Yea, it's me Gojo
....but I'm not at home and I forgot my LONG password so I made a temp account to post here temporally calling myself "gojo-redux" for the next few days....can you tell i'm addicted to CW???
I got the complete down-low from the manufacturer about why they work and why they are SOOO superior to all other containers for gardening. It's a long explanation so I will wait until I get home on Friday before I explain it all to ya'.
The main reason these pots are so good is they contain air pockets via the contours of the container, like an egg shell carton (where regular containers are flat sided). SO when a root hits an air space it it calluses off and then tells the 'mother' root system to produce more roots from the calloused point on the previous root. This egg shell shape means constant and exponential NEW root growth every time a root hits an air pocket and becomes calloused.
These pots claim to produce 30% greater root growth rates
(I'd like to see trials) vs. any other type of container...this is called "air pruning" of the roots hairs.
ALso, the more soil in the container the greater the air ratio (due to the pots) and hence greater root growth...I specifically asked about diff growing mediums and he said peat is EXCELLENT as it compacts a bit which works in symbiosis with the air pot designs and theory. I told him my mix was going to be pine bark fines (1/8-1/2"), peat, Turface MVP and e.castings...he got really excited and said a 60-75% peat mix would be outstanding and the 1/8-1/2" fines will help the air pockets a good deal.
Another bonus is these are made from RECYCLED milk jugs (HDPE) and you can reuse these pots for AT LEAST 5 YEARS!!! talk about environmentally friendly...one orchard grower uses them for 7 years!
So a 15 gallon air pot costs a little under .90 cents and a case of (20) 15 gallon conatiners costs only $200.00!!! And if they can be reused over and over it's way cheap in the long run.
ON the topic of root zone temp I asked about covering the outside of the pots to prevent root zone heat. I usually layer the outside of my above-ground pots with an inch or two of native soil which I then seed...this acts as insulation for the root zone and helps retain moisture. But he said I didn't need to do this with the air pots because of there design the main root ball sits in the center of the container and only smaller roots are near the edges. He said this insulated the main root zone because they are not near the outer surface of the container.
(but I'm still going to layer a pot or two with soil and seed....just to see is there's a difference between insulating the air pots and not insulating the air pots...I'm gonna use a soil thermometer to do the readings.
Heck, he said he's seen 20-30' fruit trees being grown in 3 gallon air pots and they looked excellent!
Originally Posted by cray"
thanks for the link
looks like a nice product, I also like the looks of their other product the superoots fielder ->
Sorry mate those are no longer available in North America. You can try to find them in France or Germany but they don't work half as well as the air pots so theve been discontinued.
OK, I have to go now but I've got a TON of more info on these AMAZING pots I will DEFINITELY be using this summer...I can't wait to use these...I'm super, duper stoked after talking to this guy! THe greatest part is the rep for my state live 15 minutes from me and I'm going to visit him next week to see these things in action first hand...I'll take some pics and let you'll know how it goes!!!
Thanks IG!!!! GREAT FIND
I'll be doing more research on these in the coming weeks...the guy I talked to was cool and even invited me for a beer while we talk about air pots