Smart Pots FAQs

How do I clean my Smart Pot?
Who uses the Smart Pot?
Why is the Smart Pot better than hard-sided containers?
How often should a Smart Pot be watered?
What potting mix is best?
Why is a root system grown in a Smart Pot more desirable?
Is it true that plants grown in Smart Pots don’t have to be repotted as often as those grown in hard-sided pots?
Does this mean I can leave my plants a few years in the Smart pots?
Why does the Smart Pot have a fabric bottom?
My plants were growing well until I moved them. What happened?
What other advantages are there to growing in the Smart Pot over traditional, plastic containers?
How does the Smart Pot work?
What is air pruning?
How much soil do I need to fill my Smart Pots?
How tall are the Smart Pots?
Can I place the Smart Pot on my driveway or do I have to place it on the ground?
I'm an organic gardener, can I use the Smart Pot and still be organic?
What size Smart Pot should I use?
How much mix or medium do I need?
Is the Smart Pot gopher proof?

 


 

 

How do I clean my Smart Pot?

After use  dump out the soil and let the bag dry. After a few days of being dry, the dust and small roots will easily brush off. For most people, this is good enough. At this point the Smart Pot folds easily for storage. However, a lot of our customerswill wash the bags in OxyClean or peroxide to sterilize. They use a washing machine or dip the bag in a tub. Do not put the Bags in a dryer.

Container GardeningWho uses the Smart Pot?

The Smart Pot is the best container on the market for helping your plant grow a better root structure. Container gardeners who know that better roots are the key to everything else that happens with a plant use the Smart Pot.

Why is the Smart Pot better than hard-sided containers?

The Smart Pot aerates and plastic does not.  Aeration stops root circling and releases heat, helping your plant build a better root structure. Better roots will give you a better plant.

How often should a Smart Pot be watered?

Watering the Smart Pot is not too different than watering hard-sided containers. For all containers watering frequency depends on a number of factors including the types of plant being grown, the potting mix and the weather conditions.  Keep two things in mind – The Smart Pot is an aeration container. The porous fabric allows water to evaporate so you may need to water a little more.  But, the Smart Pot releases heat. It does not get hot like a plastic container, so you may water a little less.

What potting mix is best?

Gardeners are using virtually every potting mix in the Smart Pot.  Because the Smart Pot aerates, heavier mixes can be used. Obviously, Smart Pots filled with lighter mixes that are less water retentive may need to be watered more often.

Why is a root system grown in a Smart Pot more desirable?

Any plant is only as good as its root structure. A fibrous root system is a more efficient one and enables the plant to maximize water and nutrient uptake in the limited surrounding soil mass.  Also, a fibrous, highly developed root system roots out quicker and establishes quicker when the plant is transplanted.

Is it true that plants grown in Smart Pots don’t have to be repotted as often as those grown in hard-sided pots?

Yes, it is true. Remember, roots do not circle in the Smart Pot.  Because of the large volume of fibrous roots, plants growing in a Smart Pot can stay longer, and be healthier, growing in a Smart Pot.

Does this mean I can leave my plants a few years in the Smart pots?

Yes! We urge you to try leaving some plants in the Smart Pots for a long time.  With healthy roots, you will be amazed at what your plants will do in their second or third year in the same Smart Pot.

Why does the Smart Pot have a fabric bottom?

To help you grow a better plant. The Smart Pot is made with a heavy porous fabric bottom that gives a plant intimate ground contact. This ground contact helps the plant maintain a ground temperature, as opposed to a plastic container temperature. Also, small roots may penetrate the bottom of the Smart Pot. These roots will help intake moisture and nutrients.

My plants were growing well until I moved them. What happened?

Water the plant! Because of the fabric bottom, if the plant is moved to a dry ground area, the dry ground can move water out of the Smart Pot by capillarity.  Water when you move plants.

What other advantages are there to growing in the Smart Pot over traditional, plastic containers?

The fabric will not crack or break from frost or when dropped. Heat release gives you better control of slow release fertilizer.  A fibrous root structure has fewer problems in cold or warm weather.

How does the Smart Pot work?

Smart Pots are manufactured out of a custom, non-woven, polypropylene material that research discovered has important and unique horticultural applications. As roots grow they soon reach the container walls. In hard sided, plastic containers, these roots immediately start circling and continue to circle. Examine a circling root structure and you find a few large roots growing in circles with very little side branching.  These roots often bind or girdled upon themselves. Circling roots can never give optimum growth.

Smart Pots are manufactured out of a tough, porous fabric. When roots reach the side of the Smart Pot, they Air Prune!

What is air pruning?

Air pruning is a natural process occurring when a root comes in contact with the air on the side of the porous Smart Pot wall.  The root tip stops growing (pruned) and causes the remaining root to extensively branch.  Now, instead of fewer circling roots, the plant develops new lateral roots.  New, fibrous roots fill the Smart Pot allowing the plant to maximize uptake of both moisture and nutrients.  And when the roots grow well, the plant grows well.  Upon comparison, root systems that developed in a Smart Pot have a much greater mass or volume then those found in hard-sided plastic containers.  Plants grown in Smart Pots have greater root mass in less soil.

How much soil do I need to fill my Smart Pots?

If you are using a mix that comes in 2 cubic feet per bag then plan on using about 7 bags or 14 cubic feet per 100 gallons.

How tall are the Smart Pots?

Actual size may vary slightly

(base x height) 
#1 - 7" x 6"
#2 - 8" x 7"
#3 - 10" x 7.5"
#5 - 12" x 9.5"
#7 - 14" x 9.5"
#10 - 16" x 11.5"
#15 - 18" x 13.5"
#20 - 20" x 15.5
#25 - 21" x 15.5"
#30 - 24" x 15.5"
#45 - 27" x 18"
#65 - 32" x 18"
#100 - 38" x 20"
#200 - 50" x 24"

Can I place the Smart Pot on my driveway or do I have to place it on the ground?

Yes, you can place the Smart Pot on your drive, or on any other surface. However, remember that the Smart Pot is made of a porous fabric and, with proper use, will remain damp. If left on concrete for a long time it may discolor or stain the concrete. If placed on a wooden deck it will discolor and rot the wood. In these cases you may want to place a plastic dish or a plastic sheet under the Smart Pot.

I'm an organic gardener, can I use the Smart Pot and still be organic?

The Smart Pot is an inert fabric container that has no meaningful chemical exchange with the surrounding environment. On a microscopic, chemical level, the Smart Pot fabric is an inert plastic. If the medium and fertilizers you use in the Smart Pot are organic, you will be growing organically in the Smart Pot container.  

Is the Smart Pot gopher proof?

The Smart Pot can stand up to gophers. Since our company has been in the retail market, there has been no cases of a gopher getting through the Smart Pot.  


What size Smart Pot should I use?

 

How much mix or medium do I need?

 


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