I just noticed this today. The roots are growing right through the fabric bags. I have never used fabric bags before. Can I just leave the bag on and transplant to 5 gallon pots or should I remove them.
D oh know what the material is? How much larger is the pot you are transplanting to? I would be worried the fabric is to tight to allow good root transfer. You might damage roots pulling the bag off but you would be better off doing that then having the roots bind up in in the bag if it is tight weave non-degradable material.
Just strip the bag off and live and let live… plant will be fine… trust me… shedding roots won’t kill them , contrary to belief…
I have went root cutting crazy before… just like the leafs… no more then 1/3 plant material… roots as well…
They are one gallon fabric pots. I looked back at the description and they are made of non woven fabric - felt. They say they help the roots from circling and the transplant rate is high.
They are porous enough that I think I will just cut off the handles and leave them on
I dont keep mine in 1 gallon pots for long. It’s always been 3 weeks but it seems pointless to use because of recovery time after transplant. But then again, small plant in a big pot seems a waste also.
That is bizarre. I’ve been using fabric pots for years and I’ve never had that happen. I’m not really sure what’s best to do, leave them on, or cut them off. I think I’d just plant them with the pots on.
I believe what we are seeing is a difference in quality. The pots in the first photo in this thread look practically like speaker cloth. Mine look like very heavy felt. Perhaps people should post whether they have seen this issue or not and the brand of their fabric pots. If you don’t know the brand, you could post the vendor you purchased them from. Like this:
Vendor: Growers House