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Container Gardening: fabric pots and 5:1:1 potting mix

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tropicalnut777
Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

August 3, 2013
6:39 PM

Post #9620663

im sure once i post this..i'll get u all to point out theres a posting on this
:) if so..thanks for patience..
some of my plant needs are calling for HUGE pots.. without spending a
fortune on pots..i am going to give a try with heavy fabric pots..
found a source .."magic growing". got a couple and using one currently..
im using my version of 5:1:1 potting mix.. in plastic pots ..i love it..plants love it.
first thing im finding.. even more than my other pots.are im watering more..
im good with that.. i want really good drainage..
so??? anyone else try fabric pots.. findings???? good??? bad??? no real
feel ???
thanks much...

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

August 4, 2013
5:01 AM

Post #9620850

Yes, I bought one this year to try. I found the same thing with the watering ... I'm watering more. Beyond that I'm not sure just yet. They are a good value for the money compared to large hard pots. And root growth/health is supposed to be better in them.
jfkiii
UNION MILLS, NC

August 6, 2013
11:26 AM

Post #9623122

I have used plastic pots with success. They are cheap and readily available from local garden supply companies. They don't deteriorate and have adequate drainage holes. I also use garden fabric in the bottoms to stop soil loss from watering. I have overwintered hostas without significant losses [last winter I lost 1 plant, and I will not dismiss the possibility that it was planted improperly] I had about 2 dozen plants in these pots. This season I have purchased lotssssssss of plants and have added another 150 plants and used pot sizes from 1gal to 15 gallon. I also have designed a pot mix that I think will serve me well. For a 15 gallon batch of soil mix I use 10 gal of a Farfand mix, purchased by the 1 yd. scoop full, 2 gal perlite from 4 cu foot bags, 2 gal sphagnum peat from 4 cu foot bags and 1 gal of pine bark from bulk scoop purchase. These bulk amounts noted make the soil mix inexpensive. Plus I add an appropriate amount of polymer crystals with a slow release fertilizer; this will retain moisture and cut down on watering. I also foliar feed to help top growth. If anyone wishes to respond privately to get more info or share their experiences you may do so , send to jfkiii@blueridge.net ;please also post on this forum so all may share.
tropicalnut777
Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

September 4, 2013
7:56 PM

Post #9650977

well i have a amorphophallus in a 25 gallon fabric pot..
so far..im ok with it..
couple observations..
it dries out super fast..
im ok with that .. during the winter (when i haul the plant it) i think
that could be a +
in summer.. with the 5:1:1 "my variation" i think i will need to water
for sure..every day..
again.. i'll see..
other observation..its so "flexible".. and that im not sure what i think
.. i like the aeration along the sides..because of the fabric component of the
pot.. if im moving some pots.. i dont want to disturb the roots..because of
the sort of flexible nature of the pot..
if its staying put..or just a quick move.. probably not an issue..
??? anyone else have thoughts???

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

September 5, 2013
2:05 AM

Post #9651073

Summer has been cooler than normal but my fabric pot still dries out quickly. Much faster than I would like as it requires watering almost every day. The roots tend to grow through the bottom too quickly for my liking. At this point, I won't be buying any more of these pots. I can see where they might have some good usefulness but not what I generally would want to use.
tropicalnut777
Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

September 5, 2013
2:21 PM

Post #9651657

good observations cville.. im sure i'll find out if fabric pots are for me soon..
much thanks for thoughts!!!
tropicalnut777
Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

October 8, 2013
8:55 AM

Post #9681163

well for this growing season..i have to say..im very pleased with
my fabric pots..
i was concerned about the big ones.. 65 gallons.. how to haul
them in the house..(i have tender tropicals in them)..they did
better than the plastic ones..
i had to water them more outside..because of the wicking affect of the
fabric..im ok with that..
im sure they will only last maybe 2-3 yrs.. im good with that..
unless i go with the really heavy commercial plastic pots..which
are really expensive.. so far ..im sold on the fabric pots..
DonShirer
Westbrook, CT
(Zone 6a)

October 27, 2013
5:18 AM

Post #9695707

Some nurseries have a pile of old pots out back that they will give away.
tropicalnut777
Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

October 27, 2013
8:55 AM

Post #9695893

so true don. i see im not the only one that pays attention to "stuff"
others want to discard...:) good free stuff huh!!!! :)
couple yrs ago..just driving home. someone had 4 medium sized double
glazed windows on curb..with sign.."free".. well..how could i pass that up..
i now use them as part of a cold frame to start lettuce early..
yea !!!

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