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Thread: Big Pots - How do you keep your mix from falling out the drain holes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seedjar View Post
    Normally, I would lay a little LFS in the bottom of each pot to prevent my media from spilling out over time. However, I sometimes have problems with LFS rotting at the bottom of pots, and that aside plugging that many pots would be time-consuming and expensive with sphagnum.
    See, I'm looking for ways /besides/ using LFS. A handful of LFS x 200 pots / 10 handfuls per two gallon bag of crummy LFS = 20 bags, and 20 bags x $3.79 a bag from the hardware store = way more money than I'm ready to spend on a bunch of D. binata and capensis. ($75.80 to be exact.) The peat and perlite I'll be using for most of my fill in this project cost less than $60, and that left me feeling lucky that I've scavenged/been given the pots for free.
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    Coarse perlite works too, depending on the size of the drainage holes. I forgot how much a 3 cubic foot bag of perlite is, but it's pretty cheap.

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    I was gonna suggest plastic screen too NAN, thats what I plug my nursery pots with that have 1" holes. A 48" W roll of plastic screen is almost free ($4.95) and lasts practically forever. Works good for building impromptu reptile and insect terrariums too!

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    I use both LFS and also fiberglass screen mesh. The screen works very well and can be cut into any shape to fit any pot. And like Swords mentioned, its very durable.
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    I use coarse perlite, they kinda of lock themselves to each other preventing them from falling out.
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    some kind of random crap moss, or lava rock, or orchid bark, or mesquite chips.
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    A paper filter? Really? I guess it'd be worth a try... You don't have problems with them breaking down over time?
    I think I'm going to fill my smaller sized pots first - I should be able to use just perlite with those. I wasn't able to find much of a selection though, so I doubt it will be coarse enough for my big nursery pots. I have to make another trip to the hardware store soon so I'll probably just pick up a roll of screen like swords mentioned.
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