We sell medium to large size trees and shrubs grown in Optigrow air root pruning
pots. These innovative pots are an new design of plant pot that increases plant
growth and decreases the need for re-potting. The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew
now use similar air pruning pots for thousands of their specimens.
Air pruning pots are superior to other plant containers because The novel perforated
egg carton like construction deflects the growing root tips into holes in the side wall
and thence into the air. This stops their growth and prevents the roots from spiralling
around the sides of the pot and becoming “pot bound”. In response to this “air
pruning”, the plant sends out more lateral roots forming a healthier highly branched
root system that takes advantage of every bit of space in the pot. Plants grow faster
and require smaller pots for any given plant size, meaning less work for you and
larger healthier plants.
The innovative air pruning system means that when the plants starts to out grow the
pot, instead of the roots spiralling and the plant becoming pot bound and sick, the
roots are pruned and in response the plant sends out more lateral roots creating a
denser healthier root ball. To plant out or pot on your plant, simply remove the re-
usable fastening screws and unwrap the pot from around the plant. This leaves a
healthy undisturbed root ball and minimises disturbance to growth thereby avoiding
the usual set back associated with re-potting or planting out from standard pots.
If on the other hand, you would like a miniature tree, gradually over time the repeated
air pruning of the roots will lead to the plant becoming a bonsai whilst remaining
healthy. This results in the gradual miniaturisation of its leaves, branches and trunks,
making the pots an excellent tools to easily create your own bonsai plants.