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Help keeping sand in pots.

Roger Case rcase at rt66.com
Mon May 29 18:10:34 EST 1995

In article <3qdioe$it4 at newsbf02.news.aol.com> ejgold at aol.com (EJGOLD) writes:

>=Subject: Help keeping sand in pots.
>=From: max at life.cc.sunysb.edu (Daniel Taub)
>=Date: 25 May 1995 00:46:56 GMT
>=Message-ID: <3q0k20$qo0 at abel.cc.sunysb.edu>
>=I wonder if anyone has clever suggestions for conveniently plugging the 
>=holes in flower pots (while allowing very good drainage) when using pure 
>=sand as a growing medium. I've tried coffeee filters, which 
>=disintegrated, and duct-taping the holes, and putting pin holes in the 

>If you are doing large scale nursery production, the simplest and most
>effective way to go has to be window screen mesh. The plastic variety is
>available in rolls for bulk purchase and has a smaller apperture size than
>the galvinized wire type. You can probably even re-use it, given proper
>This works well for smaller scale uses as well, like a couple large
>terracotta pots. Just go to the local hardware store and look for a window
>screen patch kit.

Another suggestion is to go to anyone of the many hobby stores, or embroidery 
stores and get the plastic sheets that they sell for 30-70 cewnts each that 
are about 1 ft square.  cut out a small piece and use a small pice of copper 
wire to hold the plastic in place.  This is the technique that we who do 
Bonsai use for most all of our pots.  The [plastic doesn't rot like window 
sacreen, and is coarser than window screen  so it doesn;t clog -- the material 
is so cheap it can be thrown after use, or put it through the dishwasher or 
soak it in clorox to disnfectit and its completely reuseable.  

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