Sacpots are colourful knitted planting systems made in recyclable polypropylene
designed to be filled with soil and moulded by you.
Tactile and individual, Sacpots are created to be tough, resilient and light.
Sacpots can be placed inside or outside. Their flexible hard-wearing fabric stretches to accommodate root growth, and the elasticated neck cuts down evaporation
requiring less watering, less often into barely damp soil.
Sacpots are available in more than 300 appealing colour mixes
to make personal a long-lasting gift.
Sacpot demo at York Shambles market
Sacpots are fun to shape and fill. Dispatched with a liner in a postbox friendly envelope, the washable pots will store flat after use. Use multiples for a vertical garden, on walls and balconies.
Hang from trellises and trees. Refresh plant pots with a Sacpot outer liner. Embed a beaker for cut flowers and utensils. Use for storage and doorstops, bookends and display. Model accessories.
Invent new uses. Test other fillers. Shape Sacpots for pleasure and stress release.
Make personal a long-lasting gift.
Handmade by Marcela Livingston in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
The Sacpot Planting System
. Newly planted Sacpot 18th February 2018 and on 14th April and 11th June 2019
Planting up your Sacpot.
Fill your Sacpot with 1.4kg (3lbs) compacted soil. This will allow finer detailing when you shape it. To facilitate access, pull the inner liner back and down the outside of your Sacpot to widen the elasticated neck and free both hands for planting.
Watch your Sacpot reach maximum stretch to accommodate root growth and pot on.
My trial pots suggested the elastic neck and inner liner reduced soil evaporation by up to a quarter of the plant's watering needs. I tested this on new pots by watering my plants half the time with half the water than previously required and by regularly checking the soil found my plants were happiest with barely damp soil, not moist and certainly not wet!
To facilitate watering, I created a makeshift spout by folding a section of the inner liner away from my plant and up into a point, then slowly trickled water down it. This proved very useful for watering without disturbing the plant, and when it was done, I folded the spout back flat against the neck to hide till next time!
In cases of over watering I made drainage holes in the liner by piercing the Sacpot base with a dining fork. But when I placed a saucer under it to collect the water it prevented me enjoying the full view of my Sacpot so now I'm very careful not to over water.
( Or could I insert a plate or add pebbles into the Sacpot liner before filling it with soil?
I will test and let you know. )
How I made the first Sacpot.
My polypropylene research began when I became interested in developing a skin for a new sculpting style requiring extreme outdoor performance properties and a wide range of colours. The first test piece of the new fabric was so lightweight I had to weigh it down using matching soil-filled sacks only to find these could be easily modelled into any shape I wanted. These pots were taking advantage of all the fabric had to give and I was shaping my first Sacpots!
Plastics experts confirmed Sacpots' ethical application of synthetics and that they can be recycled and classed as vegan and farmers using similar stuff for hay bailing said they can't wear it out, so I feel confident Sacpots are long lasting and most importantly, look great.
Visitors to my Shambles market stall in York appreciate Sacpot’s average weight of 75 grams and receiving their online orders through the letterbox.
Site images and videos by Andrew Pick and Marcela Livingston