GrowPharm - Clear Orchid Pots
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Orchids enjoy being grown in clear pots, because unlike other varieties of plants, their roots undergo photosynthesis. This is because in the wild, orchids will grow on rock facings and on the sides of trees. Clear plastic pots also allow us to easily inspect the roots of our orchid plants for pests, disease or overcrowding.
Without good ventilation around the roots, an orchid can suffocate and eventually die. Orchid roots need airflow as it helps them stay healthy and allows them to absorb moisture and nutrients. As well as providing good air circulation, a pot with ventilation also allows the growing medium to dry out more quickly.
The benefits of the slotted pots are that they improve aeration and drainage, which in turn increases the plant’s ability to take in water and nutrients, making it much more likely to thrive.
You should repot once every 1-2 years for most varieties. Orchids are happiest when tucked tightly into a pot, so never over-pot. Using too large of a pot will make them more prone to root rot. Look for a pot that is only an inch or two larger than their previous pot. You do not necessarily need a deeper pot. Wider is best.
Orchids are one of the largest and oldest families of plants in the world. For centuries, people all over the world have fallen in love with their flowers. Their bright colours, exciting shapes, and enchanting smells have evolved to attract pollinators. Many have a relationship with a single type of insect or bird that can pollinate their flowers.
Want to learn more about orchids?
The Foothills Orchid Society is a great place to start if you're looking for a social group.
"THE FOOTHILLS ORCHID SOCIETY, FOUNDED IN 1987, IS COMPRISED OF A GROUP OF PASSIONATE ORCHID ENTHUSIASTS IN THE CALGARY, ALBERTA AREA. SOCIETY MEMBERS VARY IN BACKGROUND AND INTERESTS BUT ALL MEMBERS SHARE A LOVE FOR ORCHIDS AND THEIR CULTURE. IF YOU'RE IN THE CALGARY AREA AND HAVE AN INTEREST IN ORCHIDS, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO JOIN OUR SOCIETY."