June 25, 2018

How to Prune Potted Plants for Healthy Growth

Whether you’ve got a small balcony garden or a huge field of crops to manage, we don’t doubt that the idea of bigger plants, healthier plants and a higher yield is super appealing. Everyone wants their garden to flourish, right? So, we’ll let you into a little secret… the key to improving your garden’s growth lies in the pruning, especially when pruning potted plants.

Problem areas for potted plants

One of the main reasons we designed our line of spring pots was to help gardeners cultivate healthier, bigger, stronger plants. You see, plants that grow in normal plastic plant pots have a lot to contend with. Sometimes they suffer from being overwatered, because the water has nowhere to drain away. More often than not, their roots get all tangled up inside the pot and the plant is effectively strangled into submission. Not good.

Roots in plastic pots go round and round and round and round. They have nowhere to go and so their only option is to keep getting longer and more stressed as time goes by. But by transferring your plants to a few fabric pots, like the ones we make at Spring Pot, tangled roots will become a thing of the past. So, how does it work?

Pruning potted plants… by air

Well… Fabric pots allow air to come into contact with the roots of a plant through both the sides and the bottom of the fabric. As the roots meet with the air, they undergo a natural pruning process, called air pruning, that keeps them in check. This air pruning process stops the roots from growing longer and longer and longer, and from tangling up inside the pot, and forces each root end to branch out into new smaller roots that bury their way deep into the soil.

Why is air pruning so good for potted plants?

Aside from keeping the roots from strangling the plant, air pruning forces the roots to travel deep into the soil, to cover all areas of the pot and to soak up as many nutrients and as much water from the soil as possible. It makes the plants so much more effective at feeding and, therefore, growing, that it results in bigger, healthier plants and gives gardeners what they’re hoping for… a higher yield. Cool, right?

And if you’re wondering which type of plants you can grow in a spring pot, then the answer is almost all of them. Lemon trees? Yep! Lavender? Yep! Tomatoes? Oh yes! We’ve got spring pots that range from just two and all the way up to 400 gallons, making them useful to people with large gardens to maintain or small balconies to decorate. All growing, no pains!

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