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Yoko starts with ...
Has anyone tried to plant a fruit tree in a fabric pot and bury it in the ground / mulch heap? I hear it would give a good effect on the tree: grows small, flower and fruit earlier, and you can treat it as in ground planted tree for watering purpose. Is it true?
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Julie says...
Yoko, type in 'bonsai bags' in the forum search box and you will get a lot of information.

I think the roots would grow through most fabrics in no time - what fabric were you thinking of using?
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denise1 says...
There are different kinds of fabric pots. Basically they give a better root system. I dont know of fabric pots designed to be planted with the tree. What brand and product description do you have. Is it biodegadable. I think they would normally be reusable, offsetting the initial extra cost.
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Julie says...
I've never heard of fabric pots, I kind of assumed Yoko was going to make her own!

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Markmelb says...
Im having a go in this Air root pruning fabric pot from geopot.com --- I got mine from gardenworld hydroponic shop Melbourne -- planted an Avo I grafted Jan 2015 as a test to see if will keep its size down - no intention to bury in ground.
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denise1 says...
I had not heard of fabric pots either. You can see Geopot on Youtube, Also google -fabric pots for plants. The plant roots are less inclined to spiral around inside the pot. As for roots wanting to go through the bottom of the pot, it is advisable for potted plants to be elevated above the ground any way, especially fussy or vulnerable plants. I have all my plants sitting on plastic pallets that are ready available from various importers. It helps with drainage and keeps roots from going outside the base of the planter bag. Also it helps to avoid plant diseases. The pallets cost from free to about ten dollars each. Some pallets have big gaps so give them a miss.
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Julie says...
I'm in hot,dry WA, so the advantage to burying in the ground would be to keep the plant roots cooler. Even so, my citrus etc in Bonsai bags are above ground, as I thought I would be moving house. They are doing OK.

The Geopot sounds like another version of the Bonsai bag. The originals were plastic, but are now a kind of shadecloth. I had a blueberry in a BB inside a large pot. Tree roots had invaded the pot, but didn't get into the BB, so they seem to be doing what they are intended to do.

I'm going to have a look at fabric pots, as I need to repot my Rangpur lime, which has a couple of fruit and a few flowers. Grown from seed, about 4-5 years ago.

Edit: I just looked at the Geopot site, and they aren't very big. Mark, yours looks larger than the advertised pots. What size is it, and how much did you pay for it?
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Markmelb says...
Julie - mines a 45 gallon ($33.50 approx) and they do have 2 sizes bigger i think - they are low same as mine with bigger diameters - try wrapping light color shade cloth to stop sun on black plastic pots or white wash them?
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Yoko says...
Hi, everyone. Thank you very much for your comments. What I meant by fabric pot is:

Durable Fabric Air & Water Permeable Reusable Smart Plant Pot

http://www.hydroexperts.com.au/hydroponic-systems-parts/pots-buckets/

I suppose it is the sort like Geopot. I got it and it is made with very thick felt material. Has anyone tried this?
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Markmelb says...
Yoko - looks same as my 45 gallon geopot (which looks like thick felt material) but alot smaller
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Gabby Salts says...
In my opinion the reason the bags work above ground is that the roots die when exposed to air hence "air pruning" in the description. If the bag is buried then it will no longer "air prune" and you will sever a stack of roots when you dig it up to move house.

If you were not intending to dig it up to move house here is a pic of a funny little plaque at a national trust garden in the uk somewhere.... ahhh Gibside I believe.... yep seems likely from this result from my google search http://gibside.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/unearthing-past-in-gibsides-walled.html
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Gabby Salts says...
Actually now that I look the apples were planted there in 4/6/2013 and I visited 8/9/2015, they have grown very fast!! http://gibside.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/apple-tree-tuesday.html

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