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Can I plant my plant in the ground with a ROOT POUCH on it?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, this picture was a tree that was planted 3 years ago with the bag left on.

(Pictured is the Grey, 250 g/m2 bag) As you can see the roots are fantastic, they are strong, fibrous and very dense.

Depending on the fabric used and how long the plant has been in the pouch, the answer varies, the tree photographed has been grown in a Root Pouch now for three seasons and the roots are fibrous and dense.

With the exception of our boxer line, the fabric is made of a blend of natural fibers as well as PET. Root Pouch has perfected the process of mixing natural fibers into the fabric. No other company has this ability. The natural fibers are biodegradable and will start the degrading process quickly once dirt is on both sides of the fabric (buried with the tree) the bag when in the ground almost acts as a healthy membrane protecting and nourishing the roots. The PET does not break down, and thus our boxer line will not break down at all..

We created the natural fiber bags for the sole purpose of having a product that could be planted with the plants in the field, and then allowing growers to dig up.

The reason we state on our web site to remove the bag is because we distribute our product to every state and most all countries across the globe. Some countries as well as some states have restrictions on commercial horticulturist such as landscapers from planting any containers in the ground, to stay.

Our direct customer base is not the end user, or consumer, it is the commercial growers and landscapers so all our advertising is directed on a commercial platform. That is why we advertise (web site) that we recommend to remove the bag.

Again take a look at the picture and I’m sure you will agree, that is a beautiful root structure. That is what you can expect of your trees roots with a little care in 2-3 years after you plant it.

Degradability is the ability of the fabric to in part become structurally unsound and allow the roots of the plant to freely penetrate into the surrounding soil. The amount of degradability and the duration of time taken to reach different stages of this are all determined on the following.

Density of the fabric along with the contents of the fibers used in the actual fabric and the percentages used of PET verses natural fibers. This also determines the tinsel strength of the fabric itself which changes as time elapses when the fabric is exposed to soil on both sides of the fabric, which allows the degradation of the biodegradable natural fibers mixed in with the PET.

Of course the actual PET in the mixture is not biodegradable and does not biodegrade. We have many different degradability’s of fabric’s available to us.

When discussing our non-degradable fabrics. It is important to distinguish between PET not bio-degradable meaning never breaking down and “the fabric lasting forever.

Nothing last forever, saying it last forever would imply the pots could be used over and over forever always achieving the optima results they were originally intended to produce.

Not even a standard plastic pot will last in the environment more than a couple of seasons when exposed to the elements.

It does not disappear but it will lose its tinsel strenth and therefor not be as good as new nor can it be used for its original intentions for ever.

What we prefer saying is if the pot ends up in a land fill, a degradable pot will end up being a fraction of the carbon foot print of its counter part plastic pot.

A non-degradable pot is designed to not allow roots to penetrate freely for many years and not only is a far smaller carbon foot print than its plastic counterpart it itself was made from recycled plastic bottles and not new petroleum so it is a “post consumer product”

Better for the planet, better for the plant!

The actual contents of the PET verses natural fibers used or the way we are able to combine the two is a closely guarded secret of Root Pouch and is the reason we are able to offer degradability.

Root Pouch creates dense fibrous Roots, how does it compare to other pots?

Root Pouch ability to grow perfect dense fibrous root systems.

Ashley and Jim from Root Pouch stopped by a testing facility in Germany, February 5, 2016

The Chamber of Agriculture in Germany is conducting an ongoing test comparing three different types of containers( Root Pouch Fabric, Traditional Plastic and Air Pots.. The test will continue for an additional 6 months. Test results will be published fall 2016

The trees shown in the video have been growing in the containers for 12 months.

Testing is conducted by Doctor Andreas Wrede head of Horticulture.

A little about the test facility :

Horticultural Center Landwirtschafts-kammer Schleswig-Holstein

In horticulture center many organizations and institutions working together: Above all, the Chamber of Agriculture with the advisory for horticulture in business administration, cultivation techniques and plant protection. In the corresponding test operation, extensive tests are carried out mainly in nursery, known as nursery competence center. In addition, the training advice for horticulture in Ellerhoop takes place.

Are Root Pouch fabrics safe?

Root Pouch manufactures all of it’s own fabric, enabling us to determine the density, porosity and impregnability. Controlling and selecting the raw material that is used in its creation.

Each fabric is designed for a particular function. All of our fabrics are clean and safe.

Developed to meet safety and sanitary requirements to better ensure a safe product for human applications, Root Pouch fabrics are designed to support use for growing materials that come in contact with products to be consumed.

