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

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    63 35.80%
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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; Originally Posted by orchid-man Don't forget to change the name tag on the Colmanara Wildcat,as ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchid-man
    Don't forget to change the name tag on the Colmanara Wildcat,as it is now Odontocidium Wildcat.
    now when did that happen? just when i was getting comfortable......

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    Quote Originally Posted by nabakov5
    now when did that happen? just when i was getting comfortable......
    The change was offical just before September 2004 ,all the species name changes are listed here

    http://www.wildcattdata.com/NewWeb/news.htm

    and the full list of all name changes can be downloaded from the link on that page .There are about 2500 name changes altogether in the oncidium alliance.

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    Default Clay Pots

    I only use clay and dectorative ceramic orchids post. I do not like plastic because it does not breath. I find that if you water/soak a plant before repotting, the roots will come off the pot very easily.

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    I am fond of clay pots and would use them for all my catts if I had access to sufficient supplies. Unfortunately the proper size and shape for orchids are not that popular at stores here and are only available occasionally (So I hoard them when I can lol).

    Clay orchid pots have several benefits:
    1. The interior never gets too wet. The excess water will always pass through the porous pot.
    2. The wicking of the water along the pot's exterior results in evaporative cooling which is great in summer over here.
    3. Since it is porous, the pot itself can act as a potting substrate where roots can get extra moisture.

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    In spite of all the advice to use plastic and sphag for my plants (mostly phals), I've found that they do much better in clay. My home tends to be on the cooler side, and I find the plastic and sphag keeps the roots too moist for too long. The clay keeps the plants from soaking in cool moss too long and also helps to increase the humidity around the plants in the winter. It also keeps them cooler in hot weather. I use a mix of bark and sphag. I have to water more often probably, but I prefer that risk to root rot and fungus. The phals bloom regularly, so they must be happy! I'm still learning about the catts, oncids, etc.--I have most in clay now. I have one phrag, and it is in plastic, which I think it will like. We shall see!

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    I use all types of pots...Clay for some Catts, many dends, Neofenetia, Phals, Lycaste, dendrohilums, and others.

    Paphs and Phrags are all in plastic

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    For those who use clay......

    IME it does seem to help a bit (though, no, it doesn't work miracles) to soak the pot for 15-20 minutes so the roots don't adhere quite so strongly.

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    I put a struggling Masdevallia in a clay pot next to a small fan and it really perked up. It provides a cooler environment for the roots. I use it for my Lc. but that will be going into S/H in the spring. Everything else is in plastic and I am going to buy clear pots in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane View Post
    I hate trying to pry roots off of clay pots! The 'chids all stick to them like glue! I do keep some around to hold plants in when in bloom (stick the plastic pot inside the clay pot) just to hold them up. otherwise - it's Skeet shooting time!
    Exactly. I also use them for weight balance for top heavy plants and I do like the looks of them but can't stand growing in them.

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    I was using clay pots for Cattleyas and I got very good results, but due to the heavy weight and problems during repotting I have switched over to plastic pots.

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