in 2007 we introduced the idea of higher value, eco orientated sales with
our hairy coir pots. Handmade from ethically sourced natural waste materials,
they produce a superior root system and reduce the use and disposal problems
of plastic pots. The coir fibres used in the pot construction are a waste
product of the coconut industry and they are bonded together using latex
from the local rubber trees in Sri Lanka. Each pot is individually hand
crafted and dried in the sun to our specifications by a hardworking band
of folk in great need of the cash generated by their sale.
The open nature of the pot wall naturally air prunes the roots as they
reach the pot edge encouraging fantastic root development and eliminating
root curl. Once planted into moist ground the roots grow easily through
the pot wall which gradually breaks down. Alternatively the pot can be
easily peeled away revealing a great root system and then the pot can
Not only do they do good, they look great too, especially in combination
with our reusable wooden display trays and new bespoke skewer labels.
The pots themselves, being individually hand-made and relatively bulky
to transport are significantly more expensive than the plastic equivalent,
but the product is so distinctive and appealing that it demands a higher
This presentation lifts plant sales to a new level giving an extra feel
good factor into an already pleasurable purchase.