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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; My last post before I go. I watered my orchids and my Cymbidium (read the ...

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    My last post before I go. I watered my orchids and my Cymbidium (read the tag this time) I thought was changing colour, yellowing from the bottom up. I dug down to find some rotten roots. I proceeded to repot. To my horror about 75% of the roots were rotten. I cut everything that was soft or black, dusted with cinnamon and let dry for a few hours. I had to divide the plant to get at all the rot. I down sized the pot to a tall narrow size. Now, with a Phal it is good for it to be in a clear pot, is it OK for a cym? So the question is why not use glass? Have I totally sent this orchid down the river? The glass that its in has a 3/8th drain hole that I drilled prior to potting into new potting medium. I soaked the medium and let drain, I then added a rooting powder to its fertilizer and watered again and let drain. I'm guessing and leaving in under 24hrs. I would like your opinions so please respond and I will read in 4 weeks when I get back. I'm gambling and don't know if I did anything right. If its alive when I get back I'll know.
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    I have no experience potting orchids in glass.....
    I'm curious to know how it works out for you.

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    I don't have any experience with potting in glass. I'm thinking that if it does have enough drainage it might work, however, I'm not sure if it will allow the medium to dry enough. It'll probably be the same as plastic but with ceramic qualities in terms of the hardness.

    It looks really nice though

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    The only thing I'm concerned about is slow drainage in those pots. Drainage being equal, I would think there would be no difference in glass or plastic pots.

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    I would think some crock <SP?> would be required. It would take away from the good look of the glass though...
    Also, the glass containers seem to sit flush on the coasters under them. Does this setup allow for drainage? You may need 'feet' on the glass containers to elevate them allowing the water to leave the glass pot.....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bc_bareroots View Post
    I would think some crock <SP?> would be required. It would take away from the good look of the glass though...
    Also, the glass containers seem to sit flush on the coasters under them. Does this setup allow for drainage? You may need 'feet' on the glass containers to elevate them allowing the water to leave the glass pot.....?
    There is a elavated lip in the pan.

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    I agree with everyone, that looks really nice!! I think that most of us haven't really used, or thought of using glass because we don't have the tools to drill drainage holes...at least, I don't have a drill at home :-) But they look beautiful - I think it will be fine! I just don't want the roots to cook in there - you know that glass does intensify sunlight, right? It will take the infrared heat of sunlight, and that will heat up the soil a little bit...as long as they're not in sun all day (which the orchids wouldn't be anyways) they should be okay :-) Let us know how it goes!

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    Glass will be a poor pot for cymbidiums - specially nice expensive glass pots.
    Remember, cymbidium roots can bend/break even tin pots. Cymbidium roots will not stop growing even if they reach the pot boundaries - they will just push it out when there is no more room inside.
    Obviously, glass/terracotta will break before they bend.

    You can keep them in glass pots, just make sure that you repot them into bigger pots as soon as the roots begin to get crowded.

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    hmmm, not sure on the answer, but just wanted to say that hope it works, because it's mighty pretty!

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    I am concerned about getting air to the roots. I know folks are cautioned against using glazed ceramic because it doesn't breathe. I wonder what would happen if you had holes in the sides of the glass like some orchid pots? I have never drilled glass, but if you have successfully, maybe that would help. I agree that it is beautiful. Just imagine it in bloom! WOW!

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