Choosing an Orchid Pot

When searching for an orchid pot, you’ll find many different kinds to choose from. Some orchid containers are more ornamental, while some have functional distinctions. The most frequent container is the essential container - plastic or clay (terracotta); each materials has its advantages, and choosing you can depend on the kind of orchid you are caring for.

Generally, if your orchids have a tendency to dry out all too often, use plastic material pots rather than clay and use an excellent potting mix. In the event that you often be considered a heavy waterer, use clay pots with a coarse blend.

The big differences between standard garden pots and the ones used for orchids will be the number and size of drainage holes in the container. Orchid pots have bigger openings and more of these, both in underneath and edges of the pot, to ensure better drainage.

Some containers are shallow - shorter than standard garden pots - and with a more substantial base, which is particularly helpful for top-heavy orchids. Other pots are high and narrow to meet up with the needs of orchids with super-long root base, such as Asian cymbidiums.

Types of orchid pots include:

  • Net pots are constructed of black plastic-type mesh. These pots are similar to the green strawberry baskets from the produce portion of the supermarket.
  • Clear plastic, that allows light to attain the roots and allows you to see root growth
  • Pots with a net container place for great drainage and air circulation
  • Pots with bi-level drainage, that have a domed bottom level studded with drainage holes
  • Wooden baskets, usually made of teak or various other rot-resistant wood. When potting in a basket, line the container with sheet moss, and then add your potting combination.


Whether you select clay or plastic-type material, ensure that your orchid container is rigid and strong enough to aid top-heavy blossoms or root-bound development. (A lot of orchids enjoy being a little root-bound.)


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