Fabric planters are the perfect mixture of lightweight and durable. They’re more eco-friendly to make and can be reused year after year for a wide variety of different plants. Plus, they allow extra water to drain out through the fabric without washing away the soil. This prevents rotting and overheating. Many models are also machine washable, a handy feature that many gardeners find highly convenient.
Why buy fabric planters?
Though the specific type of fabric that planters are made of does vary depending on the model and brand, a few factors are consistent across the board with fabric pots and planters. They tend to be very similar to landscaping fabric—highly breathable with minuscule holes for better drainage and air circulation. Many are double-layered for extra strength with a soft, felt-like texture. Due to these factors, fabric planters are great for preventing root growth, promoting overall plant health, and growing most types of vegetables.
What should you consider when buying fabric planters?
- Size: Fabric planters can vary considerably in size. They can be small enough to fit on your windowsill or large enough to hold several hundred gallons, with plenty of sizes in between. You’ll want to make sure that you pick the right size for the plants in question, as planters that are both too big and too small can cause issues. Plants with deep roots will need large planters to ensure the roots have enough room to spread out so that the plant or plants will thrive. For a basic point of reference, a 3-gallon planter is usually the best choice for plants like flowers or strawberries, 5 to 7 gallons for plants like carrots, peas, or tomatoes, 10 to 15 gallons for plants like potatoes and blueberries, and 20 gallons for plants like pumpkins, cucumbers, and watermelons.
- Quantity: Fabric planters are sold both as individuals and in sets, so you’ll want to know ahead of time if you’re going to buy more than one. If you need multiple planters, purchasing them in pairs or packs will generally be more cost-efficient. Keep in mind, though, that fabric planters sold in packs tend to all be the same size and shape, so a bulk pack may not be the right choice if you need multiple planters in different sizes.
- Format: Fabric planters can come in multiple shapes and styles as well as different sizes. There are round, pot-like models that may or may not have handles for improved portability. There are raised planting beds and square or rectangular planters for windowsills. There are even some that have built-in dividers, which are great for growing small vegetables or herbs indoors. And since they’re made of textile, you can find fabric planters in quite a few different colors as well. Be sure to consider what shape or style will best suit your plants and their needs ahead of time.
How are fabric planters different from plastic growing pots?
While fabric planters are more expensive on average than plastic flower pots, their benefits tend to considerably outweigh the cost. As mentioned, fabric planters are much more eco-friendly since they’re biodegradable, unlike plastic. But it goes even further than that. Fabric planters provide superior root care for the plants that they hold. They’re much more breathable and permeable, which provides a steady flow of oxygen and cool air to the roots. This keeps the plants’ roots untangled, so you don’t have to trim them yourself. Fabric planters also don’t need drainage holes due to their permeability; water seeps through the fabric automatically rather than pools inside. This ensures that roots aren’t constantly sitting in water and reduces the risk of mold and rot. This makes fabric planters especially useful for the types of plants that are at high risk for overwatering and/or wet, rotting roots, like succulents.
VIVOSUN Fabric Pots with Handles
A pack of five heavy-duty fabric planters with convenient, durable handles for easy portability.
Pros: The fabric of these planters is thick, BPA-free, and eco-friendly. It won’t hold onto excess water, so you don’t have to worry about your plants becoming overwatered or their roots rotting from extraneous moisture. This will ensure that your plants are healthier and stronger overall. The planters also have a natural air-pruning feature, which prevents roots from becoming tangled or constricted within the container and ensures they have enough surface area to properly absorb water and minerals. The handles are sewn on with serging stitches to ensure they’re heavy-duty enough to support a bag full of soil and plants without ripping or falling off. This allows you to move the plants and planters with ease, all on your own. And they’re available in 10 different size capacities, between 1 to 30 gallons.
Cons: Though the price is still a pretty decent value overall for a set of five fabric planters, these are the most expensive items on the list. You get top-notch quality for your money, of course, but you will be paying more money; there are more budget-friendly models out there. And while these fabric planters will hold up for years, they may lose their shape or even shrink slightly over time.
Bottom Line: If you’re in the market for a set of fabric planters, this five-pack of floor-standing fabric planters is an excellent choice. Not only is the fabric strong and rugged, but the two handles on either side of each planter are as well, and the size variety ensures there’s an option for most garden plants.
Gardzen 10-Pack Aeration Grow Bags
A set of 10 durable, portable, and well-aerated fabric planters for one low price.
