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This is a discussion on Cattleya Orchid Root problem within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Wade, many Phally growers are using clear pots as are growers of other genera. The ...
Wade, many Phally growers are using clear pots as are growers of other genera. The root systems do seem to stay in the pot BUT would plants that have a "wandering" root system like Cattleya, Laelia & family co-operate, I don't know. Like you, some testing should be done. I think its more likely to be successful on monopodial plants. ( not Vandas ) Might give a Catt' a go to see what happens.
I'm really considering doing some testing along these lines. It will probably take a while though. I've had some of the "Rand" pots for many years. I always valued them for the air cone more than the translucence but they are very nice. I noticed that some of the other "clear" pots have some very nice additions to drainage and that may also have a factor in keeping the roots happy enough to want to stay in the pot. My feeling is that roots will go where they have the best environment.