What are EcoFelt Grow Bags made from?
Our bags are manufactured out of a custom, non-woven, BPA free polypropylene material that comes from recycled water bottles. Research discovered that fabric pots have important and unique horticultural applications.
What makes EcoFelt Grow Bag a more sustainable and eco-friendly gardening option?
Our bags use reclaimed plastic bottles that would otherwise be sent to our landfills. This not only recycled old plastic, it prevents the need for new plastic to be created, which saves petroleum and fossil fuels from being used. Every year, the gardening and landscaping industries use millions and millions of plastic pots that clog landfills and leach toxins into the soil, the rivers and the oceans. And each one is created out of petroleum or fossil fuels that further deplete the planet. And EcoFelt Grow Bags breaks this cycle and encourages more sustainable gardening practices, with a lightweight, flexible, breathable plant bag made from recycled materials.
Can I use an EcoFelt Grow bag for organics?
The inert fabric has no meaningful chemical exchange with the surrounding environment. If the medium and fertilizers you use in the bag are organic, you will be growing organically in the EcoFelt Grow Bag.
How does the fabrics stand up to sunlight?
EcoFelt Grow bags fabrics are UV Stabilised.
Whats wrong with hard-sided pots?
As roots grow they soon reach the container walls. In hard sided, plastic containers, these roots immediately start circling and continue to circle. Examine a circling root structure and you find a few large roots growing in circles with very little side branching. These roots often bind or girdled upon themselves. Circling roots can never give optimum growth.
Why is the Ecofelt Grow Bag better than hard-sided containers?
The bag aerates and plastic does not. Aeration stops root circling and releases heat, helping your plant build a better root structure. Better roots will give you a better plant.
What other advantages are there to growing in the EcoFelt Grow Bag over traditional, plastic containers?
The fabric will not crack or break from frost or when dropped. Heat release gives you better control of slow release fertilizer. A fibrous root structure has fewer problems in cold or warm weather.
Why is a root system grown in an EcoFelt Grow Bag better?
Any plant is only as good as its root structure. A fibrous root system is a more efficient one and enables the plant to maximize water and nutrient uptake in the surrounding soil. Also, a fibrous, highly developed root system establishes quicker if the plant is transplanted.
What is air pruning?
Air pruning is a natural process occurring when a root comes in contact with the air on the side of the porous EcoFelt Grow Bag wall. The root tip stops growing (pruned) and causes the remaining root to extensively branch. Once roots reach the fabric they become entangled and trapped. This signals the plant to send out new roots. Now, instead of fewer circling roots, the plant develops new lateral roots. The new fibrous roots fill the bag allowing the plant to maximize uptake of both moisture and nutrients. And when the roots grow well, the plant grows well. Upon comparison, root systems that developed in an EcoFelt Grow Bag have a much greater mass (in less soil) than those found in hard-sided plastic containers. Thus creating super dense, fibrous healthy root systems for plants.
What is the advantage of having a fabric base?
To help you grow a better plant. The EcoFelt Grow Bag is made with a heavy porous fabric bottom that gives a plant solid ground contact. This contact helps the plant maintain a ground temperature, as opposed to a plastic container temperature.
Why do plants grown in EcoFelt Grow Bag not have to be repotted as often?
Roots do not circle in the bags. Because of the large volume of fibrous roots, plants growing in our bags can stay longer and be healthier.
What potting mix should I use?
You can use most every potting mix in the EcoFelt Grow Bag. Because it aerates, heavier mixes can be used. Bear in mind the bags filled with lighter mixes that are less water retentive may need to be watered more often.
How often should I water?
Watering the EcoFelt Grow Bag is not too different than watering hard-sided containers. For all containers watering frequency depends on a number of factors including the types of plant being grown, the potting mix and the weather conditions. Please note that the porous fabric bags will absorb water and release back to the plant when needed, however this also means that water can also evaporate so you may need to water a little more. But, the bag also releases heat so it does not get hot like a plastic container, so you may water a little less depending on growing conditions.
How long can I leave my plants growing in the bag?
Try leaving some plants in the EcoFelt Grow bags for a long time. With healthy roots, you will be amazed at what your plants will do in their second or third year. In ideal conditions the pots should last up to four years, this time can be extended if they are used seasonally (or cleaned).
How do I clean or sterilise my EcoFelt Grow Bag?
After use remove the soil and let the bag dry. After a few days of being dry, the dust and small roots will easily brush off. For most people, this is good enough and you can fold your bag easily for storage. However, you can wash the bags (some with OxyClean or peroxide to sterilize, or try an eco-friendly detergent. Try the washing machine, hand wash or dip the bag in a tub. Let them air dry.
Can I place my EcoFelt Grow Bag on my patio or deck, or do I put on the ground?
Yes, you can place the bag on your patio, deck or on any other surface. However, remember that the EcoFelt Grow Bag is made of a porous fabric and, with proper use, will remain damp. If left for a long time it may discolor or stain the surface. If placed on a wooden deck for an extended time you may want to place a plastic dish or a plastic sheet under the bag.