Abraham Palma wrote:Hi, Purity, may i ask, do you bury your pots?
No. When I first started all that was available were Air Pots and Root Trainer Air pots. I had a lot of trouble with them. With all the holes, they were drying out so fast I could hardly keep up with watering. Then I found the Oxy pots on Amazon. I don't know what it is, I can't see a real difference in how they are made but they don't dry out more than a normal pot and even if they are dry and you start watering them, the water doesn't run out the holes first. Really happy with them. The two brands I was originally using, I had to wrap shade cloth around the outsides, then they worked fine. With the Oxy's didn't have to do that.
What I do is I put each pot in one of those tubs you see at Home Depot - the ones with the yellow lids. I elevate them on the thin red bricks, then I keep the bottom filled with water up to the bricks. It serves two purposes: humidity and it keeps the ants off the trees. We have a LOT of ants here in the desert....it was the only way I found that keeps them off the trees. I feed my Great Pyrenees one of those little jars of baby food pork for her morning meal. I've started using them for weighting down the branches I am espaliering. I was tying the branches to the holes on the tubs but the ants just walk up the string. So this works really nice. You can use a empty jar (hole drilled thru the lid so you can insert a wire/string) and then as they are trained you can gradually add water to the jars or add more jars. I use the 7 gallon pot for normal trees/veggies and the 12 gallon for standard trees I have pruned into bushes.
If you buy your perlite/coir/vermiculite in bulk and using the coir brick as a measurement - one brick coir, verm and perlite, you can fill 3 of the 7 gallon Oxy pots. If you buried an Air Pot it would defeat the purpose of using one. The holes are there so that as the root contacts the hole it recoils from the air and instead of continuing to grow and encircling the pot, it puts out a new root instead. That is why you can keep fruit trees and such indefinitely in these pots. They will create thousands of tiny little hair roots which allows them to use the moisture and fertilizer more efficiently than a plant in the ground. You can see that by looking at roots of trees you are putting in the ground - the roots are really thick so not as efficient.