Let's talk about best pot for cactus

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jojo
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Let's talk about best pot for cactus

Post by jojo » Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:41 am

I think - Terra cotta with a drainage hole. It is porous and absorbs excess water which helps prevent root rot.
Brittany
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Re: Let's talk about best pot for cactus

Post by Brittany » Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:44 am

jojo wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:41 am
I think - Terra cotta with a drainage hole. It is porous and absorbs excess water which helps prevent root rot.
Yep! While it does allow the roots to retain the water it needs it dries out quick enough to where it’s not retaining extra unneeded water/ moisture. I have never found a terra cotta pot without a drainage hole which is a must for cacti and succulents. Plus I just think they look great, even when aged. I have some that are almost as old as I am and I love the look. They can also crack, and still not fully break and be useable.
Kevin
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Re: Let's talk about best pot for cactus

Post by Kevin » Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:45 am

With adequate well drained soil mix, any material will work, even plastic. Stop the non-sense that the walls must "breathe". It´s the substrate aeration that´s important. If you use clay soil in a terra cotta pot your chance of rotting your cactus or succulent is pretty high. BTW , in 2000 , I worked as a plant propagator in San Diego : about 6 millions cactus per year produced all in plastic pots , very , very few died. Plastic is cheaper, lighter, and comes in all colors and shapes - terra cotta has more "charm" , it´s ok but not for mass production.
Danielle
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Re: Let's talk about best pot for cactus

Post by Danielle » Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:46 am

Kevin wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:45 am
With adequate well drained soil mix, any material will work, even plastic. Stop the non-sense that the walls must "breathe". It´s the substrate aeration that´s important. If you use clay soil in a terra cotta pot your chance of rotting your cactus or succulent is pretty high. BTW , in 2000 , I worked as a plant propagator in San Diego : about 6 millions cactus per year produced all in plastic pots , very , very few died. Plastic is cheaper, lighter, and comes in all colors and shapes - terra cotta has more "charm" , it´s ok but not for mass production.
I agree, but I will say this about black plastic. If a consumer or home owner buys a plant in a black plastic container, and places it in full sun without the protection of surrounding plants with which it was grown in the nursery, it is way more susceptible to heat stress and root damage. Terra cotta will keep soil substrate temperatures cooler in that situation.
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