Commercial growers are set to benefit from a new co-extruded pot that is being developed by polythene plant pot specialist, Hadopots.
The Malvern-based firm is developing a new product for the industry in the form of a co-extruded “polypot” that will be black on the inside and white on the outside. Will Hale, director of Hadopots – whose soft polypots are made out of recycled polythene and offer an alternative to traditional “rigid” pots – said: “All of our pots are currently black on both the outside and the inside but we are introducing a pot that’s black inside and white outside. The white exterior will mainly be for reflecting sunlight so that the roots of the plants do not get burned. It will ensure that the plants can be in there for longer.”
He added that the pots are in pipeline after his distributors started to ask him if they were something he could offer the market. Hale said: “There’s been a lot of interest in it already. Hopefully they will be available in the next few months.” The new products are largely being developed for blueberry growers, whose plants sit in the polypots for a several years.
Hale said: “Polythene pots are increasingly popular with fruit growers because they are a third, or even a quarter, of the price of alternatives. They are also flat-packed so storage is quite easy.”
The new co-extruded range will be available in the firm’s four largest sizes, starting from ten litres upwards.