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Old 03-08-2019, 04:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Is a plastic pot OK, or would it keep the corm and roots too wet?
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Old 03-08-2019, 05:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is a plastic pot OK, or would it keep the corm and roots too wet?
Great question.

Each has its pros and cons.

I use both and both together.
I will put a plastic landscape pot in a larger attractive clay pot so I get the ease of changing out plants without tying up the clay container with just one plant and they are easier to move at the end of season.

Either choice will work well in your Florida environment.
Choose what looks good and fits your budget.
Your container should be 24 gal or larger if your expecting to fruit your plant.


Plastic containers are
inexpensive
lightweight
multiple colors....I use black or terra-cotta
easier to maintain consistent moisture levels.
black plastic heats up fast in sun
does not breath
will not crack if plant becomes root bound
always on the side of the road

Terra-cotta/Clay pots are
heavy
more expensive
very attractive
weather nicely
multiple colors
transpires/breaths much more water than plastic due to the porous nature of clay.
water more often.
will crack if plant becomes root bound
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Default Re: Plastic pot or clay pot for super dwarf cavendish?

Clay pots build up algae and other crud on the outside and are difficult to clean. I haven't used them in decades because they are a pain.

The only time clay shows an advantage over plastic pots is for epiphytic plants, e.g., cattleya orchids, succulents, e.g., cacti, and, maybe, a few random species, e.g., clivia.

That reminds me, I am going to have to use one of my old clay pots to transplant my nepenthes.

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Plastic for me, simply for the constant moving around I do, with my bananas, Clay would be such a chore, at the end of the day its the plant that has to be the star of the show not the pot
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"simply for the constant moving around I do". Please elaborate.
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"simply for the constant moving around I do". Please elaborate.
I guess he means that his big plastic pots have handles. Anyway, that is an advantage.
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Default Re: Plastic pot or clay pot for super dwarf cavendish?

I've read that a super dwarf cavendish Novak needs at least a 25-gallon pot to bear fruit.

1. So in a smaller pot, the plant would be root-bound and stunted and therefore not bear fruit?

2. What is the minimal pot size for it to bear fruit?

3. Where does one get a big plastic pot with handles?

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I've read that a super dwarf cavendish Novak needs at least a 25-gallon pot to bear fruit.

1. So in a smaller pot, the plant would be root-bound and stunted and therefore not bear fruit?

2. What is the minimal pot size for it to bear fruit?

3. Where does one get a big plastic pot with handles?

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Do a search for "nursery containers" on Google Images and pick a picture of one with handles with a website by a seller.

https://www.google.com/search?rls=co...30.NVWNj_OTuXU
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Default Re: Plastic pot or clay pot for super dwarf cavendish?

I really like the plastic pots, especially the flat bottom nursery pots. I buy them used at my local nursery for a few bucks each. I actually just painted this one yesterday to repot a house plant that was long overdue. I glued some screen at the bottom side holes, and drilled smaller holes across the bottom.

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