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Old 04-30-2016, 08:57 PM
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Glazed pots

I recently got some handmade pots from my mom, which I used to repot two of my wilsonara orchids. Only thing is that they are glazed, inside and out, which I didn't realize could a problem until after the fact! Has anyone had good luck growing orchids in glazed pots or is this just a really bad idea?

For what it's worth, the glaze used is non-toxic to humans (otherwise I'd be dead by now) and drainage seems OK so far. There is a large drainage hole at the bottom as well as a few finger-width holes around the sides (towards the bottom - I've attached a picture for reference).

Any input appreciated! if necessary I can pick up some terracotta pots from Home Depot later this week, but these are the perfect size.
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Old 04-30-2016, 10:56 PM
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I've used them for orchids and house plants without issue.
I have 2 I'll be using shortly when I get into my big (late) spring re-potting.

As long as they are glazed in and out, there shouldn't be a problem with using it.
BTW, the one you have is a very nice one. And the orchid looks very healthy.
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Wow! That is a beautiful pot!
I have a few Justaddice Phals in the small glazed pots/plastic sleeves in which they came. I removed most of the medium and replaced it with small LECA. The roots still look good after six months. So...glazed pots are not always a death sentence for orchids. As long as the medium dries evenly and enough air gets to the roots, the orchids should be fine. If you find reason to be concerned, you could put a bunch of Styrofoam peanuts in the bottom.
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A non-toxic glazed pot shouldn't be any different from a plastic pot, in terms of drying out. As long as you account for that, you shouldn't have a problem.

And that is very pretty!
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thanks all, that has put my mind at ease! I had been reading a lot of warnings against glazed pots online so wasn't sure what to believe. I'll leave as is for now and keep an eye on them, but if things take a turn for the worse I can always repot.
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The only reference I have seen about glazed pots came from very early in my interest and it came from "Orchids are Easy" , a guy who publishes a lot of orchid stuff ( for a price, naturally) and he stated that glazed pots may contain chemicals in the glaze that are not friendly to orchids. I had mentioned it to some people who sold orchid pots and supplies and they all assured me that it is not a problem. So, keep an eye just in case so you can react quickly if things start going downhill.
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I don't know....
Aren't coffee cups nothing more then 'glazed pots' with handles, without draining holes?
I'm not giving up my favorite coffee cup for no one, for no reason!

Are different kinds of 'glaze' used on plant pots then that used on things we put food in/on?
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If the glaze is food safe it is also plant and aquarium safe. It is those other types of glazes you have to be careful of.
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I'm new to ceramics but from my understanding most ceramicists take care not to use dangerous metals in items that need to be food safe. They also inspect their pieces to make sure that there aren't any faults in the work and conduct many tests with the clays and glazes to make sure they aren't soluble and that their recipes are sound.

Here's a link that may help to explain:

http://www.georgies.com/gcc-safety-food.shtml

I've been taking classes in ceramics the past couple semesters and I'd love to design some pots to go with specific plants as far as the shape of the form and the glazing. I could even imagine incorporating unglazed elements because of how much orchids appreciate the porous surface that holds water.
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