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No. The Waterpot Olla is buried neck deep and filled with water. Plant OUTSIDE and AROUND the pot.
Bury the Waterpot with enough of the neck exposed so that soil and mulch do not wash into the pot. Ollas should be buried about 60cm apart.
Dig a hole that is about twice the size of the olla itself. Ollas should be completely buried below the surface except for the opening at the top and
about one inch of the neck. Ollas should never be less than half full, or water will not seep out into the soil. Water will spread away from the olla for about as far as the largest radius of the olla. For example, if the olla’s maximum diameter is 20cm, moisture will reach soil for 10cm away from the olla in every direction. When planting seeds, plant them within the reach of the water and surface water the seeds until the seedlings are established.
You can use the Waterpot Olla with any plant: vegetables and flowers, of course, but also trees and shrubs. Putting an Waterpot Olla by a new tree or shrub will help get the plant through that first year. If you feel the root system is well developed after one year, dig the Waterpot Olla up and use it somewhere else. Your local nursery would know more about normal tree and shrub root growth. Keep in mind that woody roots from trees and shrubs are very strong and over 2 or more years could wrap around the eventually crack it. Wisely use the Waterpot Olla to get these plants established, however long that takes, and then move the Waterpot Olla to use on another plant.
It can happen! If you live in a climate that has hard freezes for more than a week, you should lift the olla out of the soil in the winter and store it in a dry place. If you live where snow and dusting mean the same, or where frost frolics with ice crystals, but that’s it, then the Waterpot Olla may be one in the ground year around. No matter what you choose to do, make sure the Waterpot Olla is dry in the winter. We advise you err on the side of caution.
Yes, when seeds or young plants are put into the ground, they will need topical water until the roots are established enough to draw from the Waterpot Olla. After that, the Waterpot Olla will do all the work.
Your Waterpot Olla will last for years, with a little TLC. If leaves or light things fall into the olla, all the olla with water and as the item floats up, swish it out. If you and a lot of dirt has accidentally gotten in the Waterpot Olla (it happens), dig the Waterpot Olla up, tilt in on its side and spray the inside with your hose until the dirt washes out. You can clean your Waterpot Olla with a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water if your water is full of minerals. Pour one gallon of water AND one gallon of vinegar in your Waterpot Olla and let it sit for a few hours. Use a scrub brush for removing debris on the outside. First, remove the Waterpot Olla from the ground if using a vinegar cleaning.
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The fabric may develop a lovely patina over time, this is not the discolouring of the fabric itself but the result of of the soil, nutrients and fertilisers as well as, in some case, salt and chemicals in the water itself. This growth is normal for a breathable material. If left in a damp, shaded position mosses or lichen might develop. none of these colourings or growth affect the functioning or longevity of the bags and adds a natural organic patina to the surface. Our customers love the aged look as the bags blend well with the surrounding garden.
Depending on your potting soil mix you might see a white coating that looks a little like mildew. This is most likely salt and minerals that built up over time from the nutrients and/or water being used in the Root Pouch grow bag and growths enjoying the nutrients and damp. Lichen or algae/moss can also grow on the outside of the fabric if conditions have been damp and if there is shade cast on the bag. You can lightly scrub the sides of the bag while they are being used with vinegar scrubbed on with a soft brush, if you want to clean up the look. Most of our customers love the aged patina that sits beautifully against other pots and greenery. The growths are nothing to be concerned about.
If your bags are being emptied after the growing season the bags can be placed in laundry bags and put into the washing machine on a cold cycle with laundry soap that does not contain fabric softener. Washing the bags in this manner will over time make the fabric feel less ridged.
The grow bags are made of fabric and by virtue of this are porous. This is one of the many wonderful benefits of the Root Pouch grow bags - they provide excellent drainage which is very important to root health. As such, if the surface on which the bags will be placed needs protection from staining, exactly as you would a hard container with drainage holes, you may consider placing a planter tray under the bag, however, as with a container with drain hole, please ensure that the bag is not sitting in a constant pool of water as this will prevent the effective draining of the soil.
Yes most definitely. A game-changer in the hydroponic medicinals industry, the bags are durable and offer the same level of root health under hydroponic conditions.
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Each new order of Root Pouch grow bags includes an information sheet.
We sure have! The composition, recycle-ability and/or biodegradability of our packaging is discussed with our suppliers before we sign the deal.
Our corn starch packing peanuts and post satchels are home compostable in your compost or worm bins under the Australian Standard AS5810/ABAP 20001. Recycled shredded paper, cardboard filling and cartons are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. We are currently testing water =activated paper tape to seal our cartons.
Our bespoke tissue paper is printed with soy ink and is acid free and we are a member of the Eco Packaging Alliance and entitled to display the stamp that certifies our tissue packaging as environmentally friendly.
Please consider how you dispose of the packaging - worms will love eating it, your compost bin will enjoy the cardboard and paper carbon. It all goes back into the soil and growing great food and plants!