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View Poll Results: What are clay pots good for??

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Clay Pot Poll

This is a discussion on Clay Pot Poll within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I mostly use clay pots for the benefits of water evaporation away through the walls ...

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    Default clay pots

    I mostly use clay pots for the benefits of water evaporation away through the walls of the pot. I also use them for my high moisture lovers like Restrepia and my Masdies for the opposite reason, they will wick the water up. I guess these are the 'chids I truly bottom water...they sit on top of a bed of lava rock and I fill the water level to the top of the lava rock layer...the pots do the rest. I agree with Julie, I am quickly becoming a fan of sphagnum for most species except for my phals...semi hydro all the way. I am learning to become a little more particular about my medium as I read further and observe other growers.

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    I have all my orchids, except some dens, brsdm & vandas in clay pots sitting on gravel trays. Most of the dens I have seem to like hydro pellets in plastic containers better than clay pots with bark mix. I used to have everything in plastice & pellets, but that didn't work for some, so switched to clay & bark. I really think it's up to the individual plant, so I let them decide
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    Nice grow area, Val!

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    I Like your set up Val but don't you just hate dragging everybody in when the hurricanes are approaching?

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    I use to grow a Phrag besseae in my warm conditions. My temperature doesn't get below 70 F year round so clay pot seems to keep the root cool. It was better to grow it this way than in plastic pots for some reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paphman910
    I use to grow a Phrag besseae in my warm conditions. My temperature doesn't get below 70 F year round so clay pot seems to keep the root cool. It was better to grow it this way than in plastic pots for some reason.

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    the evaporative cooling effect of clay is a wonderful thing that helps the cooler growers survive hot summers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Molly Taco
    I Like your set up Val but don't you just hate dragging everybody in when the hurricanes are approaching?
    Actually, I only bring in plants that are in spike or bloom, the rest go on the ground on my NW patio, surrounded by cement blocks. I did that last year & didn't lose 1 orchid.

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    I must admit that I am a clay whore. I just can't stand the look of plastic pots, so I keep most of my orchids in clay pots or slatted baskets. I find that my catts and my paphs are happiest in clay, and I have a colmanara wildcat that sings in her clay enviornment. If watering is a problem because the clay pulls water away from the plant, I use glazed pots to remedy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nabakov5
    I must admit that I am a clay whore. I just can't stand the look of plastic pots, so I keep most of my orchids in clay pots or slatted baskets. I find that my catts and my paphs are happiest in clay, and I have a colmanara wildcat that sings in her clay enviornment. If watering is a problem because the clay pulls water away from the plant, I use glazed pots to remedy.
    -cat

    Don't forget to change the name tag on the Colmanara Wildcat,as it is now Odontocidium Wildcat.

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