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Old 08-03-2022, 01:15 PM
Grim Tuesday Grim Tuesday is offline

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So I have a about 30 orchids in semihydro. Most of them are in deli containers which are decidedly not very aesthetic. Does anyone know of a source for nice looking ceramic outer pots that don't break the bank? I'm not opposed to, say, buying an entire case of 12-24 of them if they are nice enough. I'm thinking something around or under $10/per pot.

Second question: How large is it reasonable to let orchids in S/H get in deli size containers? I don't want to buy a ton of deli size outer pots only to find out all my plants need to move up a size next year. Note that I'm asking "how large" here, not "how old" since I imagine "how old" is very species dependent but "how large" is probably a bit more constant.
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Old 08-03-2022, 02:15 PM
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Does your local lowes store sell Gubler orchids? I find that some of those pots are the perfect size for the way I grow my S/H and self watering orchids.

If you can find them at your local lowes, check the discount rack for decent orchids, you can sometimes get them for 6 or 7 dollars each, and if you're in good with the garden center staff, they may even sell them for 2 or 3 each if you tell them you just want the pot and don't care about the rescue orchid.

Take 1 of your deli containers into the store and check the fit on the different pots they have available to see which ones you like.

They may even let you swap a pot you like off the non-discount rack, with a pot from the discount rack to get the pots you want.
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Old 08-03-2022, 09:37 PM
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A local discount store is a good bet for that type of thing. We have a one called Cheap as Chips, another called the Reject Shop. I think your equivalent is maybe Dollar Tree. Other places to check out would be op shops, thrift stores ect.

You may even get a bargain on pots at a local hardware chain.
I did, I found terracotta pots with Made in Italy 17 embedded in them. They measure 170mm or 17 cm (6.7 inches) across the top.

The only thing I could find wrong with them was a slight colour change in the clay. I've used 20 of them for a year, and found nothing wrong with them. I just dropped the holey plastic pots I grow in inside the terracotta. The rest are waiting for plants to grow big enough.

They were priced at $1 AU, (70c US, 60 UK pence, 70 euro) so I bought 50.

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Old 08-06-2022, 05:27 PM
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Maybe something like this? You could also try asking a local florist if they have any pots they could sell you or order from their wholesaler with their next shipment. I got some manzanita wood I wanted for a tank by asking around.
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