Growing with O-Pots
The un-glazed ceramic
Water-wicking so air roots can breathe!
Transplanted June 2014 Photo Taken: January 2015
I've been growing with the orchid pots since 2013.
The feedback page has suggestions for home vs greenhouse use.
Raku O-Pot installation for the NW ORCHID SOCIETY @
2014 NW Flower & Garden Show, Seattle
How To Use O-Pots:
Soak new pots in plain water before transplanting, 10-minutes
possible to over-water with O-pots, so use your normal watering schedule
for the variety & good old fashioned common sense.
I soak my phals in a tub of water for 10-minutes 1x every six-to-eight weeks & mist the outside of the pots as needed in summer or during winter when the heat is on. Water in the drip tray will wick up into the pot without bogging down the roots.
Wash drip trays often to help avoid root rot (fungus).
I use GROW MORE orchid fertilizers & MIRACLE GROW orchid bark mix.
I LOVE Hawaiian Mist Floral Spray.
use activated charcoal in the built-in bottom ring of the O-Pots to keep the drainage water clean/filtered. I use gravel and activated charcoal in our hydration trays.
Your success will depend on your city's climate/humidity & the kind of orchids you're cultivating.
you see white crystals on the pot, it's mineral salts from fertilizer
or hard water minerals (calcium carbonate) & will wipe off.
O-Pots Started in 2013
In 2013, I was tired of the usual over-glazed,
cookie-cutter pots from the
usual big box stores. I love the look of slender Japanese orchid pots and the airflow of un-glazed terracotta.
Many actual pots for orchids are too lightweight to support big & tall oncidiums, for instance; which need room to spread and lots of airflow.
So a new product went into development! Our Raku O-pots are un-glazed, naturally carbon-infused raku stoneware that's smoked with 100% organic cedar shavings. It's never waxed, glazed with color, or stained with India Ink. The color variations are smoke and flame patterns left from the raku process.
No two pieces are the same.
After a year of happy orchids, we went looking for a test group & joined the Northwest Orchid Society at the University of Washington Center For Urban Horticulture. In January of 2014, we gave a demo, answered questions and raffled off eight free pots. The feedback was inspiring.
Our friends at NW Orchid Society gave us suggestions on pot shapes and tray depth. Very useful information!
At the end of the day we learned our pots are a unique, new product for the cultivation of orchids. Even the old-timers @ the Northwest Orchid Society had never
seen anything like them!
We were asked to custom design 32-raku pots for a hanging display. The NWOS used them in an garden-art installment at the 2014 FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.
It was amazing to be included in the show!
Today, we ship O-Pots all over the USA. 75% of our business comes from repeat customers and their friends.
RAKU KILN 1850* F
GETTING READY FOR THE FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW, JANUARY 2014
RAKU KILN @ 1850* F
FINISHED PINT-SIZE ORCHID POTS FOR THE NW FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW 2014
@ THE WASHINGTON STATE CONVENTION CENTER, SEATTLE
Mark Young ,@ Young Flowers in Seattle, styled these tropical plants (left) and
orchid (right) in our large O-Logs.