The Problem with Fabric Grow Bags, Pots and Containers
Grow bags and fabric pots aerate the soil. Aeration prevents root binding and root circling, conditions that are potentially damaging to plants grown in hard sided containers such as plastic nursery pots. Plant roots in fiber pots and bags air prune and multiply. Fabric pots allow water to evaporate quickly which lowers the temperature of the soil profile protecting roots from overheating when growing outdoors in extreme weather. Extra watering may be necessary when using fiber grow bags because of the evaporation feature. Using fiber pots can help prevent over watering and root rot because extra water washes out the bottom; however this feature also increases the demand for water and can be very messy when growing indoors. Grow bags wash out feature increases fertilizers and nutrients usage which raises the cost of plant production. Plants grown outdoors in fabric pots can be exposed to soil borne pathogens when they grow through the bottom of the pot into the soil. Soil borne diseases can be costly to treat and can damage harvests. Fiber pots can aerate plants better than any hard sided container however they use more resources, require more inputs and are labor intensive.
Octopot Grow Systems are sustainable shallow water culture systems that will change the way you grow! Octopot’s revolutionary hybrid design combines the best of both hydroponic and soil growing methods. Octopots are simple to use yet deliver maximum efficiency and high productivity expected by expert growers. Octopots supply reliable and consistent moisture, food and oxygen to plants resulting in accelerated plant growth and abundant yields with less effort, less maintenance, less risk of plant loss and fewer resources.
One plant in an Octopot Grow System develops two root zones, one in soil and one in water. The dual root zone design gives growers the freedom to use synthetic fertilizers or traditional organic methods. Plants in Octopots develop roots first in the soil profile then naturally establish as much root mass in the Hydro Reservoir as that specific plant variety requires for optimum moisture, so plants are never over or under watered. An individual Octopot Grow System consistently waters and feeds plants up to 10+ days depending on the size and stage of the plant so growers can take a break without relying on others to care for their plants. Professional growers can reduce labor costs by connecting Octopots to an external reservoir or water source with a fertilizer injector (See Octopot 8-Way System).
Octopot’s hybrid design oxygenates plant roots without any added equipment or power. Growers save money, and plants are protected from dying due to power outages or equipment failures. Octopot Grow Systems oxygenate plants effectively, eliminating conditions that cause root rot and stagnant water. Octopot’s Gro Sleeve® promotes air circulation throughout the soil profile which increases a plant’s nutrient uptake, stimulates root pruning, prevents root circling, reduces heat and promotes vigorous root growth. Octopot’s dual root zone design dramatically lowers the risk of plant loss from grower error such as accidental over fertilization or dehydration making them a good choice for inexperienced growers, and lazy gardeners.
Octopot’s hybrid design conserves resources and saves growers money. Octopots require one half or less amounts of growing media than other containers that produce similar sized plants because of Octopot’s secondary root zone that grows in water. Using Octopots outdoors protects plant roots from exposure to soil borne pathogens, unlike fabric grow bags or nursery pots that allow roots to grow into the ground, eliminating the need for costly chemical treatments. Octopots waste no water, an important feature for growers in states with water restrictions. Octopots waste no fertilizer or nutrients from wash out or run off, cutting fertilizer usage by one half or more. Octopot’s no waste feature protects the environment by preventing fertilizers and nutrient solutions from leaching into the water table, especially important for the increasing number of states where intensive climate controlled agriculture is a vital part of the economy.
Fabric Pots and Grow Bags Compared to Octopot Grow Systems