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Best prices for grow bags and smart pots
I recently started using Root Pouches and like them a lot better than plastic pots. Am looking for large bags for trees and bushes and maybe even some veggies. Grow bags are cheaper than building new beds and easy to move.
June 24, 2015
1:35 am
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Christine
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I'm looking for some larger bags (45 gal or larger) for trees, shrubs and some veggies. 
 
Last year I bought 2 gal and 7 gal grow bags (Root Pouch) at http://www.greenhousemegastore.....lifespan/s and I was happy with them, but have nothing to compare to.  The 7 gallon bags are $33 for 10 bags and 45 gallon bags with handles are $110 for 10, but they're out of stock.
 
AM Leonard has 7 gallon bags without handles, 10 for $22 -- don't know how they compare to the Root Pouches I bought.
 
Unfortunately, their largest bags are 25 gallon, 10 for $70. And currently you get $10 off your first order if you sign up for their emails.
 
At Greener Hydroponics they have 45 gallon bags (no handles) for $9.30, but UPS shipping for 10 is $22.27. http://www.greenerhydroponics......23.html.  They also have 100 gallon grow bags for $16.
 

I TRIED to order at Greener Hydroponics (good prices on labels -- update -- they're SHORTER than the labels at McConkeys I used to order -- and velcro), but their shopping cart has some serious problems and I'm waiting to hear back from them.

Update:  They won't ship to an address different from a credit card billing address when ordering online because they had so many orders with stolen credit cards.  However, they processed the order over the phone and I already received the shipment, rather fast.  Unfortunately, they sent me a charcoal filter instead of my white labels, so I have to deal with that now.

Will update with some pics of the bags once it cools off a little

July 17, 2015
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I ordered from A.M. Leonard:

The shopping cart:

I knew that the 1 and 2 gallon bags would not be heavy duty, but I didn't expect that they I could actually tear the fabric.  It feels a lot like paper and I'll be thrilled if they last over a year.  Right now I need LOTS of bags, have so many rooted cuttings to pot up. And, we'll probably sell some of those plants in fall, so we wouldn't be able to reuse the bags.

The bags I got from Greenhouse Megastore will definitely last a lot longer.

Also got 45 gallon bags at http://www.greenerhydroponics......77623.html and once I catch up in the gardens I'll post some pics.  We filled 6 bags with 50% native dirt and Amend and I planted a bunch of my old seedlings and some seeds.  Those large bags are a great alternative to raised beds and I truly appreciated being able to sit down when I planted.

If you're local (Kingman, Las Vegas) and you're interested in adding to future orders, please let me know.  

The more we order, the cheaper it gets.

And of course please let me know if you have a good (wholesale?) source for grow bags.  I'd like to try some 100 gallon bags to see how they do as "raised beds." 

January 17, 2016
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Was just looking at the root pouches again as it'll be time to order more this spring.   While the AM Leonard 1 gallon pouches are really skimpy, the price is definitely right!

Root Pouch, 1 Gallon, 15-20 Months, Bundle of 50:

http://www.amleo.com/root-pouc.....0/p/RP115/

1 – 2 @ $ 17.99
3 @ $ 15.79
 
The price went down a little and since I'm not in a rush, I'll wait for a sale or good discount or free shipping.  They'll probably be a little over 30 cents each.
 

They're perfect for plants that will be:

  • Transplanted into the ground or into a larger pot within a year or so (they only last so long)
  • Sold

I'm not sure whether I'll plant these pouches into the ground.  Might do a trial to see how the roots grow through the pouch.  Even better, maybe someone else already did that?

I might just cut the pouch off to make sure the root ball is looking good. 

DISADVANTAGES of ALL root pouches / smart pots:

  • Recently we just picked up a bunch of used bags that got blown around by winter storms and that's probably the biggest disadvantage.   Regular pots go into our fenced "holding pen" outside, but fabric pots have to be stored INSIDE out of the weather and away from rodents.
  • It can be difficult to get plants out of the bags, they don't slide out as from rigid plastic pots.  It definitely takes a little more time to transplant.
  • It's much harder to MOVE the pots.  You can pick up a bunch of rigid pots fast, but bags are best picked up with TWO hands.  It makes a big difference when you have many pots to move.

For us, the advantages (no over watering, not root bound) outweigh the disadvantages. And it's nice that they're made from RECYCLED plastic.  I'm not a big fan of using plastic, but at least it's recycled.  I heard that a company in Europe makes felt pots (no plastics used at all), but I think they're rather pricey.

And I really like the larger 45 gallon bags for instant "raised beds."   Took a lot of pictures last summer and will try to post a couple soon.

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