above Smart Pots is a brand name commonly used to refer to all fabric grow bags. The Smarts Pots brand was the original creator of this aeration container and developed the most common sizes which nearly all other brands follow. Below is a guide to the common sizes.
What are Smart Pot Dimensions?
Wholesale Fabric Pot Orders – Do you offer custom pricing?
Our prices on Smart Pots and all our grow bag product lines are some of the very best prices in the country. For large orders we encourage you to shop around because we are confident you will come back and order with us. If you have an order amount which is higher than 3k we encourage you to contact us for updates on regional availability and the possibility of lower wholesale pricing.
Can Smart Pots be reused?
Absolutely, all our fabric pots can be reused and this is one of the reasons they are such a good investment. Commercial growers have found under the ideal conditions these containers can be used upwards of 10 years. Between grows simply empty the pots, shake out the dry dirt and then they are ready to be reused.
Fabric pots vs. regular plastic pots
Fabric containers are an aeration container allowing air movement through the rooting zone of your plants. This prevents root wrapping and develops large branchy rooting systems. Regular plastic pots on the other hand do not allow this aeration through the rooting zone that can lead to root wrapping or root rot in the case of overwatering. Remember aeration will increase water usage and nutrient uptake through your plants so be prepared for some extra watering with fabric grow bags.
Smart Pots and Ebb Flow Systems
Fabric containers work great in Ebb and Flow systems also known as flood and drain. The water can actually move through the fabric of the pot and into your plants rooting system. The construction of fabric pots does not deteriorate rapidly when saturated with water on a consistent basis.
What size orders qualify for free shipping?
Due to our low prices and the prices charged by our suppliers we cannot offer all Smart Pot orders with free shipping. Orders over $4000 however do qualify for free shipping. Competitor websites which offer free shipping on their pots have much higher prices in order to cover shipping expenses. Keep this in mind when shopping around. Are aeration containers worth it?
That is a difficult question for us to answer because all growers have their own conditions. We can say without a doubt, that university testing has proven growing with aeration containers does produce larger, healthier plants. Again, it is up to each individual grower to decide whether the expense is worth it to them.
Do you sell used fabric pots?
We do not offer used pots. All our pots are new and unused condition.
How about Smart Pots drainage?
Grow bags are made of a specialized material that allows water and air to move freely through the fabric of the container allowing them to have excellent drainage capabilities.
What are some Smart Pot benefits?
Temperature control, air pruning, increased root branches, increased nutrient uptake, easy to store when not in use, long life serviceability, typically larger plants and higher yields.
What is the best brand of fabric pots?
There is no easy answer, everyone has their own preference. We can tell you the Smart Pot brand is the originator and the only brand which is made in the United States. The other brands such as Gro Pro and Hydrofarms Dirt Pots have similar construction but are made in China. According to Gro Pro they have been producing their grow bags in China since 2007 and have not had a reported commercial growing failure in that time.
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These soft growing containers allow more air to reach the growing medium and roots, improving drainage and keeping the root system from overheating on hot days. Plant roots also benefit from their natural tendency to grow into soft surfaces like the Smart Pot, becoming thick and healthy instead of circling the inside of the pot and becoming root-bound. These pots are aeration containers allowing the air to prune the plant root structure. Simply remove the containers before transplanting. These pots will help plants become established more quickly after transplanting.
Why Are Smart Pots Better For Growing?
Choosing the best pot for your plants is one of the most important components for successful container gardening. For more then twenty-five years the “Smart Pot” has consistently out performed all other growing containers in both commercial nurseries and university testing. The patented Smart Pot is a soft-sided, aeration container, uniquely designed to improve the root structure of your plants enabling them to grow to their full potential.
Smart Pots are better than plastic containers
Hard-sided plastic containers are relatively inexpensive but they are not a very good home for a plant’s root structure. Plastic allows no aeration, conducts and holds heat, and provides inadequate or poor drainage. Even on mildly sunny days, container soil temperatures can easily top 120 degrees, damaging or killing the roots and stressing the plant. The #1 killer of potted or container grown plants is over watering and plastic containers with a few bottom drainage holes actually help the soil stay too wet. A Smart Pot is constructed of a porous fabric that allows heat to dissipate and excess water to evaporate. In fact, over-watering is never a problem because excess water drains and evaporates from all of the Smart Pot’s surfaces; its walls as well as its bottom.
Because the Smart Pot is a fabric container, giving the root ball total aeration and excellent drainage, you can even use a heavier, less expensive planting mix. The type of mix used in a Smart Pot is less critical then in hard-sided pots. Also, another Smart Pot benefit is root pruning, a technique used by many commercial nurseries to produce masses of highly branched roots to improve plant quality. When a root grows to the side of the Smart Pot, it stops growing in length and develops many, many fine branches. By contrast, the roots in a plastic pot continue to grow in length when they reach the side and circle around the side of the pot. This is undesirable as there are fewer roots and these can grow around each other causing girdling or strangulation. A branched, fibrous root structure (“root pruned”) has a far greater root mass than a comparable plant where the roots are circling on the inside of a plastic pot. And a greater root mass will grow a better plant.These soft growing containers allow more air to reach the growing medium and roots, improving drainage and keeping the root system from overheating on hot days. Plant roots also benefit from their natural tendency to grow into soft surfaces like the Smart ]]>