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Frequently Asked Questions:

We know that technology can be complicated, so we’ll do our best to answer all your questions and help you understand how this revolutionary innovation can help you grow beautiful, healthy plants…even if you’ve tried and failed before!

How is Naked Root different from other self-watering planters?

Most self-watering planters use a large reservoir of water below the plant that's absorbed from the bottom-up, slowly over time. Water is translocated to the soil by either a cotton rope or a narrow column of soil. If there is always water in your planter, your soil can stay wet and without oxygen (anaerobic) for weeks, risking root rot.

So Naked Root acts more like a fabric grow bag, suspending the soil in the air. Ventilation slits allow water to penetrate to all roots (not just the bottom ones) so water is absorbed more quickly. Once water is absorbed, oxygen rushes in to facilitate a water-oxygen exchange, replicating the process that happens in nature.

Under normal circumstances, a planter with ventilation and roots exposed to oxygen will dry out quickly. With Naked Root, we've experimented with dozens of combinations of soil and water volume to acheive the ideal ratio. The final result is a planter that quickly wicks the water to the plant's roots to create a breathing effect, like in nature, while providing enough water (1.25 quarts) to sustain most plants for at least 2 weeks.

Most indoor houseplants will need to be watered about every 2 weeks with the Naked Root planter. You simply fill up the reservoir and let the planter do the work. Some plant types (like succulents) will need water less frequently. Check out our how-to-use directions for detailed watering instructions for specific plant types.

Air root pruning is a natural phenomenon by which roots stop growing when their tips are exposed to air. This happens in nature when roots grow above the soil, like on the forest floor.

When a root is air-pruned, it still wants to search for more resources, so it starts to grow hundreds of small hair-like roots off of the main root. This results in an explosion of root surface area and multiplies the plant's ability to absorb water and nutrients to fuel its growth!

Naked Root is the ONLY planter to take advantage of this effect to help you grow healthier, happier plants.

You might think that roots are underground, so oxygen doesn't matter to them, right? Actually, roots in nature are constantly exchanging water with oxygen thanks to tiny air pockets called soil pores. For this reason, most root growth in nature actually happens very close to the surface.

In fact, another name for root rot is anaerobic disease. It's a lack of oxygen that results from your plant literally drowning. The Root Zone Oxygen Technology of Naked Root helps your plant get the oxygen it needs to grow faster and healthier than ever before!

In a study on indoor air pollution, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) concluded the "root-soil zone appears to be the most efective area for removing volatile organic chemicals. Therefore, maximum exposure to the plant root-soil area should be considered when placing plants in buildings for the best air filtration."

Thanks NASA, we couldn't have said it better ourselves! The Root Zone Oxygen System in Naked Root's planters ensures 360-degree exposure of the root-soil system to the air, multiplying the ability of your plants to absorb potential toxins from the air.

No. Because of "air root pruning", root tips dry when contacted with oxygen and stop growing outward. Instead, roots branch out inside the planter and grow into a dense productive root system without circling the planter. Some roots might grow out of the bottom, because of the lack of oxygen in that area. You can simply clip those if needed.

A little at first. When potting up your plant for the first time, some soil will fall through. And for the first few waterings, a small amount of soil will continue to spill into the outer pot. Simply rinse out the outer pot to clean it. After the first few waterings, the soil will settle in and will stay in place.