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We first met Geoplanter owner and Geopot inventor, Dennis Hunter at Grow Expo 2012 in Manchester. You can see his interview with Hydrowshow.tv below.

Since then the Hydromag team have taken delivery of a number of samples. We’ve taken the time to get familiar with them and, since we’re being honest, wore them as hats whilst doing Bill and Ben voices. They don’t work well as hats, but they do serve their purpose well.

The past couple of years have seen the industry flooded with Fabric Plant Containers (FPCs), tipped as the replacement for their stale old plastic cousins. FPCs are billed as being environmentally friendly, take up less storage space, utilise air pruning and, best of all, due to their longer lifespan they’re much better value for money in the long run. Unlike plastic pots they aren’t prone to cracking or shattering either. With all this in mind you have to wonder what’s stopping people from making the change to FPCs. God knows we could do with less plastic in our lives. So, how do Geopots stand out from their many competitors?

Pros

FPCs are generally made of high quality fabric, but Geopots in particular feel definitively substantial, with a heavy, sturdy weave. The bonded polyester thread and stitched seams, which knit the pots together, make them altogether more rigid. Because they’re made from UV protected, marine grade bonded polyester (the same fabric as ship sails) Geopots are more resilient to the harsh grow environment.
Handles come as an optional extra, which make a huge difference when manipulating your plants and transporting large numbers of plants. FPCs are generally more cumbersome to work with than plastic pots when the time comes to transplant your plants into a larger container, whilst at the same time they’re not as prone to taking damage in the process. Geopots come with the additional optional extra of a Velcro seam from the lip to the base, giving you quicker and easier access your plants’ root structures and minimising the chances of transplant shock.

Cons

In the interest of a balanced evaluation, it’s only fair that we point out the Geopot’s drawbacks. Naturally the optional extras are more expensive than some of the other FPCs on the market- but, as ever, you get what you pay for. On a minor note, there’s a noticeable discolouration of the tan coloured pots when water is added to them, so if aesthetics are important to you then go for the black option. On the plus side, the tan pots don’t heat up quite as much as the black pots.

 

This article was originally published in Issue 003 of HYDROMAG (January – February 2013).

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