Why we love being hairy

August 3, 2011
Author: admin

We’ve been growing more and more of our plants in these great hairy pots over the last few years, and we love them, which is why we've just added them to our online shop.

The pots are ethically made in Sri Lanka using the main waste product from coconut farms (coir fibre) and organic latex sourced from local rubber trees.

As well as this being a very eco-friendly and sustainable process to make a plant pot, the hairy growing environment helps to grow really healthy, strong plants. You plant the pot directly into the ground where the pot simply rots away leaving nothing to throw away. And because you’re not taking the plant out of the pot, you’re less likely damage its root system when you plant it.

We believe using these pots can be a great way to not only positively use a waste product but also to go some way in reducing the number of plastic plant pots that end up in landfill.

Now you can buy these hairy lovelies online at the Eden Project shop. They’ll be delivered in a set of six planted with a selection of kitchen herbs and packaged in a specially designed box.

Gardening, Horticulture, How to, Potting shed, Recycling and waste, Shop
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4 responses to Why we love being hairy

  1. Ajali says:

    Not so eco-friendly when you take into account the air-miles these 'hairy lovelies' have amassed in their travels. Sure, they're not made from oil-based products, but they've travelled using them. How much carbon does a flight to Britain from Sri Lanka release? More than is saved by not using the plastic pots I'll warrant. Is it right that your plant pots have more air-miles than most of the people you know, combined? Nice idea, but you need to source the materials closer to home I'm afraid. And make sure you're not importing any fungal infections from the plants there, which may rampage through our country.

  2. Eden Project says:

    Hi Ajali, Thanks for your comment. The pots are by-products of the coconut industry, and are not flown in but shipped by boat in volume with a low-carbon footprint.

  3. Hua Du says:

    I amk thinking to buy a peach tree to grow in my garden. Is it good time(season) now or better wait till the spring?

    Looking for your advice.
    Thank ytou

  4. Hannah says:

    Typically the autumn is the best time to plant trees, however the last few winters in the UK have been very hard and the peach may suffer in these conditions. There are a number of factors that would affect your desicion. Are you planning to plant the tree in a glasshouse/ lean to/ protected space? If so the autumn would be the best time. The way the tree was initially grown may also affect the desicion - if is a few years old and has been grown outside by a tree nursery it should be robust and able to survive the winter, however if it is a small plant and has been grown fast and soft (typically a smaller cheaper tree, often available by mail order) it is likely to suffer in the winter.

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