Air Root Pruning
The primary advantage of the GeoPot is its air pruning capability, which results in healthier roots being able to provide more nutrients to the plant. With traditional plastic pots, the plant's roots will reach the edge of the container and be forced to circle the container in search of a friendlier environment. As these roots circle, minimal lateral branching will occur resulting in poor nutrient uptake and cause the roots to quickly become root bound. What makes the GeoPot so unique is when the plant roots reach the container's edge its root tips are trapped by the porous fabric and when these root tips meet the air on the outside of the pot, they are naturally pruned. This pruning process forces lateral branching of desired fibrous feeder roots. These fibrous roots are more productive in the uptake of water and nutrients, resulting in a healthier, more robust plant that utilizes the entire root zone for optimum plant growth.
GeoPot's porous fabric allows air to enter the root zone from all surfaces of the container. This aeration provides a healthy environment for the roots as well as supports beneficial microorganisms and bacteria. This aeration provides oxygen to the roots, which is essential for the metabolic process in taking up minerals and nutrients. Oxygen is also necessary to diffuse carbon dioxide away from the roots caused by the respiration of root cells and microorganisms. Roots without adequate access to oxygen will result in weak plants that exhibit slow growth and are predisposed to pests and diseases.
A common problem with traditional plastic containers is poor drainage leading to anaerobic condition that result in soil borne diseases like Phytophthora and Pythium, responsible for devastating root rot. Because of GeoPot's unique porous fabric, excess water can easily drain from the container keeping moisture at an ideal level for healthy plant growth.
GeoPot's allow air to penetrate the sides of the container, keeping it cool when exposed to direct sun on hot summer days through the process of evaporative cooling. According to a study done by Catherine A. Neal at the University of New Hampshire, Dept. of Plant Biology: "In comparison to standard black plastic nursery pots, above ground fabric containers reduce maximum root zone temperatures through evaporative cooling and reduced absorption of solar radiation. Plants grown in fabric containers also have improved root structure as a result of air root pruning."
GeoPot for Indoor Growing
Everyone has seen the monster plants and incredible yields from GeoPots used for growing outdoors. When used indoors, not only do you have the unique combination of air root pruning and aeration of the root zone, but GeoPot is the ideal container for some of the most popular hydroponic systems (Ebb-n-flow; Drip circulating; Bucket system; Deep water culture) because nutrients can easily pass in and out of the porous fabric. The fabric can be used like a filter during the flow cycle only allowing the nutrients back to the reservoir. This gives the grower the option to use peat, coco and many other medium without clogging lines or pumps. The square bottom of the GeoPot allows for better spacing between plants. GeoPots can be washed and reused for many cycles. GeoPot PVC framed tray liners fit perfectly inside 4'x4' and 4'x8' hydroponics trays, allowing the grower to convert the tray into one raised bed garden where the roots can share the entire area of the tray. GeoPot tray liners have an option for growers to build a plant support trellis from the liner's PVC frame.
Options for GeoPot
GeoPots are available in both black and tan colors. Our sizes range from 1 to 400 gallon with options to add convenient handles. We recently launched our GeoPot Transplanter Pot that has a Velcro seam down the side. This allows the side of the container to open for easy removal of the root ball when transplanting, which makes transplanting quick and easy. GeoPot Transplanter Pots are available in 1 gallon to 7 gallon sizes.