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How To Use Fabric Grow Bags

Fabric grow bags are simply bags that allow you to grow your plants comfortably; they are usually made from breathable materials and comes with a drainage system that ensures your plants are not soggy or begin to rot after a while. The best part about grow bags is how adaptable they are and how you can easily move them to different locations. Despite the convenience, many people are clueless about using fabric grow bags, and that is what we’re here for.

By the time we’re done in this article, you will learn

  1. How to use fabric grow bags
  2. Watering plants in fabric grow bags

Now that you’re aware of what to expect, let’s begin.

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How to Use Fabric Grow Bags

You’ve decided the length of grow bag you want and the size ideal for your plant; you’ve bought the grow bag, and now you’re wondering how to get started with using it. We’re here for you; here’s how to use a fabric grow bag:

  1. First, you will need to line the end of the bag with clay pebbles to assist with drainage; make sure the bag’s end is completely covered with the pebbles.
  2. Add soil to the bag next; you could choose to make your own mix or use compost-like gardening soil. The soil needs to fill the bag up past halfway.
  3. Next, if your bag doesn’t have any shape, you will need to shake it up with the soil in it to loosen it up a bit so that the soil can spread out evenly.
  4. Pierce holes at the bottom of the bags if there are no drainage holes there; this ensures that the bag lets out excess water to prevent waterlogging.
  5. Make your choice of plants you intend to use. With grow bags, you should go for a plant with shallow roots so that the roots don’t get stunted. Plants like tomatoes, cucumber, French beans, flowers, peppers, etc., are ideal.
  6. Place the bag where it will get enough warmth and sunlight for your plants to get all the nutrients it needs and grow healthily.
  7. Make room for the plant by scooping out some of the soil. Make sure the space created can sufficiently fit the entire plant’s root.
  8. Fit in the root ball into the space created, and then make sure that the root ball is entirely covered with the soil by using the soil you scooped out.
  9. Ensure you properly water the bag; grow bags require frequent watering, so check the plant as frequently as possible.

Water Plants in Your Fabric Grow Bags

Watering your fabric pots can be done manually or automatically by anybody. You need to make sure there’s enough water so your plant doesn’t dry out, and you don’t end up overwatering your plants. It’s clear that grow bags dry out faster than other planting mediums because of their breathability and drainage system.

To water plants in a grow bag, you can use the drip watering system that ensures that your plant gets enough moisture at all times; a soaker hose is an ideal option for a drip irrigation system. Another option would be the self-watering system; this is achieved by placing a container filled up with water under the grow bag to pick up the water when required.

You can make your own grow bags. Learn more.

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