Our fabrics have undergone and passed rigorous testing by global, international testing & certification laboratory in accordance with FDA contact test 21 CFR 177.1630. [contact with food, drugs, biologics & cosmetics ].

They are BPA free and UV resistant.

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What are Root Pouches made from?

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Why Root Pouch vs other Fabric containers?

Root Pouch is the only Company that uses both recycled plastic fibers along with natural fibers, such as jute, vegetable fibers or bamboo. These natural fibers mixed into the netting of the fabric will retain moister much more evenly around the pot. While allowing the fabric to breath it is also now helping in cooling down the plant in summer as well as allowing the plant to stay warm in the winter, similar to a blanket surrounding the tender roots. Due to the natural fibers within the structure the fabric will have different tensile strengths depending on the density of the fabric. Root Pouch makes seven different densities of fabric depending on the pot strength that is required. Regardless of the density the pots are guaranteed to always hold the weight that is required for that size of container.

Why use fabric pots?

The main reason Fabric pots are so widely used is not to create a stronger pot, but to create a better pot, they provides a breathable healthy growing environment. Fabric pots, unlike traditional black plastic pots, allow water and air to flow through its structure nourishing the root of the plant. It also does not allow the plants roots to circle once they meet the resistance of the wall of the pot. Instead, through a couple of different means, the fabric causes the plant to send out new fibrous roots rather than circle and harm the plant.

What type of stitching is used for the Root Pouch containers?

The type of stitch we use is called an Industrial Lock Stitch.

Our side seam stitching is nicknamed in the clothing industry as a French
Stitch Seam. It will not unravel when pulled. The Industrial Lock Stitch gets
its name because of its industrial use in outdoor products where unraveling is
a concern for the overall wear and tear of a product. Other fabric companies
use what is called an Overlock Stitch, which is used widely in the garment
industry. The problem with this stitch is that it will easily unravel when
pulled. This stitch is commonly used in items such as clothing where its
functionality is more aesthetic than utilitarian.

Are Root Pouch containers UV Resistant?

Yes, Root Pouch fabrics are resistant to UV rays.

Are Root Pouch fabrics BPA free?

Yes. Our fabrics are BPA free and do not leach toxins, they are

made of the #1 PETE recycled plastic, that is used in drinking water bottles,
and soda bottles.

Can I wash my Root Pouch?

Yes, the Root Pouch pots are washable – we recommend washing them with an earth friendly detergent, and letting them air dry.

Do the elements, snow and ice, affect the fabric & cause it to break down?

Snow and ice have no more effect on Root Pouch fabric then they do on traditional plastic containers.

Keep in mind a plant in a fabric Root Pouch Container will fair the extreme cold far better than any other container type. Just like a human, what would help a person in sub-zero cold or wind? If they were wrapped in plastic or wrapped in fabric? Plants and plant roots are the same. Fabric allows the heat given off by plants to be contained and keep the plant warmer in the winter… and cooler in the summer.
Root Pouch fabric pots when set can-tight (pots touching each other) will exchange heat between them.
The most threatening thing, snow and ice bring is weight. Plants that are branched loaded down with the weight of ice and snow will break. This goes for plants in Fabric, Plastic and even in landscape.

Do planted Root Pouches need to be treated differently over winter?

Root Pouch winter prep and care are basically the same as any container. All pots should be placed can-tight (each pot touching the other) in a protected area, hoop house or cold shed is great for overall winter protection to consolidate space in an enclosure. Plants should be set in a pyramid. Bottom row each pot touching each other, next row on top between plants or trunks. Exactly as a can yard grower would winter protect if they were protecting plants in plastic containers.


If houses are not available and plants are to stay in can yard. Then again treat same as you would if the pots were in plastic.
Put all plants can tight, you can stack on level to help conserve heat to roots. The danger here (same as any plastic pot) is wind. The pots on the outside parameter exposed to the wind will add the threat to roots freezing. To prevent this some growers will line bales of hay around the outside parameter of pots, this not only shelters the outside pots from the wind but conserves heat. If hay is not available anything that blocks direct wind is beneficial such as thin rolls of Styrofoam rolled around the outside parameter or last resort sheet of plastic. It is important to remember that plants need oxygen.

Can I plant my plant in the ground with a ROOT POUCH on it?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, this picture was a tree that was planted 3 years ago with the bag left on.

(Pictured is the Grey, 250 g/m2 bag) As you can see the roots are fantastic, they are strong, fibrous and very dense.

Depending on the fabric used and how long the plant has been in the pouch, the answer varies, the tree photographed has been grown in a Root Pouch now for three seasons and the roots are fibrous and dense.

