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Old 06-11-2017, 09:46 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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OK this is great! So reading this post has answered a question/concern I've had with my GM. Today I took it out of my 22 gal. pot and put in the ground for the summer and saw it was a bit root-bound. So obviously I need to up that in the winter (sorry, Ohio ain't the spot for a GM in the ground all year). I saw on Amazon some of those fabric pots and people were hit or miss. I was getting ready to post that as a question in a couple months when it became time to start thinking about indoor transplanting. The reviews on the pots had a bunch of people complaining about handles breaking though, and water absorbing out the sides of the pot (which to me seemed like that would be expected, but I don't know enough to judge).

Good to know the GM can grow safely in one of these in the cold winter months.
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I really like the fabric pots. While there's no proof, my guess is that with the air pruning that the fabric pots do which encourage new feeder roots, I assume that this will only help the banana achieve a great size with better health and possibly larger flower/bunch. Someday maybe I'll do an actual pseudo-scientific trial.

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I really like the fabric pots. While there's no proof, my guess is that with the air pruning that the fabric pots do which encourage new feeder roots, I assume that this will only help the banana achieve a great size with better health and possibly larger flower/bunch. Someday maybe I'll do an actual pseudo-scientific trial.

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Is there any problem with water absorption out of the pot? I mean on the sides? Or is there any issues with the roots poking through?
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I totally agree. I have been using all fabric pots for awhile now! I have run tests and banana pups do root faster and create better root-balls. Which is very very important. When transplanting a banana from pot->larger pot or pot->ground if you keep the root-ball together and there is no damage to it you will see 0 transplant shock!

I do not grow in pots long term , but I'm sure you would notice good effects long term! Banana roots can grow over 30 foot long! So would you rather one huge 30' circling root or 100 smaller more efficient roots!

Root pouch is an awesome one I use. Also I (my wife) make my own with high quality landscape fabric. I try to find the thick black one made of recycled water bottles! It's the best. Check out YouTube for (how to make fabric pots). Lots of videos.
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I'm glad to hear of your positive experiences with fabric pots! The latest ones I have are root pouches and I really like them. I can't wait to try a dwarf brazilian and a double mahoi in it.

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The only time I had problems with roots poking through (well trying to) was when the pots were directly touching the ground, but it wasn't a problem. Also the pots drain the water out of the pots quite readily so don't worry about that. Despite them saying it is not necessary, depending on on the pot I have made holes in the bottom just to assure myself that the water will drain.

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Tytaylor, could you name (or link to) the source of the high quality landscape fabric that you use to make your own grow bags.

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