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Forest Plugs: A pot growing technique perfect for roots

Growing a plant in a healthy way is sometimes complex: keeping a plant in a pot means paying attention first of all to the way in which the roots develop. Avoiding rot, allowing good oxygenation of the soil and ensuring the roots grow optimally are "hidden" challenges but which are essential to approach with care.

The "forest alveoli" serve this purpose: through the choice of specifically designed cultivation containers, alveolus cultivation represents an innovative technique that takes inspiration from nature itself. This technique aims to maximize efficiency, reduce waste and promote plant health.

How Forest Alveoli Work

Forest plugs are a form of pot growing that relies on special containers designed to allow downward growth of the root system. These containers have two fundamental characteristics:

  1. Anti-spiralization design: The forestry cells have a conical shape and walls that recreate the shape of a star with blunt tips.
    Their particular shape allows the roots to grow healthily, accompanying them downwards. This allows the plant to grow in a similar way to how it would naturally, preventing the roots from intertwining (in jargon: spiraling).

  2. Space optimization: since the forest cells are tall and narrow, it is possible to grow many plants in a small space. This allows not only controlled and optimized production, but also a reduction in the resources necessary for correct plant development.

Advantages of Forest Alveoli

  1. Reduce Waste: Forest plugs reduce waste of resources such as water and fertilizer, as plants can more efficiently draw on what they need. The proximity between the plants then ensures better humidity maintenance, so that the plants grown in alveolus have lower risks of exposure to water and thermal stress.

  2. Better Plant Health: The simulated conditions of a forest ecosystem contribute to better plant health, reducing the risk of disease and infestation.

  3. Better Root Isolation: Forest sockets promote the growth of stronger, deeper roots, contributing to greater plant stability.

  4. Sustainability: This technique is environmentally friendly, as it reduces the need for resources and contributes to greater conservation of the substrate used.


Forest plugs as a pot growing technique are an innovation that embraces the natural growth of plants. By stimulating the conditions for spontaneous growth of the root system, this technique offers significant advantages in terms of efficiency, sustainability and plant health. As agriculture continues to evolve, forestry plugs represent a step towards a more sustainable future for growing potted plants.

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