Orchids are gorgeous plants and can be a little difficult to care for, when growing without the proper knowledge. Most hobby growers usually do not put any emphasis on the type of pots or containers that they are growing their orchids in. And knowing the type of suitable containers is essential to have a healthy orchid plant. Containers used for orchids are different from those used for other plants.
In the world of gardening, there are many types of pots or containers. However there are containers specifically designed for orchids and usually these produce the nicest orchids.
Suitable containers for growing orchids are those that are clear so that we are able to inspect for any diseases or pests found in the roots of the orchid plants. Besides, the clear container also allows sunlight to penetrate and help the orchids to grow as the plant is able to use the root to make food or energy through photosynthesis.
You can get these clear containers from most of the garden centers or plant nurseries. Ideal containers will usually have cut or slats on the side of the container for better air flow and drainage. You can also opt for those slatted wooden containers or other cheaper alternatives as orchid plants do not require any specialized containers to be planted in. As long as the pot has good drainage with 6-12 holes at the bottom, it can be used to grow orchids.
Unlike other plants, the roots of orchids don’t grow downwards but rather spread outwards. So choosing a shallower pots is preferred. If you have no choice but to use a deeper container, just fill the bottom with packing peanuts or lava rock instead of potting mix as the root of the orchid plants will never grow in there. Besides, those materials will also improve on the drainage. When repotting, just get a slightly wider container and not a deeper pot.
Types of orchid containers
When it comes to choosing a container for orchids, one is spoilt for choices. There are containers designed for functionality as well as to be ornamental. However, a basic pot is the most common choice. It can be either plastic, clay or other materials and each has its own advantages.
Clear plastic pots – this is a container that allows light to reach the roots to produce energy or food. Also, you can observe to ensure that the plant is growing properly.
Wooden baskets – they are made of rot-resistant wooden materials or teak. Line them with some moss prior to adding in the potting mixture if you decide to use this type of container.
Net pots – these pots look similar to those strawberry baskets that you see in your local supermarket and they are made of black plastic mesh.
Bi-level drainage pots – they come with lots of drainage holes and have a domed bottom.
Net basket insert pots – this is a container that is very suitable when it comes to air circulation and drainage for the roots of your orchid.