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Name: Stel Venetoulis
Baltimore, MD
Mar 20, 2018 5:23 PM CST
I've had this pot mixed in with the rest of my gargening supplies for about 10 years. I can't remember what kind of plant or flower came planted in it. I have another plant I'd like to put in it but I'm not sure if the holes on the side will have a negative impact on the plant.
Does anyone recognize this as a pot specifically made for a certain plant? Can I plant this cool little plant in this pot? Thanks!

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Mar 20, 2018 5:43 PM CST
Hello @Stelios369. Smiling That pot is called an orchid pot - primarily used for orchid plants. I also use it as a cache-pot putting plastic nursery pots inside.
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Mar 20, 2018 5:49 PM CST
It looks to be a ceramic orchid pot:

You could use it for any type of plant if you can place a coir liner (cut to size) inside, which will keep the soil from washing out the holes. Home Depot and Lowes usually sell the liners:
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Name: Stel Venetoulis
Baltimore, MD
Mar 30, 2018 7:33 AM CST
Thank you for your help! I was having a "brain fart" and mixed up the Orchid pot with the African Violet pots.
Since you both mentioned Orchids- I've never been able to keep an Orchid alive for a second bloom unless it's planted in bark, not that weird moss-like stuff that "ice cube" Orchids come in. Would this be an ideal pot for using the bark? I doubt much will fall thru the holes on the side of the pot.
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Yes, designed for the bark, thus the side holes, they are large enough pieces to not slip through.
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Name: Paula Benyei
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Mar 30, 2018 11:54 AM CST
This pot should actually work with either medium - if you're talking about orchids

When you buy an orchid they're usually in a plastic pot inside some other container.
Spagnum moss holds a LOT of water- in a plastic pot that can mean root rot in the blink of an eye
In bark (that doesn't hold water) plastic pots inside other pots help maintain humidity

A pot like this encourages air flow and allows excess water deep in the pot to evaporate rather than plastic that holds it in. You may find that with the watering schedule that works with bark in plastic pots without holes is too little once you give it proper air access

My point is your mileage may vary - in a more open pot like this one you MAY find the opposite it true- spahnum may be better- maybe not- it depends on your watering schedule and method

This is just food for thought. It took me a long time to get the hang of various orchids mediums and pots; and I'm still far from a pro- but nothing makes me happier than a new spike- its worth the trouble
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Mar 30, 2018 1:18 PM CST
Well they are designed for use with many types of plants, orchids being one.
But a word of caution. If you plant an orchid right into this pot, use a jagged piece of pot shard in the bottom, right over the drainage hole. The shard or piece of broken clay pot should be a raised angular piece so that if it goes over the drainsge hole. It acts like an opened unbrella over the hole. This will keep the media from washing into and around the drainage hole effectively blocking it.
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