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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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Smart Pot: The Award-Winning Fabric Container for Healthier Plants

Smart Pot Is The Original, Award Winning, Fabric Planter For Faster Producing, Healthier Plants

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  • The top brand chosen by professional growers for over 20 years
  • Plants grow faster & healthier in our fabric containers
  • Reusable, durable, perfect around your home

“There are lots of “copy cat” products that try to imitate the Smart Pot line-up, but there is only one Smart Pot!”

– Worm’s Way Kentucky Team

“You really can grow anything with Smart Pots, all you need is good soil, fertilizer and water – that’s it. They make it easy. no matter where you are.”

-Francis Denault & Marie Eisenmann, Co-founders, Les Urbainculteurs, Quebec City

“My blueberry plants grew two and a half feet the first year. It’s a quality product that makes my farming possible. Cause I couldn’t do what I do without the Smart Pot.”

-Brent Jacobs, Owasso Christmas tree and berry farm, Owasso OK

“I would never use another kind of container in my garden other than Smart Pots. They’ve got me for life.”

-Tyler “Heavy T”, Heavy T’s Grow Show, Southern CA

“You can put them anywhere and grow things very quickly. Gardeners will find ways to use Smart Pots almost 12 months a year.”

-C.L. Fornari, The Garden Lady radio and blog personality, MA

“As a retail nursery. Best of all is knowing a quality product like Smart Pots is American Made makes it something I sell with pride.”

– Bill Tall, Owner at City Farmers Nursery, San Diego CA

“. with landscape fabric, . It’s best to do it right the first time. Using Smart Pot fabric lining does it right the first time, the easy way. I recommend them to everyone.”

-Zach Pickens, Rooftop Ready, NYC

“Smart Pots can be used by gardeners of all skill levels. With a healthy root system and easy care, gardeners will be delighted with their harvest (I am).”

Betty Cahill, Garden Coach and Writer, Denver CO

“My customers also count on vendors to be out here on customer appreciation day, and the Smart Pots guys are always here.”

-Joey Jochim, Rio Linda True Value, Rio Linda CA

“Smart Pots are made in the USA, with the same material, producing consistent, successful results every time.”

Emily Walter, A Girl And A Garden Radio & Blog, Southern CA

“Overall, Smart Pots are really functional, great value and high quality products. Not only do we love them, but our customers love them – and we love that!”

– Kelli Yeager, Achin’ Back Garden Center, Pottstown PA

“I’ve stocked Smart Pots in my stores for as long as they’ve been around. They were one of the first, if not THE first, and continue to be the best pots out there. They’ve set the industry standard.”

– Reid Rodgers, Portland Hydroponics and Organics, Tigard, OR

“I’ve been gardening for more than fifty years and I can truthfully say Smart Pots/Big Bag Beds are the best containers I’ve even used.”

– Marty Gottlieb, Horticulturist & Marketing Consultant, Warwick, NY

“Overall, what I love most about Smart Pots is that they just work. Sure, they’re original and innovative, but they’re also about common sense.”

Bob Endy, Bare Roots Hydroponics & Organics, Redding CA

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The short answer: anything with roots. But start with something good to eat!

You can grow almost anything in a Smart Pot! Vegetables, herbs, flowers, and more.

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You Can Find Smart Pots Just About Anywhere

In Over 1,978 Retail Stores Across North America

Wherever you go, just ask for “The Original Fabric Container.” Or look for our Big Bag Bed line of fabric raised beds. Smart Pots are available at your local Grow store, Hydro shop, Organic Garden store and Garden Centers.

To have a Performance Garden, you need
a container that will let your plants perform

Healthier Plants Grown Faster, Easier

The container you use effects the plants you grow, and the quality of your plant starts at the roots. Smart Pots produces healthier roots by air pruning – creating lots of smaller finger roots. These roots absorb moisture and nutrients more efficiently so your plant grows faster and stronger.

Industry Leader In Innovation, Design & Quality

Manufactured in the USA for strict quality control, your plants will thrive in the perfect density of the fabric and you’ll be reusing your Smart Pot for years to come.

Chosen By The Professional Growers

Over 30 years of tested and proven fabric container technology in the tree farming industry – now available for your home garden. Join the thousands of customers growing millions of plants and getting professional grade results, in all fifty states and a number of countries worldwide.

Why Choose Smart Pots?

A Performance Garden starts with healthy roots. Smart Pots create prolific root structures that promote healthier plants and superior yields. Made in the USA, durable Smart Pots are the industry leader in design, innovation and quality control. Since 1984, we’ve helped millions of gardeners and tree farmers succeed. Put our containers in your garden, and watch your plants thrive.

“It really doesn’t matter where you live – with Smart Pots you can grow on your balcony, your terrace, your roof, even in a parking lot. Basically, you can grow with these bags anywhere.” [Read More]

-Francis Denault & Marie Eisenmann, Co-founders, Les Urbainculteurs, Quebec City

Smart Pot is the leading fabric container for faster producing, healthier plants. Smart Pot is the top brand chosen by professional plant growers for over 20 years. Smart Pots are available at your local grow store, hydro shop, organic garden store and Garden Centers.