Smart Pots are made in the USA of the highest-grade fabric, which is tough, yet allows ample oxygen to reach the root zone for faster growth compared with plastic pots. Smart Pots are BPA free and lead free. Smart Pots come in sizes from 1 to 1,000 gallons and can be used with hydroponic systems and drip irrigation lines.
These BPA- and lead-free soft growing containers allow more air to reach the growing medium and roots, improving drainage and keeping the root system from overheating. Plant roots have a natural tendency to grow into soft surfaces like those of the Smart Pot, becoming thick and healthy instead of circling the inside of the pot and becoming root-bound. Smart Pots are aeration containers: They allow the air to prune the plant root structure. Simply remove the containers before transplanting. These pots help plants become established more quickly after transplanting.
Why Are Smart Pots Better For Growing?
As simple as it seems, a pot is one of the most important components for successful container gardening. For more than 25 years, Smart Pots have consistently outperformed all other growing containers in commercial nurseries and in university testing. The patented Smart Pot is uniquely designed to improve the root structure of your plants, enabling them to grow to their full potential.
Smart Pots are better than plastic containers
Hard-sided plastic containers are relatively inexpensive but are not a very good home for roots. Plastic allows no aeration, conducts and holds heat, and provides inadequate or poor drainage. Even on mildly sunny days, container soil temperatures can easily top 120 degrees, damaging or killing the roots and stressing the plant. The No. 1 killer of potted or container-grown plants, however, is over-watering. Plastic containers with a few bottom drainage holes actually encourage the soil to stay too wet. In contrast, the porous fabric of a Smart Pot allows heat to dissipate and excess water to evaporate. Over-watering is never a problem with a Smart Pot because excess water drains and evaporates from all of the Smart Pot's surfaces, including its walls and bottom.
The type of mix used in a Smart Pot is less critical than in hard-sided pots. Because the fabric Smart Pot provides the root ball total aeration and excellent drainage, you can use a heavier, less-expensive planting mix. Another Smart Pot benefit is root pruning, used by many commercial nurseries to produce masses of highly branched roots to improve plant quality. Plastic pots allow roots to grow longer and circle the inside of the pot, growing around each other and causing girdling or strangulation. Roots grow differently in the fabric Smart Pot, where they stop growing in length and develop many fine branches. A branched, fibrous root structure—referred to as "root pruned"— has a far greater root mass than a comparable plant with circling roots. A greater root mass grows a better plant.
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