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Glass vs Plastic

This is a discussion on Glass vs Plastic within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hey from Thompson Manitoba. Thanks for the responces. Now- if the glass breaks, its time ...

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    Hey from Thompson Manitoba. Thanks for the responces. Now- if the glass breaks, its time to repot.-The pots are lifted now higher on rocks in the dish.-The drain hole is 3/8th in dia. and drains as fast as my other ceramic pots.-The glass was cheap and drilled so easy it is scary.-Wouldn't glass and plastic breath the same? As in nill. Drilling more holes wouldn't be a problem but would weaken the pot eaven more. 6 of one, 1/2 dozen of another. I was told to keep the roots moist, but got root rot (to moist).-The temp. I'm concerned about. this orchid is in a south picture window. It seems to like it, the roots, don't know. Wife said they aren't dead yet. Heres hopeing.

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    Wouldn't glass and plastic breath the same?
    In the context of plant potting, they would have the same performance in terms of air circulation if they are of identical size the drain hole configuration (that goes for water flow as well).
    Air and water (and water vapor) will follow the path of least resistance which will be the top of the pot and all the drain holes.

    In closed situation though (as in bottled food/drinks) plastic is not completely airtight so they use glass for items that are stored for long periods.

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    For yous that want an update. I found that the glass is its own terarium and humidity builds in the sun light. So far the plant seems to like it with both new shutes and new root growth. Clear pots sure makes it nice to see whats going on below the surface.
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    Those are looking good.

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    That is great! Congratulations!!

    Cheers,
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    I love clear plastic pots - I love seeing what is going on beneath the surface!

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    A glass container brings to mind all that gunky green vile stuff that grows in my vases. I like clay as it keeps my big catts from losing roots as it cools and dries the roots more efficiently....much like its host in nature would. The heat and humidity would otherwise turn some of my orchids into mush.
    I see though that yours are doing well....I can't wait to see how it turns out!
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    OH connie, you're totally right - my clear S&H pots so have some scary vile stuff growing in them from time to time, but the orchids don't seem to mind at all...they just keep on keepin' on!!

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    Nice look! My concern would also be not only air circulation (though that should be about as it would be for plastic) but also with regards to overheating.

    Course I suppose you could -- if the spirit moves you --take your experiment one step farther, Rick, and either move one of the vases so the sun does not shine on the actual vase or place an obstruction in front of the vase for the same purpose, or cover one with a reflective material -- just to see if it has any effect ( + or - ).

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