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Plastic pots and clay pots

This is a discussion on Plastic pots and clay pots within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I absolutely love plastic pots .....yes I might agree that they do look a bit ...

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    I absolutely love plastic pots .....yes I might agree that they do look a bit tacky, but I like them because they let you see everything . Not so much with clay . I do like the clay for the ease with which the plants take hold but that's it really . I might be a bit biased since I can't get a hold of the clay orchid pots you guys have available there . We only find the regular clay pots with the one hole at the bottom and not the slotted ones that you guys have there . As Tamara said though , you could get a decorative pot the same size or just a bit bigger and put the plastic pot into it and then you could do what I did ....toss a couple small pebbles into the side of the pot to stabilize the inside pot

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    I rarely use the "orchid" clay pots - they're only sold in seedling size or mammoth size. Nothing in between, so I have little option with them. Almost all of my clay pots are the single-holed standard kind and my plants do well. Anyway, I need a plastic pot for a Rossioglossum 'Rawdon Jester' - i.e. Rossioglossum 'Dead On Arrival'. So I just wanted to screw around with it and see how late I can prolong its imminent death. I tried clay last time and it croaked, so I bought a new one and I'm going to try plastic.

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    I don't know anything about Rossioglossums . Do they like to stay moist ? Maybe try a different media instead of a different pot ? Or both . Yup , I'm just overflowing with information

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    How many different types of orchids do you have Kelly ? Better yet how many types do you think you would be interested in trying ?

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    The only thing you need to know about Rossioglossums is that they're awful, awful plants that are never happy.

    I try everything at least once. Well, unless it's just ugly and pointless to me like a Masdevalia.

    Right now I have 3 Vanda, 4 Cattleya, 3 Phals, a Dendrobium, a Zygopetalum, and that god awful Rossioglossum.

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    3 Phals I thought you were anti-phal, or is it just white ones you hate.

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    I personally kind of like having a plastic pot in an oversized clay one. But that's just me. Best of lucky finding a good fit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazed View Post
    3 Phals I thought you were anti-phal, or is it just white ones you hate.
    The other two were just thrown at me by people who don't know what to do with them. I'm about to throw them out and say "The roots were dead. Nonsavable really."
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    Kelly - Geez, I can feed your OCD if you'd like. You get small tiles and mosiac the outside of your plastic pots and make them real pretty and yet still have the proper ventilation for your orchid roots. It would require that you put a "spacer" of some sort into the slits of the plastic pot when you grout the tiles so you don't accidentally close up the slits. A more expensive way to go would be to buy different colored polymer clay, Fimo or Sculpy are two brands, and make big sheets of designs. Use a clay pot as a model and wrap the sheets on the outside and bottom of the pot. After baking in the oven, you slip the clay pot out and you will have a new, decorative cover for your plastic pot. The downside will be that it won't breath unless you make some ventilation holes and slits in the side. Oh and it will be expensive to make since polymer clays are pricey.

    There really is nothing wrong with the clay pot being an inch larger, lots of nice ventilation around the plastic pot sitting on the inside and as suggested you can put stuff in the bottom to raise the height of the plastic pots. You can also paint the outside of clean clay pots if you want to make them prettier, although that does eliminate their "breathability". - martha

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    Oh and another benefit of using the larger clay pot, you could plug the hole in the bottom and use fish tank gravel in the bottom for fill to raise the height. That gravel area could be used as a way to add humidity since you could keep just a wee bit of water in the bottom underneath your orchids. - martha

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