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Smart Pots 5-Gallon Smart Pot Soft-Sided Container, Black
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- Soft-sided fabric aeration container that has the rigidity to hold its shape
- Provides aeration, enhancing root structure, resulting in a vigorous plant with more flowers and fruits and increased insect and disease resistance
- Allows excess heat to escape
- Developed for, and used by commercial tree growers
- 5 Gallon capacity; 12 inch diameter x 9.5 inch height
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What Can You Grow in A Smart Pot?
The short answer: anything with roots. .. But start with something good to eat!
You can grow almost anything in a Smart Pot: vegetables, herbs, flowers, and more.
You don't need a green thumb to have a thriving container garden. All you need are the right tools.
Smart Pots Soft-sided Container
Better than traditional plastic containers
Smart Pots utilize a patented fabric design to produce a healthier plant. Before Smart Pots became a household name, professional tree growers were using it for over 25 years and found their trees grew better in our fabric containers.
Almost all plants grow better in Smart Pot fabric containers. That’s because Smart Pots support healthy root growth. And strong roots means a stronger plant.
Compared to plastic containers, Smart Pots stay cooler on hot days because it allows air to flow through the sides of the fabric. Roots can’t grow and are stressed when plastic containers get hot.
Smart Pots also root-prunes. What is root pruning? When a root tip reaches the side of our fabric container, it stops in place, and initiates lateral, or side branching. As this process repeats, the entire area of the container is filled with fibrous root growth, allowing more surface area for mineral and water absorption. A recent study at Texas A&M University showed double the root mass compared to a traditional plastic container. In a plastic container, roots circle around the side and rarely initiate fibrous growth.
About Smart Pots
Nurserymen and Master Gardeners alike have known for over thirty years that Smart Pots grow better plants because of the fabric used in their construction.
The tough, long lasting Smart Pot material has just the right amount of porosity to promote air root pruning, excellent drainage and allow excess heat to escape, producing superior plants. The patented soft-sided containers last for years, even in the harshest winters, and are excellent for growing the widest variety of container or potted plants.
A healthy, well-established root system is key to overall growth, and Smart Pots provide roots with an ideal environment, allowing them to thrive and develop to their full potential. Vegetables, flowers, herbs and fruits all do well in Smart Pots. Smart Pots are the horticulturist's first choice for container gardening!
Smart Pots are 100% made in the USA. All of our raw materials and manufacturing processes are sourced in the USA. Our fabric is totally inert and free of chemicals and BPA’s.
Air Pruning in Smart Pots
As roots grow in containers they eventually reach the container walls. In hard-sided containers, these roots, upon reaching the walls, start circling and continue to circle, seeking a friendlier environment. Upon examination, these root systems exhibit a few strong roots growing in circles with very little branching, often are bound or girdled upon themselves and, depending on the type of plant, can produce a strong tap root growing through the containers bottom.
These characteristics can hinder the plant's rate of growth and in some cases its chances of survival when transplanted. Roots grown in a Smart Pot come in contact with the fuzzy, fabric inner wall of the bag and penetrate or grow into the fabric. The bag's tough fabric prevents the root's continued longitudinal growth, in effect pruning it, causing the root to develop masses of lateral fibrous roots. Upon comparison, root systems that developed in a Smart Pot have a much greater mass or volume then those found in hard-sided containers.
Plants grown in Smart Pots have root balls that contain many more roots than found in a hard-sided container of similar size. The fibrous root systems produced in Smart Pots are more efficient and enable plants to maximize water and nutrient uptake in the limited surrounding soil mass.
Controlling Plant Temperature Using Smart Pots
The Smart Pot’s black fabric quickly warms up early season soil, enabling plants to get off to a quicker start. Yet the same fabric, due to its porous nature, allows heat to escape from the container through evaporative cooling during the summer's hottest days.
Even in northern climates, root systems of container-grown plants can be damaged from too much heat. University studies have also shown a direct relationship between soil temperature and slow-release fertilizer activity. Cooler containers do not allow for premature fertilizer release.
Gardening indoors can be as fun and rewarding as gardening outside. It can also be less of a headache! When you garden inside you bring everything to your plant: light, water, and food. Using a hydroponic system is one of the best methods to do this.
When you garden using hydroponics you control everything. Your system delivers everything your plant needs so all your plants have to do is grow. When you’re indoors you’re in charge.
