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    Cool Pot (it's not what you think!)

    I ran across an ad for something called "Cool Pots" for use with cool growing orchids. I'm supposing other cool growing plants could benefit as well: Neps, Helis, Darlingtonias...

    Here's the ad for one size of Cool Pot what do you think?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Sample-Cool-Pot-...item518e8b7c48

    Is it possible a fancy clay pot alone could lower the root temps?

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    I like it. Just remember that mosses and the like are gonna love the exterior, and grow all over it. That will make picking it up fun.
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    It seems a little shady to me...

    Maybe buy one, fill it with soil, and test temperature drop.
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    Kind of small for Darlingtonia. Just make your own evaporative Zeer pot as they do in the Middle East and Africa. Of course just as with a swamp cooler the drier your climate the more efficient.

    All you need is are unglazed pots, one nestled in a larger one with damp sand filling in between.

    http://practicalactionconsulting.org..._zeerpotfridge

    http://permaculturetokyo.blogspot.co...e-cooling.html
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    Kinda reminds me of the "Adrian Slack Pot" that I used to use on my Dewey Pine.

    http://www.sarracenia.com/faq/faq3190.html

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    They come in sizes up to 7" x 6" for larger plants, still not a huge pot but big enough for many things. I just thought it was a strange idea that a pot could cool a plant. I never used clay with my Neps and things because the clay always seemed to get covered in nasty algaes and slime molds - moss would have been nice! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    I never used clay with my Neps and things because the clay always seemed to get covered in nasty algaes and slime molds - moss would have been nice! lol

    I was sugar-coating it a bit.
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    I think you'd be better served with the variously-shaped "air-cone" plastic pots that are very popular with orchid growers. Here is simply one of many suppliers:

    http://www.kkorchid.com/aircone.asp

    Much like the photo of the "cool pot," the plastic versions (made by a number of manufacturers) allow for a great deal of air circulation throughout the media . . .
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