If you’ve been looking for a light-weight, good-looking pot for your container garden adventures, I have a solution for you. It’s called Bloembagz
But first, a disclaimer. This product was sent to me for testing by the company and I did not purchase it.
What’s To Like About This Container?
- The fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles and other recycled material.
- It is a double layered construction and the seams are very well made so it doesn’t fall apart. (I regularly took it for a walk -fully loaded and planted – around the garden just to test this out. The things I do for tests…)
- If folds flat for storage.
- It is permeable to air so that (theoretically at least – I ran no tests on this) air can reach the soil easily. I suspect this isn’t all that important in the scheme of things given it also has a soil surface where these things normally happen.
- It’s light. Very. I could easily pick a fully loaded 5 gallon pot up with one hand. I need two and a strong back for my fully loaded clay pots of the same size.
To explain how I try to do this kind of thing. This is a test of the container, not the plant (although it’s a Proven Winners Petunia that’s doing well too) So the objective isn’t to create a beautiful container garden but to test the manufacturer’s claims. In this case, I wanted to see how moveable it was (good), how it held soil moisture (good) and whether it sweated water out the sides and bottom (yes – meaning you’ll need a saucer underneath it to prevent deck staining) The white stripe on the side of the container is a handle that’s really well sown on.
- It comes in a variety of sizes – from small one-gallon to full 5-gallons that I was growing in.
- It also has a window box shape (you could build wooden boxes of the same size and use this for an insert)
- Other shapes include strawberry planters etc and potato bags (taller)
I grew some plants in both the window box and regular containers – no difference. Both were easily moved (the window box needed two hands so it didn’t bend or twist) but it could be moved if needed.
- Good pots.
- I’d use these where I wanted to a) move them or b) had a balcony garden or c) had storage issues – because they fold flat when not filled with soil.
- Particularly for those with balconies where weight is an issue.
- Well constructed. With decent care, they should last a very long time.
If I had a balcony or needed pots, these would be a serious contender.