Intheswamp wrote: ↑Tue Nov 21, 2023 5:14 pm
Do you see the orchid roots through the side of the clear container?
In most cases, yes. And quite frankly, it’s a very desirable thing at that point. With terrestrial orchids, it’s a different story, but most of your orchids are lithophytes or epiphytes and for them the roots are actually photosynthetic. So light exposure is not harmful to them. More to the point, with orchids root rot is one of the biggest issues with growing them (people tend to overwater). By having them in clear pots, it is typically easier to check up on the roots to make sure they’re still healthy, as well as to see if the media is still moist enough.
I have used clear containers with regular house plants without any problem. Yes you’ll see the roots growing along the wall of the pot, but that’s actually very normal for most plants. If they have any sort of real root system at all, they will quickly take over the pot and especially have them running along the walls of the pot because that’s actually where the oxygen content is best.
I wouldn’t expect the growing cps in clear pots would necessarily be detrimental to the plants. There are some issues that would come up without a doubt, such as algae growth along the inside of the pot, which, in many cases may not even be harmful for the plants, but it is rather unsightly. With plants such as the terrestrial utrics and many Drosera, you will have “issues” with baby plants trying to grow along the inside of the pot because where there’s light many of these will go ahead and send up plantlet’s off of the roots.