With the exception of our boxer line, the fabric is made of a blend of natural fibers as well as PET. Root Pouch has perfected the process of mixing natural fibers into the fabric. No other company has this ability. The natural fibers are biodegradable and will start the degrading process quickly once dirt is on both sides of the fabric (buried with the tree) the bag when in the ground almost acts as a healthy membrane protecting and nourishing the roots. The PET does not break down, and thus our boxer line will not break down at all..

We created the natural fiber bags for the sole purpose of having a product that could be planted with the plants in the field, and then allowing growers to dig up.

The reason we state on our web site to remove the bag is because we distribute our product to every state and most all countries across the globe. Some countries as well as some states have restrictions on commercial horticulturist such as landscapers from planting any containers in the ground, to stay.

Our direct customer base is not the end user, or consumer, it is the commercial growers and landscapers so all our advertising is directed on a commercial platform. That is why we advertise (web site) that we recommend to remove the bag.

Again take a look at the picture and I’m sure you will agree, that is a beautiful root structure. That is what you can expect of your trees roots with a little care in 2-3 years after you plant it.

Are Root Pouch fabrics safe?

Root Pouch manufactures all of it’s own fabric, enabling us to determine the density, porosity and impregnability. Controlling and selecting the raw material that is used in its creation.

Each fabric is designed for a particular function. All of our fabrics are clean and safe.

Developed to meet safety and sanitary requirements to better ensure a safe product for human applications, Root Pouch fabrics are designed to support use for growing materials that come in contact with products to be consumed.

Our fabrics have undergone and passed rigorous testing by global, international testing & certification laboratory in accordance with FDA contact test 21 CFR 177.1630. [contact with food, drugs, biologics & cosmetics ].

They are BPA free and UV resistant.

image

Why use fabric pots?

The main reason Fabric pots are so widely used is not to create a stronger pot, but to create a better pot, they provides a breathable healthy growing environment. Fabric pots, unlike traditional black plastic pots, allow water and air to flow through its structure nourishing the root of the plant. It also does not allow the plants roots to circle once they meet the resistance of the wall of the pot. Instead, through a couple of different means, the fabric causes the plant to send out new fibrous roots rather than circle and harm the plant.

Are Root Pouch containers UV Resistant?

Yes, Root Pouch fabrics are resistant to UV rays.

Are Root Pouch fabrics BPA free?

Yes. Our fabrics are BPA free and do not leach toxins, they are

made of the #1 PETE recycled plastic, that is used in drinking water bottles,
and soda bottles.

Do planted Root Pouches need to be treated differently over winter?

Root Pouch winter prep and care are basically the same as any container. All pots should be placed can-tight (each pot touching the other) in a protected area, hoop house or cold shed is great for overall winter protection to consolidate space in an enclosure. Plants should be set in a pyramid. Bottom row each pot touching each other, next row on top between plants or trunks. Exactly as a can yard grower would winter protect if they were protecting plants in plastic containers.


If houses are not available and plants are to stay in can yard. Then again treat same as you would if the pots were in plastic.
Put all plants can tight, you can stack on level to help conserve heat to roots. The danger here (same as any plastic pot) is wind. The pots on the outside parameter exposed to the wind will add the threat to roots freezing. To prevent this some growers will line bales of hay around the outside parameter of pots, this not only shelters the outside pots from the wind but conserves heat. If hay is not available anything that blocks direct wind is beneficial such as thin rolls of Styrofoam rolled around the outside parameter or last resort sheet of plastic. It is important to remember that plants need oxygen.

Degradability is the ability of the fabric to in part become structurally unsound and allow the roots of the plant to freely penetrate into the surrounding soil. The amount of degradability and the duration of time taken to reach different stages of this are all determined on the following.

Density of the fabric along with the contents of the fibers used in the actual fabric and the percentages used of PET verses natural fibers. This also determines the tinsel strength of the fabric itself which changes as time elapses when the fabric is exposed to soil on both sides of the fabric, which allows the degradation of the biodegradable natural fibers mixed in with the PET.

Of course the actual PET in the mixture is not biodegradable and does not biodegrade. We have many different degradability’s of fabric’s available to us.

When discussing our non-degradable fabrics. It is important to distinguish between PET not bio-degradable meaning never breaking down and “the fabric lasting forever.

Nothing last forever, saying it last forever would imply the pots could be used over and over forever always achieving the optima results they were originally intended to produce.

Not even a standard plastic pot will last in the environment more than a couple of seasons when exposed to the elements.

It does not disappear but it will lose its tinsel strenth and therefor not be as good as new nor can it be used for its original intentions for ever.