The hydroponic industry for a long time has done a great job in providing the hydroponic hobbyist a nice selection of good quality lighting, nutrients, additives, pH testers and balancers. But it has had a limited selection of containers. This meant that the gardener was forced to place their plant in a system that provides the best light, the best food, and an environment for optimal performance. However the container they had available for use was limited.
Not anymore. The Smart Pot is the perfect complement to any hydroponic enthusiast’s system. The Smart Pot provides an environment for the root system to allow it to do what the lights and nutrients are asking it to do. Most other containers don’t do this. The fact is the Smart Pot is the best container for gardening in a hydroponic system. Here’s why:
The Smart Pot is made of a porous fabric which allows water to flow freely while keeping medium inside – no more clogged hoses.
The Smart Pot air prunes the roots which creates more roots through branching; more roots means more root tips and more opportunity for the plant to feed.
The Smart Pot stimulates beneficial bacteria because of the aeration – beneficials need oxygen.
The Smart Pot allows the plant to use all the space inside the container for root growth, thereby letting the plant grow bigger than traditional hydroponic containers allow.
The Smart Pot doesn’t allow roots to circle, making it the ideal container for a mother plant.
The Smart Pot releases heat, keeping the plant free from stress.
Give your plants what they want: room to grow, air to breathe, and an environment to thrive. Give your plants the Smart Pot!
|Item Dimensions||12.5 x 0.5 x 12 inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||10005|
|Shipping Weight||0.22 pounds|
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By taking advantage of the benefits of traditional plastic gardening containers while eliminating the shortcomings, Smart Pots truly live up to their name! These soft growing containers allow more air to reach the growing medium and roots, improving drainage and keeping the root system from overheating on hot days. Plant roots also benefit from their natural tendency to grow into soft surfaces like the Smart Pot, becoming thick and healthy instead of circling the inside of the pot and becoming root-bound.
Top Customer Reviews
As some reviewer suggested, getting bigger pots will definitely help. I would not go anything below 5 Gal and would use 5 Gals for smaller plants and 10G or bigger for the tomato plants or any other vegetable plants that link to have deep roots.
These Smart Pots seem to be made of some kind of polyester material that are kind of fibrous that have several air pores. Surprisingly, I found a similar material used as a lining in my Honda Civic's Trunk. I am also doing some research and exploration using big fabric shopping bags as Pots vs Smart Pots for growing plants. I will come back to post my research. Otherwise these smart pots work as advertised.
For anyone who is planning out what they need, the ten gallon bag will take a full bag of garden soil as well as an additional 3/4 bag of compost to fill for planting. I have a single cherry tomato in one planter, and a bell pepper in another, but could have put them both in one.
Construction is solid and the price is right. Highly recommended.
Updating to show a mid summer picture. There are two tomato plants, same variety and the one in the foreground is planted in the ground and the mammoth one in the smart pot is in the background. So far it looks as though the Smart Pot is proving to be a brilliant idea.
I plan to put several new fruit trees in 65-gallon Smart Pots this spring----Navel orange, fig and avocado.
Right now I am growing shallots, garlic and heirloom tomatoes in them.
So far, they are performing as well as claimed by the sellers.
If I learn anything new about them, good or bad, I will subsequently report on it in this space, in coming months.
But so far, so good.
===========Supplemental report (several months later) :
As time passes, I have become convinced that the bigger smart pot you use, the easier and better will be the results.
The 2 and 3 gallon sizes seem fine for spices or smaller plants,but need more frequent watering than the bigger containers.
It's early June now, and I have a dozen Smart Pots currently in use.
Once again, with fiber pots, bigger works better.
I love the 10, 15 and 20 & 30-gallon sizes.
I am starting to prefer at least 7-gallon and larger sizes best of all for this reason.
I've got tomatoes in 10-gallon smart pots and they are thriving, as are brussel sprouts, canteloupe and broccoli in 10 and 15-gallon pots.
I am even using a 15-gallon pot for a "potpourri" area with 4 or 5 different veggies planted in it,in different sections---Much easier
to set up than a raised bed, for sure. And it works just as well from everything I've seen so far over a few months.
As for perennials, I plan on putting some big, honking Artichoke plants in a 30-gallon, and a bunch of asparagus in
at least a 20, or larger. Also some rhubarb in a 15 or so.
Darn good product, IMO.
I ended up throwing all my pots away after a few years of use and replaced them with buckets from Home Depot. While it is true they did make a difference in growth, the pots were not absorbing like they first did and the poor roots were growing into the fabric. I probably wouldn't recommend these again..