Thursday, May 29, 2008

Blasted Fiber Grow Pots: I Hate Them

Here is a gardening mistake I wish I never made. I replaced my strips of biodegradable peat pots with biodegradable fiber pots, presumably made of coconut coir (though they don't say on the label). These are made by the company "Planters' Pride" with an address in Brampton, Ontario. Hopefully the Americans have not been similarly aggravated by this product.

The packages are labelled with things like "Reduced Mould Growth" and "Environmentally Friendly" and the website address for "www.saveourpeatbogs.com". What they didn't mention was that you need the jaws of life to separate these little plants cells from each other.

I suppose you wouldn't have to separate them if you intended to plant the 10 cells as a single unit, with your plants in a silly bunch. Rather, I believe the idea was to separate the cells and then plant the fiber pots containing the plants. While the old peat pots did get a bit mouldy sometimes, at least you could easily separate them easily with your fingers. I dulled a pair of scissors trying to gnaw through these stupid fiber pots. Besides, some bedding plants might not have enough strength to put roots through these excessively sturdy pots. After a while, I just ripped the poor plants out of these fiber pots and put them in plastic pots. So there!

7 comments:

Carol said...

Yes, I bought some, too. Yes, I hated them for the exact reasons you noted, and I also ended up digging the little plants out of the strips so I could plant them. Luckily, I just did one flat with these, but NEVER AGAIN. Back to good ol' peat pots for me.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

easygardener said...

Perhaps you could use them to build a garden shed :-)

Tracy said...

Oh, no. Maybe you can find the individual round pots next year. I used them for my tomatoes last year and this year, and they worked perfectly. Being from a state (Minnesota) that is losing its peat bogs (and incredible native habitat) at an astounding rate, I would personally rather use something non-peat whenever possible.

Sharon said...

I bought some of these coir pots... but got the round ones. They are working amazingly- better than the peat ones that I bought and will never again do so. I love that these pots are a renewable resource and one with a particularly low carbon footprint.

Gardenista said...

Yeah, I've considered getting the round ones, as they are more durable than the peat ones. It's the ones that you have to separate that are infuriating.

Kochsgarden.com said...

The little cells are tough to cut. I hade some left over from last year so I used my ban saw and cut them into strips.(would not buy again) But I do love the larger pots 10x better than peat/paper. The fiber pellets are wonderful too.

Dev said...

Oh man, I'm so glad you made this post. I thought I was going crazy but now see that others have the same issue with the strip product. #Fail.