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TEKU Clear Nursery Pot - 11.5cm x 11cm (from 70c each)
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But wait, there's more...
TEKU pots are like Transformers: More than meets the eye. At first glance you see an extra-clear pot for your indoor plants. You can use them by themselves, or pop them in a cover pot, depending on whether your plant is epiphytic or not, making them suitable for all plants. You can play I Spy and keep a watch on those roots and substrate moisture levels. Job done. But not quite. What you don't see until you turn it over is the clever base design.
More about measurements, that base, and epiphytic plants below.
Elho or TEKU?
Compared to Elho's Orchid Pots, TEKU's are almost completely clear. Scroll through the photos to the one with the leaves inside to see just how clear they really are. Elho are more semi-translucent, less clear, but also thicker.
If you're after for something you can very easily check root health and substrate, and that lets maximum light through to roots, TEKU is the way to go. The TEKU clear pots are also less rigid, not quite as thick, and more 'squeezy' that the more robust Elho, but both are made to last. Definitely not single-use throwaways.
These TEKU clear pots measure 11.5cm wide across the top, 8.5cm wide across the base, and are a smidge under 11cms tall.
All about that base
I'm giving myself brownie points for getting another song title in.
TEKU is the Kim Kardashian of the nursery pot world. Famous for their bottom. Their base design is surprisingly impressive for a piece of plastic (that's not to say Kim's bum is plastic, just that's they're both famous for their bottoms).
TEKU pots have unique asymmetrical drainage channels which increases drainage and also makes them more stable on mesh and wire surfaces. They have these neat 'U' shaped slots you can push plant stakes in to for better stability to support your plant. But what really sets TEKU apart is drainage.
The placement and number of drainage holes provides faster, better drainage for happier roots and to help avoid root rot. It gets water out of your substrate much faster. The clever taller, higher drainage slots help prevent roots sitting in residual water that collects at the bottom. No wet feet! Both the tall drainage slots and domed drainage holes help increase aeration.
TEKU pots have also been designed with rounded edges to reduce the risk of scratching your nice plant shelves, and have a non-slip pattern on the base to help avoid slipping and sliding.
What plants are clear pots best for?
First-off, all plants, because clear pots can just be put in cover pots. They don't have to be used by themselves. However clear pots are best used by themselves, without a cover pot, for epiphytic plants like Orchids, so roots get maximum light. But you can use clear pots for all your plants (just lift them out of their cover pot to check the roots and substrate moisture level when it's time to water). Clear pots are great for leca too by the way. No more guessing where that water level's up to.
However clear pots are known as Orchid Pots for a reason. Orchids are probably the best known in the family of epiphytes, but you might be surprised how many of your indoor plants would love a clear pot with excellent drainage.
What plants are epiphytes?
An epiphyte (pronounced 'ep-eh-fight'), is a plant that grows on another plant or object for physical support. The word epiphyte comes from a combo of epi, meaning upon, and phuton, which is Greek for plant. Epiphytes are most common in moist, tropical regions where they have to get up high to gain access to sunlight in dense, shaded forests.
The best-known epiphytes are Orchids, including Phalaenopsis, Cattleya, Dendrobium and Oncidium, but there are also Ferns like Bird's Nest and Staghorn, Cacti, Bromeliads, Moss, Aroids, Philodendron and more that grow epiphytically (phew, what a mouthful). Most plant groups have species in the family that are epiphytes, and with their lower nutrient and water requirements, epiphytes tend to do well kept as indoor plants.
There are differences between species of course, but in general epiphytes love humidity and warmth, and don't like wet feet. Their roots and leaves have evolved to be very effective at absorbing moisture and nutrients from the air and surface of what they are attached to, so the the impressive drainage design of a TEKU pot is ideal.
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