At PrimeHort we’re committed to supporting growers in their quest to be more eco-friendly.
Industry peers agree that a shift away from plastic pots is the right solution, but it will always require something cost-effective with the ability to promote healthier plants. One of our initiatives is to own the zone for biodegradable pots.
Our team has extensively researched the best-performing biodegradable pots and is delighted to secure Fertilpots to our range. Unlike paper pots full of binders & glue and not ideal for root development, Fertilpots are made from wood fibre and are 100% organic for the successful propagation of seedlings.
Being “ready to plant” is better for the environment, along with no plastic bags to clean up on planting sites. Aside from their environmental merits, Fertilpots are also chosen by growers because of their faster cultivation and less transplant shock when being potted up.
- Are they good for plants?
Yes! Research has shown that plants grow faster due to the superior root system of growing in a permeable environment. This unique composition allows water and air to permeate the pot, promoting faster growth.
When seedlings are propagated in a Fertilpot the roots penetrate the pot walls. The contact with air causes the seedling to develop a new root, creating a fibrous root system – giving the seedling many more root tips to take in water and nutrients, supporting growth.
- How long do they take to decompose?
While holding their form and strength during the growth cycle, look how fast they degrade after planting in the ground (see image below) and when they transform into humus, soil fertility improves!
Time of planting: Pot 100%
1.5 months: Pot 35% (65% biodegraded)
4-5 months: 100% biodegraded.
- Are they cost-effective?
Yes! Nurseries find they use less water than with plastic pots, and the root development is stronger, providing a better-established plant. The reduction in pot sizes required also means less labour in repotting, reduced potting mix and less nursery space. Recycling costs are removed too.
- How long does a Fertilpot hold its strength?
They have been designed to hold their strength during the growth cycle, but degrade quickly after planting into the next container or in the ground. In greenhouse conditions, smaller Fertilpots will hold their strength for 4-5 months and larger pots up to 12-15 months (in outdoor nursery conditions).
- Can they be used with nursery automation?
Yes, nurseries are using our Fertilpot Trays, which are perfectly designed to hold the Fertilpots for maximum airflow and better root formation. Having air space between the tray wall and the Fertil pot promotes air pruning.
We have beefed up our stock levels of Fertilpots with a full shipping container that arrived in September – that’s about 1 million organic pots in four different sizes heading from France to Kaiwaka to support our valued customers!