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fabric pots and 5:1:1 potting mix

Provo, UT(Zone 5a)

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...

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

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.

UNION MILLS, NC

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.

Provo, UT(Zone 5a)

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???

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

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.

Provo, UT(Zone 5a)

good observations cville.. im sure i'll find out if fabric pots are for me soon..
much thanks for thoughts!!!

Provo, UT(Zone 5a)

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..

Westbrook, CT(Zone 6a)

Some nurseries have a pile of old pots out back that they will give away.

Provo, UT(Zone 5a)

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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