Look for Ventilation Holes
Did you know that orchids grow in the wild in 50 states? Orchids are some of the most beautiful flowers in the world, but folks seem to think of them as so exotic that only the experienced gardener should own them; nonsense!
While most orchids are epiphytic, in the wild their roots are exposed to sunlight and air. With this in mind, it’s best to plant orchids in pots where the roots can be exposed and/or have ventilation holes in the planter so air can circulate around the root system naturally.
Unfortunately, it’s difficult to find a ventilated orchid planter at your nursery, and even when you do find a scant few, they are (forgive me) – ugly!
Next best… is a basket. A basket container has certain advantages in that in nature when you walk where orchids grow, they have a lot of rainfall, but very shortly the roots are dried out; that their natural environment and they love it. The problem with wooden baskets is that they tend to decay fairly rapidly and over a period of 2 or 3 years may break down and need replacing -- but wait a minute – wouldn’t we be replacing the pot anyway because the orchid outgrew its pot?
Then -- some folks resort to wire baskets which may, over a period of years sort of break down also, because they rust. Plastic basket? It appears to last much longer than wooden or wire baskets.
But there are other reasons to consider when choosing baskets to plant your orchids in. Whatever the container you select be sure the root system fits snuggly without over- crowding but without a lot of wiggle room either. Too big a pot will hold too much water, and too small a pot will cramp the roots causing them to decay.
My favorite pot for orchids is the coir pot. What is coir? Coir is the outer hunk of a coconut consisting of both coir dust and coir fiber. A renewable resource, the hunk is processed to make environmentally friendly products like biodegradable pots, planting medium, liners for hanging baskets, mulch and more. Here’s the best part: coir pots 5” x 4” deep sells on the internet for .85 cents each.
Fact: Coir pots have a higher resistance to mold-no fungicide needed and the pots last up to five years. Orchids grow faster with a strong root system in Coir. Coir is rich in nutrients like iron, copper, zinc and magnesium. If you want to grow orchids, this pot is the way to go.
Esther Smith, author
An orchid all by itself is a work of art, but with a proper pot to grow in their root system thriving, the overall picture is pure show-off. Visit our home page and learn more about orchids and how easy it is to raise them=>