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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; I use both unglazed and glazed clay pots designed for orchids (added drainage). I use ...

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    I use both unglazed and glazed clay pots designed for orchids (added drainage). I use the glazed ones for my Phals, as I am a lazy waterer in dry country, it keeps them from drying out as quickly and they would rather not have their roots cooled so much. The unglazed ones are very cheap around here, a couple of bucks in a box store. I'm leaning towards S/H for most of my plants, though my Phals do very well for me in coarse bark with sphagnum moss in glazed pots, so they stay there.

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    I actually LOVE plain clay pots. I like the stability of them and they are so easy to tell when the orchid needs water.

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    I love Clay pots also. I move most everything to clay except my Phals. I usually have them in a clear plastic pot that I slip inside a clay pot. For some reason, phals are the hardest for me to grow so I like to be able to see their roots.

    I like the stability and as Clint said, I like that I can see when they dry out.

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    Everything I've tried growing in clay pots, with the exception of my NOID Vanda, has became dehydrated and needed repotting. I'm growing indoors, so it's very dry. Plastic pots reign supreme in my collection. If a plant needs its roots to dry quickly, I just fill the plastic pot with a very coarse or inorganic medium such as lava rock.

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    I assume that the way I receive an orchid is the way the seller believes it grows the best (unless I'm told before hand, "this is coming bare root" or "you'll need to repot this in ______".). The only thing I ever received in a clay pot was Angraecum compactum (I don't know what's INSIDE the pot but on top is solid sphagnum moss. Once, I poked around on top to try to see what was inside and I BELIEVE it's all moss. It could be that the intention was to offset the porous/quick drying clay pot with the water retaining moss media. All I know is I've left it that way for the last four months that I've had it and it seems fine. But it's very tight and will need to come out of there REALLY soon

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    Citywildcat - many times you can receive orchids that were grown in ways that are suitable for green houses, which have high humidity, fans and often automatic watering systems. The conditions are very different from growing them at home and the potting needs are usually quite different too. It pays to really check out what they are growing in and be aware and thoughtful as to if that will work for you, in your conditions. The growers do not pot them up for home growing conditions, but grow them in what works efficiently for their conditions.

    Generally if they come in tight sphagnum moss, they will need to be watered pretty cautiously, as they don't dry out well and they shouldn't dry out crispy either. When I have one in moss like that, I dampen it regularly but don't soak it and let it get fairly dry, but not fully. Then I repot it as soon as I feel I can. Often I don't wait for new root growth, but get that poor plant into something more suitable for my growing conditions.

    I was fooled by the presentation of a pair of Phals I got in a decorative pot - they were in their tiny plastic pots with tightly packed moss, then plunked into a much larger pot that didn't drain and packed in with fine bark and decorative moss over the top! The tag said to water about every 20 days. I had poked around and thought they were in the fine bark and was very careful about watering until I saw they weren't happy (about four weeks). I repotted and found how they were potted up, they are still marginal, I wish I'd done what my first instinct was and took them out immediately to check on them. I'm not sure if they are going to make it.

    Normally I wait for new root growth to repot, but those packed in moss ones, I often just redo as they won't do well long term here that way.

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    I purchased a encyclia radiata that was delivered in moss. I tried to keep it in the moss as it had spikes on it and I didn't want to lose them. But the moss didn't want to dry out and was staying wet for way too long for my comfort level, so I ended up re-potting it to a bark mix at that time. It was about a month ago. The spikes seem to have survived. And should be open soon.

    The encyclia has gone crazy growing new roots from the newest growths and I have no worries about it survival.

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    Carolla, a bit of good advice you have there! The ironic thing is I handle it exactly the way you said in your second paragraph. I think it's dormant right now because it's not doing very much & I turned the pot upside down and looked through the hole. There's quite a bit of space down there. The last few weeks, I noticed that the moss is starting to rise up so I know it's time to take it out - just need to set my mind to it (this past weekend was devoted to repairing storm damage.). Decorative pots? No way! I never got an orchid in a clay pot so I thought I would keep it for a few months to see what happens - so far, no harm, no foul....but it CANNOT stay in there indefinitely/without a doubt... but it was fun to look at for a little while.

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    I've had good luck with decorative pots that were designed for orchids, but the ones that don't drain - bad news! Good luck with your plant! Here's a picture of a pot that works fine for my phals:
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    78Terp, I LIKE what you said about your Encyclias. I've never grown them, even in the past, many years ago when I grew under lights. I now have three, purchased about 4 to 6 weeks ago. I was as nervous as ____ when I bought them, not knowing anything about them. I gave myself a crash course on them but still don't know if I know much more now than I did before, LOL (you know how that goes......"T.M.I." = in overwhelmingly amount of information for the brain to process or retain.). Nevertheless, all 3 are doing well. I'm glad to hear this is the time of year when they're active, as that's encouraging for someone who's never had them before...GOOD TO READ YOUR POST, THANKS!

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    Carolla, THAT "decorative pot" makes sense. It has holes on the side so air can get in/not totally enclosed, with NO air holes for drainage whatsoever/like most of them DO have...

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