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DIY semi-hydro pot for orchids?

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    I am not able to buy ready-made semi-hydro pots locally and am not very impressed with my own converted plastic cups. Has anyone come up with a creative DIY semi-hydro pot for orchids*, or just anything that's more attractive than disposable cups?

    (*By which I mean a tallish, fully enclosed plant pot with drainage holes on the side 1 to 1.5 inches up from the bottom, creating a small water reservoir in the base of the pot. The water wicks up though expanded clay media to the plant roots.)

    Thanks

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    I'm not sure about Australia, but here we have restaurant and catering supply stores where you can get deli containers in bulk (25-50 per sleeve) for very cheap. They come in a range of different sizes and thicknesses so you can pick your own. To the best of my knowledge these are exactly what are sold as semi hydro pots online with the addition of the holes drilled out. Although these stores do most of their business wholesale they are open to the public for party supplies and things like that.

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    Here in the U.S. I use Chinese soup Take-out containers. Its a win win for me because i eat my Won-Ton soup, then clean the container, add holes, plant an Orchid and enjoy! If i need another pot, Then i know i get to have some more yummy soup!

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    I found a potato salad that I like that comes in a pot exactly the size of the 6" S/H pots I've seen for sale. Of course its printed with potato salad information, but the size and shape is perfect! I've used other potato salad containers, but they are a bit short and wide and don't wick as well as the taller, thinner ones. I'm thinking of taking a good look at some of the small plastic buckets at the home improvement stores to see if I can find some good sizes and shapes, as there aren't any S/H pots available in our area (that I've found yet). I bought some 6" S/H pots online recently, love them, but I need some bigger ones for many of my plants. Shipping is so high on the pots when I only need a few of them, I am looking to be creative myself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirytman View Post
    Here in the U.S. I use Chinese soup Take-out containers.
    As a matter of fact, the very first successful S/H pot had, in a former life, brought home won ton soup from the restaurant!

    Any plastic container can be used - be creative. I cruise big-box stores, dollar stores, etc. for likely containers. I have used vases, small trash cans, even styrofoam coolers. They don't have to be clear, although, while opacity does prevent algae growth, it does make it tougher to see if the plants need watering.

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    I've seen people use glass, or ceramic, too, although you have to have the right bit to drill the holes and I suspect you take losses along the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raybark View Post
    As a matter of fact, the very first successful S/H pot had, in a former life, brought home won ton soup from the restaurant!

    Any plastic container can be used - be creative. I cruise big-box stores, dollar stores, etc. for likely containers. I have used vases, small trash cans, even styrofoam coolers. They don't have to be clear, although, while opacity does prevent algae growth, it does make it tougher to see if the plants need watering.
    Ray, I've been using plastic containers I get from the local box store or hardware stores. They are in the paint section, and are probably used for stain or paint. They are somewhat translucent, and come in 1 and 2 1/2 quart sizes. I use a soldering iron to melt the holes in where I want them. The problem is that sometimes I need an in-between size, and after exposure to sunlight for 9 months or more, they become brittle to the touch. I wish I could find a material that is more long-lasting, and that I can get in more different sizes.

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