Best Fabric Pot?

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    greencropper

    greencropper Well-Known Member

    interested to hear what the best brand for quality fabric pots others have found in US, have been trialing 3 different brands available here in Australia and have found a large difference in the growth characteristics of each type, i see most brands such as Smart Pot, TH CHOICE & Geo Pot etc are available for international order through ebay
     
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    GreenHighlander

    GreenHighlander Well-Known Member

    I have been using ones called root pouch for the past several years now. I highly recommend them.
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    Cheers :)
     
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    socaljoe

    socaljoe Well-Known Member

    I picked up the TH Choice fabric pots on eBay. I like that they come in tan, as I grow outdoor under the intense southern California sun. Also, I got a 10 pack of 30 gallon pots for like $60, so I was pretty happy about that. No feedback as to how well they work, as this is my first time using them, but they are pretty stout and no drainage issues. I think they'll do just fine.
     
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    greencropper

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    the 3 ive tried in order from best to not so good are -
    Greenroots fabric pot
    Rhizo Pot fabric pot
    Vivosun fabric pot
    plants used in test were same stable strain grown from seed with exact same nutes & media,
    the Greenroots plants are approx 50% better than the Vivosun as far as bud density goes, its certainly a case that not all fabrics are equal when it comes to plant health, was somewhat shocked to see such a large variation in growth with these pots so the type/s of fabric & manufacture method do play a role in the performance of the plant, the Rhizo pots are good but Greenroots takes the cake so far, just ordered some Geopots from California so will see how they compare against the Greenroots Pots, TH Choice, Root Pouch(if i can buy them here) and Smart Pots in a few mths
     
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    GroErr

    GroErr Well-Known Member

    I've tried a few and best overall for performance and life have been the Root Pouch. I re-use them by washing them and have some of the root pouch that are 4 years old, still going strong.
     
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    Roger A. Shrubber

    Roger A. Shrubber Well-Known Member

    i've got real "smart pots" i've had for 3 or 4 years, i like them. they've stood up to use pretty good, and they make a nice rootball, not much free medium when i pull it out after harvest
     
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    greencropper

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    greencropper

    greencropper Well-Known Member

    below is an example of different plant/bud structure between growing in one fabric pot type to another, plants pictured are a very stable & uniform type where the only variation is usually color, they are of same age, the top pic is grown in the favored Greenroots brand, the 2nd pic is the Vivosun/RhizoPot brands, the RhizoPot is probably somewhere between the Vivosun & Greenroots in terms of characteristics of plant growth, note the leaf to calyx ratio of the top & next pics, also the bud density(as much as 50% more) on the top pic compared to the bottom pic, there is a massive difference in growth of plants between fabric pots types, there will also be an objective growth test of the AirPots(hard plastic aerated pots) alongside the fabric pots test this upcoming outdoor season to be started in august 2018
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    Sithlord88

    Sithlord88 Well-Known Member

    Casolly. Smart pot kinda of square fabric pot. The green tabs on the sides hold bamboo sticks!!
    I really like em, good drainage without draining too much too fast. Plus i think they look slick lol
     

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    mr. childs

    mr. childs Well-Known Member

    you think there will be a significant difference in root structure that will be beneficial vs a round pot ?
     
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    Sithlord88

    Sithlord88 Well-Known Member

    Ive heard there is but not sure if its true. And as long as you dont overfill these too much they stay square. Otherwise they get a little rounded. My 15 gal pot have roots coming out in every dirrection! Amazing root growth..
     
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    greencropper

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    here is the range that will be used in this pot shootout, except the Vivosun pot which proved to grow particularly high leaf to calyx ratio with smallish buds in last seasons grow.
    from left to right, Greenroots, Rhizopot, Smartpot, Vivosun, Geopot, Rootpouch & the Airpot aka in Australia as Rocketpot.
    the Greenroots, Vivosun & Rhizopot being commonly available in Australia, though having to order in the others makes to cost prohibitive with shipping costs, so the US viewers may find this comparison fitting, but for the Ozzies the main types will be the Greenroots & Rhizopot.
    in approx 1 mth the test will begin
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    socaljoe

    socaljoe Well-Known Member

    Now that I'm through most of the season, I can report back that I'm pretty happy with the THChoice fabric pots. Ran 15 gallon tan pots with coco and perlite at a ratio of 80/20. Used Megacrop the whole run, very happy with that as well.
     
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    greencropper

    greencropper Well-Known Member

    sounds good, thats one brand i missed out on, ive noticed with this array of pots there is a wide range on different materials used, im thinking some will perform better than others after seeing the b-grade results from the Vivosun fabric pots compared to the Greenroots & Rhizo Pot brands, plants grew tall but with smaller leafier buds with Vivosun, from a stable strain with hardly any difference in pheno
     
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    socaljoe

    socaljoe Well-Known Member

    Initially, I was a bit sceptical about a fabric pot influencing the way a plant grows and the resulting buds. But thinking about it, it kind of makes sense that what goes on in the root zone could have an effect on the end product, and the pot definitely has an influence on what happens in the root zone.
     
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    greencropper

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    the difference im finding seems to be a lot, hard to say to an exact % but we shall see, ive dropped town to 20% perlite/80% coco with this grow as well, in the hope of a little less watering during the hot days!
     
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    socaljoe

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    That was my hope too...I still ended up watering to runoff every day, and a few plants wanted more than that.
     
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    Huckster79

    Huckster79 Well-Known Member

    No brand... weed block fabric like u put under mulch lining a milk crate, or cheap laundry tub.. two layers if cheap weedblock... either way its crazy cheap and uppotting a sinch... just pull liner out, plant comes with to no stress on it, peal liner off root ball repot w zero transplant stress...all for pennies on dollar of even generic brand cloth pots...
     
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    Philip-O

    Philip-O Well-Known Member

    Did you end up trying the TH Choice pots? The price on ebay for the large pots is not bad at all, so I´m interested. Would like to get some large grow bags without breaking the bank. Airpots have worked great for me, but are expensive and the large ones are more than I can spend right now.
     
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    greencropper

    greencropper Well-Known Member

    i will probably get those THChoice pots to add to this comparison test now, i realize that in a mad rush to test the new pollen chucks i omitted the stable strain(GDP x C99) needed to test those fabric pots, so the next wave being planted out in january 2019 will be when those pots are to be tested, and make sure ive planted the GDP chuck!
     
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