Pros: You receive a total of 10 fabric pots for a very affordable price. They are available in 8 different sizes, from 1 up to 20 gallons. (Note that all 10 planters will come in the same size; you can’t mix and match sizes in the same purchase.) The durable, non-woven fabric is soft and fluffy to the touch and is free of BPA and AZO. It’s also washable for easier reuse. Due to the fabric’s natural aeration, permeability, and drainage, your plants’ roots will be able to breathe more easily to prevent root swirling and promote overall healthier roots and plants and better growth. As a bonus, these fabric planters have thick, double-stitched, laser-cut handles, so you can move and carry them around with ease as needed.
Cons: The fabric of these planters isn’t the thickest out there. As a result, if you don’t fill these planters to the very brim, they may slightly collapse inward. And if you have plants with low-hanging leaves, they might get entangled with the handles due to how high they jut up.
Bottom Line: Many people in the market for fabric planters or pots want to buy more than one at a time. Whether you’re growing several different types of plants or flowers or need multiple planters for a large quantity of the same type of plant, these fabric planters are a worthwhile investment.
Gardzen 100 Gallon Grow Bags for Plants
If you have very large plants or plants that need extra breathing room, this pair of 100-gallon planters has you covered.
Pros: These massive 100-gallon fabric planters with handles are perfect for holding multiple bags of soil and an overall larger volume of plants; you can practically grow a whole garden in just this pair of planters. They’re not only high volume but very wide, perfect for plants with roots that need extra room to grow. Made of washable felt, the price is nice for planters of this size, too. If the 100-gallon option is too big for your needs, there are also two smaller size options available and four smaller, divided fabric bags that are perfect for growing herbs and other smaller plants.
Cons: There isn’t really a good medium-sized option; the smallest of the bag-shaped planters is 40 gallons. And as is sometimes the case with larger fabric planters, you might see some sagging if they aren’t fully filled.
Bottom Line: Certain plants have roots that grow horizontally instead of vertically, and these plants need wider planters in order to accommodate their roots. If you plan on growing these plants or root vegetables like carrots, these wide and deep fabric planters will be perfect for your garden.
Nicheo Fabric Grow Bags with Flaps
These felt fabric planters are great for keeping a close eye on your plants' roots as they grow.
Pros: These fabric planters give you the unique ability to watch your plants and their roots as they grow. The built-in windows allow you to see what’s going on underneath the dirt and soil without digging up and disturbing the entire plant. The windows also have an optional Velcro-close flap, and you can harvest root vegetables directly through the windows if you prefer. There are also 100% transparent models that allow you to see your plants’ roots from any angle instead of the single window. And they’re suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
Cons: These aren’t the largest fabric planters out there. They’re nice and deep for their size, but they’re definitely too small for bigger or multiple plants. And there are only two sizes options available.
Bottom Line: If you’ve experienced issues with your plants’ roots in the past, these fabric planters and their windows can ease your mind since you can check in on the roots. Kids will also love watching their plants grow from the bottom up or seeing root vegetables expand under the soil.
Ogrmar Vertical Pocket Wall Garden Planter
A large wall fabric planter with multiple pockets, perfect for growing plants indoors or in tight spaces.
Pros: This hanging fabric planter works the same as regular ones, allowing for better moisture-wicking, oxygen flow, and breathability to ensure healthier plant roots. It’s meant mainly for indoor use, for people who live in apartments or condos with limited space and don’t have a yard or plot to grow flowers or vegetables. It hangs right on a wall or door, can be fixed in place either permanently or temporarily, and the metal grommets ensure the hanging holes won’t get ripped by the hooks or ties. There are three different pocket quantities to choose from (18, 36, or 64). It’s strong enough to withstand the elements if you prefer to hang it from your deck or fence instead.
Cons: Obviously this isn’t a great choice for trees, root vegetables, and bigger plants or flowers. The pockets simply aren’t large enough and don’t provide enough space for roots to grow. You’ll also have to be careful about hanging plants, as they may get ensnared or tangled with one another. You’ll want to make sure there’s a container to catch dripping water underneath it and a protective waterproof layer in between it and your wall or door.
Bottom Line: This affordable and convenient fabric planter is perfect for someone who wants to grow flowers, vegetables, or herbs but doesn’t have a yard or outdoor plot they can use. Even if you have outdoor garden space, you can still use this hanging fabric planter; it will attach to a fence just as well as a wall or door.
Fabric planters make excellent containers for flowers, fruits, and vegetables alike, either as permanent homes or temporary locations before transferring them to your garden. No matter the size of your plants, there’s a large or small enough fabric planter for pretty much any plant species.