Pots and textile planters – Grow Bags
Cultivating on balconies, terraces, or any space
Within this wide range of growing containers, whether for use in ornamental or horticultural crops, there is an intelligent alternative to traditional pots and planters, namely textile pots or also called grow bags. These pots made with geotextile fabric offer important advantages for the crop that we will now detail.
Main characteristic of the grows bag crop
We would highlight how these pots help the root development of the plants. Thanks to the porous fabric with which they are made produce an anti-spiral effect of the roots, typical of plastic pots where this effect ends up strangling the plant if nothing is done about it. In textile pots, as the roots grow and reach the limit of the container, they are cut by the effect of the light on them when they pass through the fabric. These roots, not being able to advance, what they do is branch out and generate more root mass, and the greater the root mass, the greater the capacity to absorb nutrients, a fact that considerably improves the development of the plant.
Another quality in favour concerning the traditional containers is the greater capacity of oxygenation that provides to the roots the porosity of the geotextile fabric. The cultivated land also benefits from this aeration effect, achieving less caking and a more soft soil that allows free development of the roots.
This aeration of the soil also suits us very well in times of heat to decrease the temperature of the substrate. The drainage of the pot also benefits the permeable and flexible geotextile fabric with which the grow bags are manufactured favours the filtration of the irrigation water, soaking the soil but avoiding the encharcamiento.
The textile pots are very appropriate to cultivate seedlings that we want to transplant later to greater containers, the difficulty to retire the plant of the textile flowerpot is smaller than the one that we found in a traditional plastic flowerpot. In the case of large plants, such as fruit trees, can be left to develop in the pot of geotextile fabric until they reach the ideal size to be transplanted, then simply place the plant, without removing it from the geotextile pot, directly in the soil of cultivation, once the transplant is finished the roots of the plant will end up crossing the geotextile fabric extending into the subsoil.
Another advantage of textile pots is their maintenance and storage. Once the crop is finished, its content is emptied and they are placed in a bucket or carrycot full of water where they are submerged, leaving the remains of soil, mineral salts and fertilizers that have been impregnated in the geotextile fabric of the pot to dissolve. We train them and let them dry and they can be easily stored, occupying minimum space and waiting for the next crops.
Without a doubt, grow bags are an intelligent and very efficient alternative to traditional culture containers; they adapt well to the spaces, they are lightweight and very resistant, they are multipurpose, they can be used individually or they can go as flowerpot inside pots of mud, wood, plastic, etc. Their different formats cover crops ranging from small containers for small ornamental plants or seedlings, to pots with large capacity handles for fruit trees. Special mention should be made of sacks of potato crops with a lower pocket for removing the tubers.