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Flower Pot Gardening

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Hibiscus plant for tortoise food

Hibiscus plant. My tortoises love the flowers, but also like to eat the leaves.

Fabric flower pots

Many of my plastic flower pots that I use for growing tortoise food have become so brittle in the sun that they crack and fall apart when I pick them up, but I found something better to replace them. Fabric flower pots! :O)

Fabric flower pots are made of fabric or felt like materials, and they keep plants cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. They let excess water drain, allow roots to breathe, and prevent root "circling" inside the pot.

Fabric flower pots are available in many sizes, strengths, and designs from several companies. Some are biodegradable while others are non-degradable and last many years. Check the labels.

The "boxer" line of the Root Pouch fabric potsis my favorite. Root Pouch's boxer pots are made of recycled water bottles and are non-degradable. The material feels like thick felt. Boxer pots are strong, blend well in the garden in green color (other colors available), and are easy to carry with the handles (also available without).

Some of my boxer pots are shown below. I mostly use 1, 5, and 10 gallon pots, but they are available in larger sizes as well. Up to 600 gallons!

broken flower pot

Broken flowerpot. The cheaper plastic flowerpots only last a couple of season before they start falling apart from sun damage.

fabric flower pots

Newly planted green "boxer" felt flower pots in one gallon size.

fabric flower pots

Larger five gallon felt "boxer" flower pots for new hibiscus plants.

A few months later...

My tortoise food plants are thriving in these felt pots. However, the pots do get somewhat discolored looking from water and wet soil, but that's fine with me. Only makes the pots look more natural and blend into the landscape. :O)

Over time, plant roots may also grow into the ground through the pot bottom. You can prevent it my periodically rotating or lifting up the pot to chop of the new downward shoots. Or, do like me, just let the roots grow. This way the scrub will plant itself with no work required from you. :O)

Softness is another plus of these felt pots. When tortoises brush against them, no shell damage happens.

felt flower pots

I replanted many of my littlest plants into new, larger felt pots. These are Hibiscus.

felt flower pot

When removing the plants from the smaller old pots, I noticed that there indeed was no root circling at all. This one's a mulberry.

felt flower pot, roots at the bottom

Instead of root circling, which happens with regular flower pots, the roots were growing straight down. Some had even started to grow through the bottom of the felt pot.

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