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Biopots - courtesy Iowa State University

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Kym Pokorny writes about a five-year study of biopots for Greenhouse Management:

Sustainable practices were decades away when Jiffy Pots popped up in the U.S. nursery and greenhouse industry. It was the mid-1950s and George Ball discovered a Norwegian company that had found a way to turn peat into products.

Ball bought the rights and introduced what would become the first of the biocontainers, which was made of peat. Today, biocontainers are made out of everything from rice hulls and wheat straw to coir and cow manure.

Almost 60 years later, dozens of biopots are on the market or in the development stage, and claims about their effectiveness abound. Scientists decided it was time to investigate.

Read about the investigation at