Potfree Plants have been developed on our site over the past few years to bring a new - concept in young plants. Not grown in plug trays or pots, these plants develop over the season in a continuous trough. They are held in metal frames above the ground, which helps with aeration. The system helps the plants to produce a compact and fibrous root system.
We offer two sizes, 5 and 9cm. This refers to the plant spacing rather than the root volume. With the 5cm there is a minimum growing time of 3 months but often longer. These plants are ideal for potting in 1 or 2 litre pots. The plant size is often the equivalent to a 9cm liner pot.
The 9cm size is for more vigorous subjects or where the plant needs to be grown on for a further period. This is often equivalent to a 1 litre plant. Many are grown in an outside environment, which develops a naturally bushy plant. This reduces soft growth, which helps prevent pests and diseases. Chemical applications are therefore less frequent.
One of the key factors with this method is the time saving at the potting stage. Plants are prepared ready for putting straight through the potting machine or hand potting operations. Time is not wasted depotting plants, or having to find space on the plastic waste mountain.
We transport the plants in returnable crates, trays or trolleys. Smaller quantities can be dispatched loose in boxes. We have found a substantial saving in delivery volume. Estimated as much as 60% when comparing a 9cm pot with a 5cm Potfree plant.