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This is a discussion on Drilling holes in clay pots.... within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I was thinking of getting a net pot but thought it may not hold enough ...

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    I was thinking of getting a net pot but thought it may not hold enough moisture since the plant has been in clay pots all of it years with me. I still want to get some though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panam View Post
    You sound TOO enthusiastic - I have visions of a mad driller hopping from pot to pot creating a storm of dust from which will emerge terra cotta Swiss cheese.
    That was me this morning! My eyes were glazed over in the euphoria! LOL

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    I was a mad driller this morning, that tile bit i purchased that is designed to drill holes simply amazing! Everything went perfectly until I got to the second to last hole, I bit of the pot chipped/flaked off around the hole. I soaked the pot overnight which may have made it too soft. It still came out amazing, i can't wait to transplant my Sherry Baby after her/his 3 spikes flower and fade, Yay!

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    I've used a plain masonry bit with success. I've made several fountains out of large pots. What helped me was keep water running at the site of the drill spot I was working on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller View Post
    I was a mad driller this morning, that tile bit i purchased that is designed to drill holes simply amazing! Everything went perfectly until I got to the second to last hole, I bit of the pot chipped/flaked off around the hole. I soaked the pot overnight which may have made it too soft. It still came out amazing, i can't wait to transplant my Sherry Baby after her/his 3 spikes flower and fade, Yay!
    Miller...I have a suggestion : Why not go the grocery store, and get some food that you need ( something like milk or mayo that come in clear/near clear plastic containers ) After trimming the top to the size you want, cut narrow slits in all four sides and put several round holes in the bottom. I have been doing this for YEARS, and it not only is EASIER, but the orchid roots DO NOT STICK to the plastic! No more damaged roots for my orchids! PLUS, it's by FAR easier! Try it...you'll like it...Betty

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    Not a bad idea, but I do like the look of the clay pots also, very little tip over in the clay pots. The orchid is currently growing over the edge of the 8" pot so i would need a pretty big plastic container. I may try that with some of my smaller orchids. I just bought some seedlings, may try that with them.

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    Hi, Miller.
    I've drilled and used masonry blades on circular saws to 'slash' pots many times.Name:  IMG_1336 [640x480].JPG
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    my cyms love these pots
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