Hairy Pots!

February 22, 2010

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Just thought I’d share the unusual new plant pots that I’m trialling. They’re from the Hairy Pot Plant Company. The pots are made from organically grown coconuts specifically the outer husk fibre (coir fibre) which is the main waste product of the coconut farms. Apparently plants grown in these pots are healthier and stronger and have a better root system. They do need to be watered in a slightly different way though. Once your plants are established or if you have purchased the pots with plants already in them (there’s many choices available on the company’s website) the whole pot can be planted straight into the ground where it will gradually rot away. There’s lots more information here.

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It will be interesting to see the difference between plants grown in these pots compared to the usual plastic ones and I will write about my experiences later in the year.

If anyone has tried these, feel free to share your experiences in the comments section below.

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1 Emma 02.22.10 at 7:06 am

I saw some of those in use in the shop at Abbotsbury Subtropical Garden – I’ll be interested to see how you get on with them.

2 Alan 08.05.10 at 8:54 am

Just discovered these a few weeks ago when trawling the net for a specific plant. Loved Harry’s eco-friendly outlook and intrigued by the hairy pot concept, so have already had two orders of perrenials in. Amazing, absolutely no transplant shock at all and they’re just carrying on as if nothing has happened. The latest experiment is the modules (tiny pots, of which I can get 32 into a standard seed tray) which I am putting biennial and perennial seeds into, and the minipots (next size up) which I shall use for cuttings and small plants not thriving in their current location. In both cases there won’t be any intermediate stage involved – just plant out the whole thing when ready.
Should work a whole lot better than peat pots, which I have tried in the past. Quite often they would prove almost as impenetrable to roots as are plastic pots – something that shouldn’t happen with coir.

3 suhaila 06.08.11 at 7:38 am

I have just visited The Eden Project on Monday where I saw these wonderfully eco-friendly looking pots. What a great idea! Having been inspired by the herb garden near the the cafe area at the eden Project I have decided to replace all the flowers in the raised beds of my garden with herbs. I bought four of the hairy potted plants (which are a little expensive) to try out. Should they prove more successful than the plastic pots, I shall seriously consider investing in some more.

4 maddles 06.08.11 at 8:15 am

Well the coir pots seem to work fine, they frayed a bit and were a bit soft on the edges but it didn’t really matter, and easy enough to transplant the whole thing out. Luckily I can now purchase them wholesale from http://www.worldwikaniko.co.uk as I’m a distributor but anyone can buy them online if you wanted a more affordable price.

suhaila – I am jealous of your Eden Project visit but it’s on my list of places to visit when I go to Cornwall later this year, can’t wait to see it! Glad to hear you’ve been inspired to plant some herbs. Don’t think that you can’t have flowers though, just because you’re planting herbs! There’s some beautiful herb flowers: bergamot, st john’s wort, apothecary’s rose, sage, evening primrose, chamomile, comfrey, I could go on, and on…….

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