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Susmitha S. Nambuthiri and Dewayne L. Ingram

. Recycling of plastic containers is not readily available in some areas ( Hurley, 2008 ). Also, many consumers view the production of groundcovers in individual plastic containers as an unsustainable practice ( Hall et al., 2010 ). Plantable containers that

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Dewayne L. Ingram, Timothy A. Woods, Wuyang Hu, and Susmitha S. Nambuthiri

Lexington, KY. Plant quality and growth rates for these plants were similar in two plantable containers (Ellepot and SoilWrap) and a standard plastic container and established well in the landscape. The plantable containers also required 20% less time to

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Nicholas J. Flax, Christopher J. Currey, James A. Schrader, David Grewell, and William R. Graves

addition, more than 75% of plant containers used by container-crop producers are recyclable ( Yue et al., 2010 ). However, these findings do not indicate the total amount of recycled plastics used or the relative proportion of virgin plastics used to

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Bethany A. Harris, Wojciech J. Florkowski, and Svoboda V. Pennisi

other studies focused on consumers and their preferences and practices regarding sustainable gardening and choice of plant containers. Using Internet survey data, Hall et al. (2010) acknowledged seven market segments and consumer profiles regarding the

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Susmitha Nambuthiri, Amy Fulcher, Andrew K. Koeser, Robert Geneve, and Genhua Niu

industry in the form of containers. The most recent estimate of plastic use for ornamental plant containers raises this to 1.66 billion pounds ( Schrader, 2013 ). Many consumers view the use of plastic products in ornamental plant production as an

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Heidi A. Kratsch, James A. Schrader, Kenneth G. McCabe, Gowrishankar Srinivasan, David Grewell, and William R. Graves

., 2010 ). Single-use petroleum-based plant containers are widely used by the container-crops industry because of their excellent function, durability, and availability in a diversity of sizes and shapes. However, the use of petroleum-based containers

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Bridget K. Behe, Benjamin L. Campbell, Charles R. Hall, Hayk Khachatryan, Jennifer H. Dennis, and Chengyan Yue

instance, Hall et al. (2010) found that 13% of study participants valued a carbon footprint label more than other product attributes such as price, plant container type, and waste composition in the container. A 2007 e-Marketing article reported that 90

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Jennifer H. Dennis, Roberto G. Lopez, Bridget K. Behe, Charles R. Hall, Chengyan Yue, and Benjamin L. Campbell

than container type. As the number of consumers concerned about sustainable business or production practices (among them type of plant container) increases, the demand for sustainable business practices may become greater. The objectives of this study

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Jeff S. Kuehny, Matt Taylor, and Michael R. Evans

biodegradable containers that are “plantable” (containers that can be used for greenhouse production and then planted directly in the landscape) have become available for the production of bedding plants. These include Fertilpots (Fertil International, Boulogne

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James E. Altland, James C. Locke, Wendy L. Zellner, and Jennifer K. Boldt

nitrogen (N). Initially, fallow and planted containers were irrigated similarly, about four times per week, with 100 mL per irrigation event. Gradually, planted containers required greater irrigation volume, up to 200 mL per irrigation event. Containers