What we prefer saying is if the pot ends up in a land fill, a degradable pot will end up being a fraction of the carbon foot print of its counter part plastic pot.

A non-degradable pot is designed to not allow roots to penetrate freely for many years and not only is a far smaller carbon foot print than its plastic counterpart it itself was made from recycled plastic bottles and not new petroleum so it is a “post consumer product”

Better for the planet, better for the plant!

The actual contents of the PET verses natural fibers used or the way we are able to combine the two is a closely guarded secret of Root Pouch and is the reason we are able to offer degradability.

Degradability is the ability of the fabric to in part become structurally unsound and allow the roots of the plant to freely penetrate into the surrounding soil. The amount of degradability and the duration of time taken to reach different stages of this are all determined on the following.

Density of the fabric along with the contents of the fibers used in the actual fabric and the percentages used of PET verses natural fibers. This also determines the tinsel strength of the fabric itself which changes as time elapses when the fabric is exposed to soil on both sides of the fabric, which allows the degradation of the biodegradable natural fibers mixed in with the PET.

Of course the actual PET in the mixture is not biodegradable and does not biodegrade. We have many different degradability’s of fabric’s available to us.

When discussing our non-degradable fabrics. It is important to distinguish between PET not bio-degradable meaning never breaking down and “the fabric lasting forever.

Nothing last forever, saying it last forever would imply the pots could be used over and over forever always achieving the optima results they were originally intended to produce.

Not even a standard plastic pot will last in the environment more than a couple of seasons when exposed to the elements.

It does not disappear but it will lose its tinsel strenth and therefor not be as good as new nor can it be used for its original intentions for ever.

What we prefer saying is if the pot ends up in a land fill, a degradable pot will end up being a fraction of the carbon foot print of its counter part plastic pot.

A non-degradable pot is designed to not allow roots to penetrate freely for many years and not only is a far smaller carbon foot print than its plastic counterpart it itself was made from recycled plastic bottles and not new petroleum so it is a “post consumer product”

Better for the planet, better for the plant!

The actual contents of the PET verses natural fibers used or the way we are able to combine the two is a closely guarded secret of Root Pouch and is the reason we are able to offer degradability.

Are Root Pouch fabrics safe?

Root Pouch manufactures all of it’s own fabric, enabling us to determine the density, porosity and impregnability. Controlling and selecting the raw material that is used in its creation.

Each fabric is designed for a particular function. All of our fabrics are clean and safe.

Developed to meet safety and sanitary requirements to better ensure a safe product for human applications, Root Pouch fabrics are designed to support use for growing materials that come in contact with products to be consumed.

Our fabrics have undergone and passed rigorous testing by global, international testing & certification laboratory in accordance with FDA contact test 21 CFR 177.1630. [contact with food, drugs, biologics & cosmetics ].

They are BPA free and UV resistant.

image

What type of stitching is used for the Root Pouch containers?

The type of stitch we use is called an Industrial Lock Stitch.

Our side seam stitching is nicknamed in the clothing industry as a French
Stitch Seam. It will not unravel when pulled. The Industrial Lock Stitch gets
its name because of its industrial use in outdoor products where unraveling is
a concern for the overall wear and tear of a product. Other fabric companies
use what is called an Overlock Stitch, which is used widely in the garment
industry. The problem with this stitch is that it will easily unravel when
pulled. This stitch is commonly used in items such as clothing where its
functionality is more aesthetic than utilitarian.

Are Root Pouch containers UV Resistant?

Yes, Root Pouch fabrics are resistant to UV rays.

Are Root Pouch fabrics BPA free?

Yes. Our fabrics are BPA free and do not leach toxins, they are

made of the #1 PETE recycled plastic, that is used in drinking water bottles,
and soda bottles.

Can I wash my Root Pouch?

Yes, the Root Pouch pots are washable – we recommend washing them with an earth friendly detergent, and letting them air dry.

Do the elements, snow and ice, affect the fabric & cause it to break down?

Snow and ice have no more effect on Root Pouch fabric then they do on traditional plastic containers.

Keep in mind a plant in a fabric Root Pouch Container will fair the extreme cold far better than any other container type. Just like a human, what would help a person in sub-zero cold or wind? If they were wrapped in plastic or wrapped in fabric? Plants and plant roots are the same. Fabric allows the heat given off by plants to be contained and keep the plant warmer in the winter… and cooler in the summer.
Root Pouch fabric pots when set can-tight (pots touching each other) will exchange heat between them.
The most threatening thing, snow and ice bring is weight. Plants that are branched loaded down with the weight of ice and snow will break. This goes for plants in Fabric, Plastic and even in landscape.

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