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Air pruning pots provide much more access to aeration than normal round or square pots. The roots grow into this aerated medium where they get dried out and ‘air pruned’, a process that causes more root hairs to grow along the root which has been pruned. This builds a strong, fibrous root mass that utilises much more of the substrate.

At The most basic level, you can hand water your chosen root pruner but they also work well with dripper systems or Ebb and Flood. You can even use any substrate you want and the air pruning will work it’s magic.

Super roots Air Pots

Air pots are perforated plastic pots with a series of dimples around the entire container, much like an egg box. These dimples encourage the roots towards the holes in the plastic where they are air pruned. Air pots are shipped flat-pack and can easily be constructed for use or packed away when not needed. Air pots are robust and strong and will last for many cycles. We recommend cleaning your airpots between cycles to ensure no problems are passed to the next crop.

Fabric Air pruner pots

Fabric pots made out of recycled plastic bottles so their manufacture is not negative for the environment. The larger sizes of root pouches we stock come with carry handles so they’re easy to move around your grow environment. Another great thing about root pouches is when transplanting you can put the entire root pouch into a larger pot. This will reduce the amount of transplant shock the plants receive so they’ll bounce back a lot faster.

If you’ve got more questions about the Air Pruning Pots we stock or if you’re unsure if they’re right for your system, email us or call our specialist team on 0800 085 7995 who can advise you further on the applications of Air Pruning Pots

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What is Air Pruning?

Proptek have developed a wide range of air pruning containers and trays that are revolutionizing the propagation industry. But what is air pruning and how can it help you and your plans?

Plants did not evolve to grow in containers and as a consequence of this, roots produced in most containers are very poor. This leads to many problems later in life and is often terminal. There have been a number of techniques developed over the years to improve roots, but none come close to the quality of roots from a Proptek container. The plants grown in our containers have as good a root (if not better!) than in their “natural” way of growing.

The Benefits of Air Root Pruning

Proptek containers use a technique called “Air Pruning” to achieve these fantastic results. The benefits of air pruning are:

  • No chemicals, no toxicity
  • Cheap and affordable – the technique is built into the pot
  • Incredible results
  • Practical: can cover many formats and is easily adapted to any nursery’s needs.

How Air Root Pruning Works

An air pruning container works by having slots or holes in its walls along with a system of ribs or other devices to force the root to grow out of the slot or hole. When the root grows out of the slot into relatively dry air its tip is desiccated or “killed”. Once this first root is air pruned it loses its dominance and many secondary roots develop to replace it. These are then in turn air pruned and again they are replaced by even more roots. Air pruning therefore trains a root system with a very large quantity of young vigorous roots.

The simplest form of this is to simply make roots grow out of the drainage hole in the base of the cell. However, most of our containers have vertical side slots per cell which all air prune the roots up the side of the cell as well as on its base.

This is good as it creates a lot of secondary roots right up the side of the rootball. Great roots right up the rootball mean that after transplanting there are a much larger number of roots that quickly grow outwards giving the plant a great head start.

The Benefits of a Better Rootball

The net result is that the plant will establish more quickly with a higher % survival rate and more uniform growth plant to plant. It is also expected that plants will develop a mature root system earlier and also top growth has been reported to be 20% to 25% greater than for plants in a traditional pot. The reason for this is that if a better root system is developed with a large quantity of younger more vigorous roots which can feed / drink more and support more top growth.

Another benefit of air pruning is improved aeration and drainage via the holes in the container wall. If, for example, you over-irrigate, the excess water drains out so the plant is not sat wet and unhappy as long. The good aeration of our specialist air pruning pots provides a healthy microclimate to ensure plants are as healthy and as strong as possible.

We believe this is the best root system that is available today and is a result of the cell design. There is however one additional thing you must do to get the benefits of ‘air root pruning’. You must raise the tray off the ground so that dryer air can circulate around the outside of the cell to “kill” the emerging root tips.

Other Methods of Root Pruning

There are, however, other methods of pruning roots seen in the industry – all of which are inferior to air root pruning for a variety of reasons:

Air pruning is the chemical & labor free way to excellent, non-circling roots. Discover how air root pruning works and how it can benefit your nursery.