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"I developed a way to use milk crates to install rooftop gardens around the city, using their Smart Pot fabric as liners, and it works great!"
-Zach Pickens, Rooftop Ready, NYC
"Smart Pots are convenient, long-lasting, lightweight. You can put them anywhere and grow things very quickly. You can even use them for over-wintering plants in your garage or growing things in cold frames."
-C.L. Fornari, The Garden Lady radio and blog personality, MA
"We use everything from the Smart Pots line – the Big Bag Beds, the Wall Flower Planter – everything. We love them all!"
-Francis Denault & Marie Eisenmann, Co-founders, Les Urbainculteurs, Quebec City
"I first heard of Smart Pots at a gardening event about 5 years ago, and have been using them as my container of choice ever since. Probably some of the best results, and probably the best looking strawberry patch I've ever had, was grown in the Big Bag Bed."
- Emily Walter, A Girl And A Garden Radio & Blog, Southern CA
“My blueberry plants grew two and a half feet the first year. It’s a quality product that makes my farming possible. 'Cause I couldn't do what I do without the Smart Pot.”
-Brent Jacobs, Owasso Christmas tree and berry farm, Owasso OK
"I can personally attest that some of my [Smart] pots are 12 years old and still very usable, and mine are left outdoors year round completely covered during the winter with lots of snow and ice."
- Marty Gottlieb, Horticulturist & Marketing Consultant, Warwick, NY
"My Smart Pots are three years old and look like they are showing little wear – they’re certainly very high quality and durable, I like that."
- Betty Cahill, Garden Coach and Writer, Denver, CO
Smart Pots is the original fabric aeration container. It is designed to enhance your
gardening experience by helping you grow healthier, more fruitful plants. Less weeding, without the digging or other struggles that come with traditional gardening.
Smart Pots utilize a patented fabric design to produce a healthier plant. Before Smart Pots became a household name, professional tree growers were using it for over 25 years and found their trees grew better in our fabric containers.
Almost all plants grow better in our Smart Pot fabric containers. That’s because Smart Pots support healthy root growth. And strong roots means a stronger plant.
Compared to plastic containers, Smart Pots stay cooler on hot days because it allows air to flow through the sides of the fabric. Roots can’t grow and are stressed when plastic containers get hot.
Smart Pots also root-prunes. What is root pruning? When a root tip reaches the side of our fabric container, it stops in place, and initiates lateral, or side branching. As this process repeats, the entire area of the container is filled with fibrous root growth, allowing more surface area for mineral and water absorption. A recent study at Texas A&M University showed double the root mass compared to a traditional plastic container. In a plastic container, roots circle around the side and rarely initiate fibrous growth.
The biggest headache of gardening is digging up and placing the garden, and turning your compressed, backyard clay soil into something that will grow a plant. And it has to drain well. With the Smart Pot, you can be set up in a performance garden in minutes.
The healthier root structure that develops allows the plant to grow faster than it would in the ground. And a stronger plant is more resistant to insects, illness, weather fluctuation and is easier to care for overall.
For most urban residents, growing in a container is the only viable solution. Container gardening means plants can be strategically placed on patios, walkways, steps, or balconies. They can be moved to avoid a hailstorm, or even travel with you in a trailer.
Smart Pots are BPA-free. So you can be 100% organic without worrying about dangerous chemicals leeching into your soil. The same can’t be said for other fabric containers and raised beds built with Rail Road ties or other treated lumber.
Those chemicals get into your soil and will be absorbed by the roots of plants. This is an issue because non-treated wood will rot, whereas treated wood can contain hundreds of chemicals. With Smart Pots, our focus is on growing edibles – don’t grow your edibles in treated wood such as rail road ties.
The Smart Pot design has been perfected through 30 years of real-life usage. What you’re getting is optimal fabric thickness and texture. For maximum airflow and product longevity.
We manufacture in the USA so we maintain strict quality standards. Take the challenge: hold a Smart Pot in one hand, and any competitor in the other hand. Notice the difference in the fabric. You’ll know which product will breakdown just by feeling it.
The short answer: anything with roots...
You can grow almost anything in a Smart Pot! But a great many of our customers grow
edibles - vegetables and fruits. The options are virtually limitless.
To learn more about home grown & container grown performance gardening with
Smart Pots, click one of the cards below.
A great place to start is "What Size Smart Pot Should I Use?"
When your plant hits the side of the Smart Pot, it stops. The root then initiates lateral root branching as fibrous feeder roots begin to grow from the main root. As the process repeats, the plant develops a full, fibrous root structure that fills the entire container area.
Alternatively, when the root reaches the side of a hard plastic container it continues growing longer and starts circling the container - with little to no pruning. As the root circles, moisture and nutrients traveling in the root have further and further to go to feed the top of the plant. Plant growth inevitably slows.
In case after case, plants actually grow faster in a Smart Pot than in other traditional containers. With more finger roots, the entire system is able to absorb and take in more moisture and nutrients. And the plant becomes fuller, with more branching, buds, and fruit.
The Smart Pot, filled with a good soil mix, is very often a better place to grow than an in the ground garden. Many backyard soils are not ideal for gardening, being too compressed and containing too much clay. And nutrient content in backyard soils can be difficult, taking years to prepare it for ideal growth. With the Smart Pot, you can have ideal nutrients and ideal drainage immediately.
Plastic containers get very hot in the summer when exposed to direct sunlight all day. The temperature inside the pot can easily exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit on the hot side of the pot. This causes root damage, stunts growth and stresses the plant.
The Smart Pot aerates the soil. That means there is airflow through the container walls and your potting mix. This results in cooler temperatures that don’t damage your roots.
Smart Pots patented fabric is durable enough to withstand the elements, and porous enough to release excess water. So porous in fact, they’ve become the pot of choice for many hydroponics gardeners. But “Smart” enough to distribute moisture evenly.
In Smart Pots moisture moves by capillarity - going from wetter areas to drier areas throughout the pot. So you don’t get the “crispy tops, soggy bottoms” experienced in standard pots, or all the other drainage issues that come with in-ground gardens.
Even water distribution and excellent drainage means no more root rot from overwatering - just lots and lots of healthy roots and plants.
Browse the line up and click on a product for more information.
Wherever you go, just ask for “The Original Fabric Container.” Or look for our Big Bag Bed line of fabric raised beds. Smart Pots are available at your local Grow store, Hydro shop, Organic Garden store and Garden Centers.
They're all a great resource of knowledge when it comes to container gardening in a Smart Pot. Tell them what you’re planning to grow so they can share their valuable tips and recommendations...
from what soil to use... to how many plants to grow per pot... and so much more.
“It’s a quality product that makes my farming possible. And it makes farming fun. You can grow things without picking in the dirt. When you plant it in the ground you're fighting weeds, you're fighting grass, you're fighting all these things and when you plant it in a smart pot and you don't have those problems.” [Read More]
-Brent Jacobs, Owasso Christmas tree and berry farm, Owasso OK