Why are orchid pots slotted?


Why are orchid pots slotted?

With 46 slots around and beneath the pot, you can be sure your orchid will enjoy uniform moisture levels throughout the potting mix. These Slot Pots have more drainage capacity at the base than any other single pot we carry. That’s important to help prevent trouble caused by too much moisture at the root zone.

Are pots with holes good for orchids?

As long as the pot has many drainage holes, it is likely a good pot for growing orchids. There are some advantages to different types of material.

Do dendrobium orchids need clear pots?

If you’re growing moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) you need to grow them in clear containers to allow the green roots to photosynthesise. Dendrobiums and cymbidiums don’t have photosynthetic roots, so can be grown in opaque pots. Vandas don’t need any pot at all, and can be grown in empty vases or suspended from wires.

What is the best potting mix for orchids?

Texas A&M University botanists, however, say their Phalaenopsis orchids thrive best in a potting mix that is 80% fir bark and 20% coarse sphagnum peat.

Do orchids like small pots?

Most orchids require a 4, 5 or 6 inch pot. There are seedlings and miniatures that require smaller pots, older specimen plants and some genera (Cymbidium, Phaius, large Cattleya…) that often require 8 inch pots or bigger but the majority of orchids sold in groceries, box stores, florists and the like are not these.

Can you plant in Clear pots?

Many common potted plants grow much better in nontransparent containers. For plants that naturally grow in soil, opaque pots lead to better growth above and below ground. Plants with light-seeking air roots, which naturally grow without soil, do well in clear containers.

Can orchids be planted in regular potting soil?

Gardeners new to orchid growing soon realize that healthy orchids don’t grow in regular potting soil. It’s too dense, doesn’t drain thoroughly enough, and most orchids actually grow in the air—the medium is just there to give the roots something to cling to.