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

    So, I was wondering what people use to plug the drain holes in their pots; not to keep water from escaping, but just to prevent spilling out the dirt. I'm about to make up several dozen (possibly hundred) of those plain black nursery pots in preparation to divide a number of overgrown colonies of clumping 'dews. 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. The next alternative I can think of is rough gravel, but I don't have a cheap, clean supply handy. Suggestions?
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    a layer of LFS
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    Orchid bark or LFS.

    edit: or you could even use rocks if you clean them well.

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    If I'm only filling a few small pots, I'll use coco fiber. For more or for larger pots, I use fallen tree leaves from the previous fall. Crumple them a little and they won't block the holes and, even though most of the leaf will rot, the fibers/veins remain and provide enough structure. Your mileage may vary.
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    sphagnum moss. Holds moisture in it too!

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    Fiberglass screen mesh. If you know someone who has recently repaired a window or door screen they probably have some scrap left over.

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    Oh, fiberglass mesh is one that hadn't occured to me. Nice idea, NaN. Maybe I could use the scraps of bird netting I have lying around to a similar end...
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    I put a bit of dried LFS in the bottom of the pot.
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