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Covering the drainage hole of a bonsai pot with a plastic grid - Step by Step

Root cells need, like other plant cells, oxygen.

For that your bonsai soil should be well-drained and should have sufficiently large drainage holes in the bottom of the bonsai pot.

Especially with large drainage holes the substrate trickles after repotting from the drainage holes. Therefore, these openings are covered with plastic grids.

How to do that ? Quite simply. Just follow this step by step guide:

1. Cut a plastic net / grid with an old bonsai scissors.

It should be slightly larger than the drainage hole of the bonsai pot.

How to cover the drainage hole of a bonsai pot - cutting grid

2. Cut wire.

It is sufficient if the wire is about 3-4 times as long as the diameter of the drainage hole. 1.5mm aluminum wire is perfect for this. If the wire is thinner the grid slip easily during potting. If it is too thick, it can be difficult threading through and turn / bow it in the right position.

How to cover the drainage hole of a bonsai pot - Cut the wire

3. Bend the wire U-shaped.

The width of the U should match the diameter of the drainage hole.

How to cover the drainage hole of a bonsai pot - Bow wire U-shape

4. Place the grid above the drainage hole of the bonsai pot and insert the wire from the inside out.

How to cover the drainage hole of a bonsai pot

How to cover the drainage hole of a bonsai pot

How to cover the drainage hole of a bonsai pot - Bottom of the bonsai pot

5. Turn the bonsai pot and bend wire ends until they lie flat on the bottom.

How to cover the drainage hole of a bonsai pot - Turn the end of wire

6. If you want to make it especially nice bends the wire ends a little round.

How to cover the drainage hole of a bonsai pot

How to cover the drainage hole of a bonsai pot - Ready

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