Fabric Pots vs. Plastic Pots
Air Root Pruning
The primary advantage of the GeoPot Fabric Pot is its air root pruning capability, which results in healthier roots and boosted yields. With traditional plastic pots, the plant's roots will reach the edge of the container and be forced to circle in search of nutrients. As these roots travel, minimal lateral branching will occur, resulting in poor nutrient uptake and causing the roots to quickly become root bound.
In a GeoPot, the roots reach the air on the outside of the pot and are naturally self-pruned, which activates lateral branching of many fibrous feeder roots. These 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.
The porous fabric of the GeoPot Fabric Pot allows air to enter the root zone from all surfaces of the container, providing more oxygen for the roots and supporting beneficial microorganisms and bacteria. The available oxygen is essential for the metabolic process in taking up minerals and nutrients. Oxygen is also necessary to diffuse carbon dioxide caused by the respiration of root cells and microorganisms.
Plastic pots don’t allow for the same airflow as a GeoPot, with the only open surface being the top of the pot. This can restrict oxygen availability to the roots and lead to harmful microorganisms getting a foothold in the growth media.
Another common problem with traditional plastic containers is poor drainage, leading to soil borne diseases like Phytophthora and Pythium, responsible for devastating root rot. With the GeoPot Fabric Pot, excess water can easily drain from the container, keeping moisture at an ideal level for healthy plant growth.
GeoPot Fabric Pots allow air to penetrate the sides of the container, keeping the soil cool when exposed to direct sun on hot summer days or the intense light of an indoor grow light. For hotter climates, GeoPot Fabric Pots are also available in a tan material, which keeps the root zone a few degrees cooler even when positioned in direct sunlight.
Plastic containers, on the other hand, restrict airflow and can even cause growth media to retain heat, which can lead to plant damage in hotter climates.
Quality and Durability
The GeoPot Fabric Pot is constructed of the thickest non-woven polypropylene material available and is reinforced with high-quality bonded-polyester thread. The innovative quad-stitched construction allows the container to withstand constant moisture and prolonged UV exposure while retaining its self-supporting form and structural integrity. The GeoPot Fabric Pot can be washed and reused for up to 5 or 6 growing cycles.
In contrast, single-use plastic pots can crack and break with too much exposure to UV light, and often won’t last more than one growth season. If you need to move your pots, they can easily take damage and need replacement, as they are not built to withstand the same amount of stress and use as a GeoPot.
GeoPot Fabric Pots are Superior to Plastic
It’s easy to see how GeoPot Fabric Pots meet the needs of growers everywhere, while plastic pots just don’t measure up. Make the switch to fabric for better plant health and pot durability, and save yourself the headache of dealing with plastic.