If you are growing plants in containers, have you tried the fabric pots yet?
I tried one for the first time last year and I liked it so well that I bought 5 more this year. They have everything going for them.
First, if space is an issue, they are a breeze to keep and store. This is a 5 gallon pot. It folds down to the size of a large, glossy magazine–just about as high and thick. I bought a 5 pack of them. They arrived, folded, in an express mail envelope. Try doing that with any other sort of container!
They’re made right here in the United States, in Oklahoma City, to be exact, by a family company that began manufacturing them for trees.
This is mine from last year, planted with a tomato and some herbs. The tomato grew so well that I eventually pulled out two of the 4 herbs.
This year I am planning to be even more ambitious . I am planning a couple of tomatoes –1 per bag, obviously–& a bag of cucamelons. I will do a bag of just herbs, to give them room of their own. And I have a fig for one, that’s begging for extra room.
So I should have a nice edible garden–if I can get the Spoiler to haul the soil for me. Thanks to Amie, I won’t be moving much.
And I found–& buy–these all on my own. I get no credit or anything else for promoting this product. In fact, I know that there are other fabric type bags out there. I buy these because I like supporting an American company. You can make your own choices.
They are excellent in ‘other’ nurseries. I still prefer the cans for as long as they are available. I think that bags will slowly but eventually replace cans. I really dislike moving them, but they have so many other advantages. I prefer cans in the home nursery as well. Plants that stay potted get real pots that are presentable in the garden. If I could thin the home nursery out a bit, I would use clay pots rather than vinyl.
Anything that is potted permanently–all my house plants and tropicals that move outside for the summer–are in something decorative, or clay, if the plant needs it, like an orchid, for example. What I use these for are the perpetual New England problem: growing vegetables and herbs.
Most of my property is heavily shaded, and where I have sun, I like to grow roses and lilacs–not tomatoes. These allow me to grow veggies and herbs very near the house on my driveway or on top of my stone wall. And since it stays cool so late here–they’re predicting snow and sleet again tomorrow–these ugly black fabric things let me maximize my growing season–when it finally arrives.
But I do agree with you. I would never want these on a permanent basis for my plants!
They rub me the wrong way anyway because they are the standard container for the marijuana growers. They get dumped along with the media all over the rural roadways here when the season is over.
I can’t blame you in the least then. I would hate that–& these–as well.
I have a bunch of tree peonies in these “growbags” (as I call them) at the moment. One is the big one that just bloomed for the first time; Cricket Hill nursery sells all their non-bare-root peonies in these bags. They also sell the bags separately. I potted up my seed grown tree peonies in the smaller bags last fall. All of them will have to continue in the bags until I have in-ground homes available for them at the end of this summer.
I think I did see that when you had your little peonies about to bloom in your garage. I started with the one last year and dramatically expanded them this year. I really had a great experience last year, particularly since I am a little bit colder up here and it helps me get a head start on my veggies.