Introduction to plant containers
Gardening or plant growing has never been easier and fun as it is now with the introduction of plant containers which come in different material and sizes. What more is that you do not need some land space to do your gardening anymore and that is how the plant containers have revolutionized the farming system? Nowadays with a roof, balcony or any other convenient place within your home, you have qualified to use the plant containers or bags because they are designed to fit under those environments.
The introduction of planting containers and bags such as smart pots has seen people embrace gardening in a way they had not before. This proves that they have been tested and proved to be worthy investing in them. When it comes to these plant containers, they come in different materials which in this case are fabric pots, plastic pots, clay pots, ceramic pots and the list goes on and on. In reference to the various materials named, it is worth noting that some materials are more convenient in gardening compared to others. You shouldn’t therefore expect the same performance from all the types because they are designed to handle gardening stuff differently. There is no doubt that plants require water, sunlight and air to thrive, so it is only important to go for the plant containers that allow or rather accommodate all these requirements.
Roots of any plant have to be healthy if the plant is to thrive and survive until the desired growth. That means that the plant container you decide to invest in should be accommodative when it comes to facilitating the growth and expansion of the roots which in turn will reflect on the growth of the plant. There are various root pots you can choose from which are available in the market. Each of them comes from a different material but all designed to facilitate root growth.
Types of root containers
These are some of the root pruning containers you are likely to encounter in the market:
- Root pots: These types of pots are made from recycled materials such as jean fabric and they are biodegradable. They help greatly in thermal insulation when the temperatures are low and in cooling when the temperatures are high. You can reuse them all over again.
- Smart pots: These are made from black non-woven polypropylene. Their black color facilitates warmth to the microbes in the soil and excessive heat gets to escape through the breathable material. These bags or rather pots are durable and can therefore last you for years before you can think of replacing them.
- Air pots: These containers are a resemblance of an egg and their bottom is covered with a plastic mesh. They give service for a long period of time and can be easily cleaned.
It is worth noting that each root pruning containers comes with its own reliability terms in reference to plant growth in each of them and they are way too different at that.
How roots benefit from various plant containers
Roots are the most important parts of the plants and if they are not well taken care of then the chances of the plants surviving become slim. It is only important that when deciding on doing containerized gardening to go for root friendly choices that will not have the roots of your plants or flowers compromised. For instance smart pots make good choice because of their breathable fabric which provides air pruning service to the plant roots. Here is a list of how roots benefit from the various plant containers;
- An increase in root mass: This occurs in such a way that new feeder roots are able to sprout and spread and this is after the roots have reached the end of the fabric without circulating and strangling each other. These feeder roots are able to absorb more nutrients and water, which facilitates fast growth of the plant. Increase in roots is therefore a guarantee that the plant will increase the yield too.
- Natural air pruning: It is evident that the roots of a growing plant tends to spread on the outwards side and for this case where it is a container or bag being used it means that the roots may not find closure as they spread out. This is however not the case with breathable containers or bags such as smart pots because their material allows the roots to find closure by getting pruned on the process.
- Excellent drainage: With a porous plant container, it is easier to have drainage issues controlled such that it is not possible to overwater the plant, something that is not good for the roots at all. Some other plant containers such as those which are made from plastic containers may not manage drainage very well and this may drown the plants.
General benefits of using aeration containers
We already mentioned that plant containers operate based on how they are designed to perform. On this note, we are going to specifically look at benefits which come with the use of aeration containers, or containers which are made from breathable material such as smart pot:
- They improve the overall structure of the plant root
- Water and the nutrients are utilized better
- Growth of microbes or bacteria on the soil is enhanced
- Healthy and strong plants are guaranteed
- Circulation or rather circling of the roots is discouraged
- Fast growth of plants is guaranteed
About cleaning and reusing plant containers, most of them are easy to clean with some even being washable by the machine after which they are hanged out to dry. That applies to the light containers such as smart pots. Upon drying, these are usually folded and stored until their next use. About re-using, a number of them can be used all over again for a number of seasons or years before they can be replaced with newer ones.…