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Planting bags

Planting bags

Planting bags are among the smartest innovations in gardening in recent times. They are made of flexible, UV radiation resistant plastic fibre and are the perfect replacement for traditional plant containers.

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Definition: Planting Bag

  1. A planting bag or plant bag is a plant container made from flexible material. It's an alternative to flower pots and can be used with almost any plant.
  2. Planting bag can also be a paraphrase for a substrate originating from professional plant breeding. It's more commonly refered to as Coco Slab, a slab of compressed coconut fibre in a plastic coating.
  3. Plants can be placed directly into the coco slab by piercing small holes in the foil and placing seeds or seedlings there. Often the coco slab is combined with a drainage system and used in hydroponical settings.
  4. The Grow Bag is also a planting bag and used for the growing of vegetables. Normally it's a 60 to 80 litre bag filled with high quality soil or compost and directly plantable.
    To plant this bag just place it horizontally on balcony, terrace or in the greenhouse, cut holes in the top side and insert the plants as described in the instructions on this page. The plant bag stores nutrients and water, flushing out is no problem as the fabric holds soil and nutrients. The result is a space-, water- and fertilizer-economic solution. Some retailers offer grow bags pre-equipped with substrate mixture and planting holes to start quick and easy with the growing of tomatoes, herbs, salad and many other plants.

Planting bags as a substitute for flower pots.


  1. The first step is to prepare all equipment necessary:
    • planting bag(s)
    • optionally: a bucket or pot to place the planting bag into for stabilization during preparation
    • substrate of your choise, e.g. potting soil, coconut fibre, expanded clay
    • optionally: long term fertilizer, horn meal, stones or sand for drainage
    • planting shovel
    • ewer

  2. A bucket or cachepot comes in handy during planting. The planting bag is stabilized and can be filled more easily.
  3. If you want to use your planting bagy in containers or flower boxes it's prudent to prevent stagnant moisture by putting a layer of gravel or clay in the bottom of the bags.
  4. Fill your planting bags midway to reserve enough space for your plants.
  5. Place the plant in the centre of the soil or substrate.
  6. Fill in the spaces around the plant, especially the roots. Press lightly to fill cavities but allowing air circulation. The roots should be covered completely.
  7. Now mold on your plant, preferably rainwater. A proper molding on minimizes cavities and the substrate can fill up its repositories. Take good care of your replanted plant.
  8. If you bury your planting bag in the ground its necessary to also fill in the borders to avoid cavities which can be agents of pests.

The use of planting bags as substitute for flower pots is the simplest mode of employment. The more elaborate uses, e.g. as hanging flower pouches call for more complex instructions which are also available here.