I had my orchid in mind when I made this shino glazed pot. I didn't make holes in the side because plants in Utah tend to dry out way too fast. In fact everything in Utah tends to dry out too fast. I don't dare leave my clay uncovered. Very low humidity here. The orchid plant was a half-dead discount when I purchased it last year, so I was surprised when it started growing a stem with buds. I didn't waste any time taking it out of its partially cracked plastic pot and giving it a new home.