Containers known as fabric plant pots or fabric garden pots have been available for quite some time now. Personally, I never had much interest in them, as I simply love ceramic pots – I have stacks in my garage – and I really enjoy the patina they develop after a few years.
But there are problems with ceramic pots – namely, the room needed to store them and if left outdoors over winter, they may weaken, crack or break. The storage issue is of particular concern to those who live in urban areas where space is at a premium.
Large ceramic pots can also be difficult to move, especially if they’ve taken on a lot of water after a rainstorm. Fabric pots on the other hand, are easy to store – they fold down and require little room – and won’t crack or break in a freeze. They’re also much lighter to move when filled with water, especially if they have handles, as the Jardisac pots do.
I was asked to review the fabric pots from Jardisac, and I must say, I’m impressed. According to the Jardisac website:
- Jardisac fabric pots are permeable, which lets the soil breathe and allows water to drain.
- The fabric is UV-resistant and can withstand temperatures from -30°C to +70°C (that’s -22°F to 150°F).
- The plant pot can be used inside or outside and they may spend the winter outside.
- The outside of the pots are made from UV-resistant, 100% polyester, permeable canvas.
- The inside of the pots are made from UV-resistant 100% polypropylene, non-woven geotextile (geotextiles are permeable fabrics intended to be used with soils, in this case, to help the soil drain properly and allow air to permeate).
Jardisac also claims that because their pots are permeable, allowing air into the pots from the sides (unlike ceramic), the swirling root growth common to ceramic pots is replaced with a more natural root growth like that found in soil plantings.
Results: I transplanted a French Marigold from another container into the Jardisac and one month later the plant is thriving. I had initially thought that the fabric pot would dry out much faster than my ceramic pots, but I found that to not be the case at all. Not only did the Jardisac pot hold water just as well as a ceramic pot, but the soil did not move away from the sides of the pot on hot days, as it does with ceramic pots. This meant the soil and the roots were cooler, which is far healthier for the plant. And boy, is it simple to pick up and move.
I recommend buying the Jardisac pots if you want or need containers that are easy to move and require little room to store – just be sure to use a saucer under the pot if using it indoors or on top of a table outdoors. Jardisac has a wide variety of options, colors and sizes.
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