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    Clear vs solid pots

    Was just wondering what you guys prefer to use, clear or solid pots and why? what are the advantages and dis advantages of the two?

    I've been leaning toward the clear myself. I like being able to see the condition of the potting mix.

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    My preference is solid b/c light entering the sides will eventually encourage unwanted algae growth below the surface for plants that like consistently moist soil. Utrics in clear pots would be great, but I would have that pot within an opaque pot. Epiphytic plants have their roots exposed in nature so it may benefit plants with photosynthetic roots. What types of plants would you use these for? Soil breaks down & releases nutrients over time so it may be useful to check on it if you worry about that. I usually only change or add to soil when a plant outgrows its container. Excess nutrients from decomposition can be flooded out, or added for some plants, & aeration can be added with various components as well. Hmm I bet it would stop some roots from getting bound on the sides of the container since roots that reach the light would stop & branch instead of growing further outward. Lol I don't know if that would be considered a pro or con but I am curious to see what others prefer.

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    What do net pots count as? :P

    If they're not an option then I'd go for solid pots, mainly because of the algae growth as Knuckles has pointed out.

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    I use clear for Phalaenopsis and other orchids which require their roots to dry out between waterings since it makes monitoring the dryness of the roots easy. The combination of low light levels these plants prefer, along with intermittent dry periods prevents algae from taking hold. Kept constantly moist and brightly lit they won't be clear for long.
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    I tend to use solid color pots (unless its an aquatic). High light levels getting through to the roots can inhibit their growth, depending on the plant. Unlike most plants, orchids have photosyntheisizing root tips like Knuckles said. I guess your choice just depends on the plant.

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    Since I've started using more and more live sphagnum in my nepenthes mixes, I've started using clear pots more often. I want the sphagnum to stay alive all the way down.

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    I find that unless I use net pots, it's too difficult to keep a whole pot of pure Sphagnum alive. Even in clear pots the moss tends to gradually decay. For that reason, I use solid pots to prevent unwanted algae. But as said, many orchids are the exception. For Nepenthes, my ideology is either solid pots, net pots, or go home.

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    I use clear for Utricularia, Genlisea, and anything potted in live sphagnum. The other plants are just in whatever pots I have left.

    As mentioned before, clear pots let you see the roots/media and let light in. On the flip side, they can heat up really fast and grow tons of algae.
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