Growing your own vegetables or plants in grow bags is ideal alternative for those people who lack the space for a traditional garden, or for those that would simply like to grow a few plants on their patio or deck. Almost any vegetable you can grow in the garden can be grown in a grow bag, and vegetables like tomatoes and peppers do extremely well, as long as the bags are big enough.
Grow bags are made from a “non-woven fabric” – which is usually felt – the quality of which is determined by the grade of felt, with higher grades being thicker and stronger. Felt grow bags are also a better longer term alternative to plastic nursery grow bags, and even most plant pots and containers, as the felt provides the plants with greater air circulation to their root structure.
This effectively helps to “air prune” the roots. Air pruning is where the tips of the roots are burned off due to their exposure to the air (being absorbed by the felt), resulting in more new lateral roots growing. As the plant grows, this means more new plant roots forming for increased uptake of minerals and water.
In contrast, plants grown in containers and plastic bags will eventually become root bound, where their roots will keep growing longer around the confines of the pot or bag, rather than encouraging the plant to produces more roots. These root bound plants will eventually need to be transplanted into bigger pots (or the garden) as they grow, in order to keep them healthy (and potentially having to loosen and trim their root structures when doing so).
The automatic air pruning achieved when using felt grow bags on the other hand creates a better, more healthier root structure, which will result in healthier and happier plants that produce more flowers and fruit. If the grow bag is big enough, the plant should also be happy enough to remain in the grow bag and not require transplantation.
Here are some of the best selling & highest rated felt grow bags that you might like to consider based on past customer experience. Keep in mind that all of these come in various sizes, from small 1 gallon up to large 100 gallon grow bags, so you can select the size most appropriate for the plants you plan to grow…
247Garden Aeration Fabric Pots are made from 260g non-woven felt fabric and are one of the most popular felt grow bags available on Amazon with a 4.6 out of 5 star rating. These grow bags include handles with reinforced stitching so you can move your plants around as needed. They are robust enough to last quite a few growing seasons if you take care of them.
These 7 gallon capacity grow bags are sold in a pack of 5 and there are various colors available including black, white, tan and gray. You can also purchase these in sizes ranging from 1 gallon all the way up to 100 gallon. These are an excellent standard grow bag for the price, although if you’re looking for something even more robust for a slightly higher price, you might also want to check out the other options listed below too. As previous customers have said…
“Ok so I do a lot gardening. The grow bags work. This will be my second season using various sizes. A little background. I am an urban gardener living in the Mid West. My yard is a large concrete patio about 40×20. The bags come in enough sizes to grow virtually every vegetable.”
“So far I love my pots. I am not allowed to have an actual garden where I live so I bought two sets of the pots and my plants are doing well. I have tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, basil, squash, and zucchini. The plants are growing well, and I really like the fact that since I am trying to sell my house, if I end up moving I can take my little garden with me!”
“I’ve used a variety of “smart” pots and these take the cake. The fabric doesn’t leave you itchy and they all come with handles. They are sturdy too!”
Winner Outfitters Fabric Grow Bags are made from a slightly stronger 300g non-woven felt fabric and are strong enough to stand on their own when filling with soil. These grow bags also have handles with reinforced stitching to make moving your plants around the garden easier.
The felt bags also have double stitching for reinforcement and have been stitched in a fashion so that they hold their circular shape slightly better. Whilst slightly more expensive, these do come as a pack of 6 individual 7 gallon grow bags. As previous customers have said…
“These smart pots are extremely durable and breathable, allowing the sides to “weep” with water. Excellent design when coupled with proper soils…”
“These fabric bags are wonderful. I use them for everything. Now growing herbs in the house with grow lights. They do seep water so I use a black plastic pan under them. That’s a good thing that they drain. This brand is very strong and sturdy. The handles are on very tightly.”
VIVOSUN Premium Series Plant Grow Bags are made from premium 300g non-woven felt and have reinforced handles for easy movement. They also have more reinforced stitching overall, making for a great felt grow bag that will hold its shape well.
These come in a pack of 5 – 7 gallon grow bags (with different size options available), and are slightly more expensive but of a much better overall quality. They also come with a 3 year warranty which is nice. As previous customers have said…
“I wanted to try fabric grow pots. I didn’t want to spend any more money than I had to spend, but I wanted a bag that is durable and easy to move at the right price. I bought the Smart Pots. I bought the GroSun Pots. I pot these Vivosun Pots. These are not only the best value, but they are the best product…”
“If you want to grow any kind of vegetable or plant this is the perfect pot to grow it in. These pots allow the roots to breathe to get oxygenated they are fantastic and my plants are flourishing!!”
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