Growing Plants in Containers

The species which cannot be planted out with naked roots are sown or transplanted in some kind of plant containers which ensures minimum disturbance to the roots. Some of the commonly used containers are explained below:

Polythene bags:

Polythene bags of various sizes made of transparent white or black sheet of polythene are used widely in forest nurseries. It is very cheap and light. If the right kind is chosen it can have a desirable balance between durability and biodegradability. It is most impermeable to water, air and plant roots, but holes can be made in it as required. Usually, polythene bags of gauge 150, 200 or 250 are used in forest nurseries.

Earthen pots

They are made locally, with bottom or without it. When they are without bottom, they are put in the field with the plant. Otherwise they have to be broken open before planting to take out the plant with the soil as such. These pots are relatively costly and their weight increases the cost of transport also.


Baskets made of bamboo strips or Tamarix dioica are also used as plant containers. They are cheap and can be buried with the soil.

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