A New Use for Mesh Citrus Bags

Last week I bought a dwarf Meyer lemon tree to live in my kitchen. I’ve wanted one for a long time, and I was so excited when it finally arrived. Yesterday, I bought the pot to plant it in.

When I got home, I realized that the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot was too large for the rocks I had to go at the bottom. I was going to end up with rocks and dirt spilling everywhere, until I realized I had just the thing to fix it in my refrigerator.

Disclaimer: Please forgive the photos. It was late, and the lighting in my rental kitchen is less than stellar after about 2 pm.

Enter the mesh bag that citrus fruits come in. This one is from a bag of lemons (how apropos):

Mesh Citrus Bag

I cut it open so it was one flat piece, and then I folded it twice so the mesh was overlapping itself, and it fit in the bottom of the pot:

Mesh Citrus Bag as Drainage Helper

It worked perfectly! I layered in the rocks which then didn’t fall out of the hole in the bottom, and then charcoal and soil, and finally the lemon tree.

You can also use a coffee filter as a soil saver in a smaller potted plant; it’s one of our favorite gardening new uses. Have you come up with a brilliant new use recently, tell me in the comments, I’d love to hear them.


  1. Kristy J. W.

    Fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing

    May 1, 2013 at 4:36 pm
  2. Kathy Knight

    I use a clear plastic bundt cake carrier in my bathroom. On the bottom, I put the many little cosmetic bottles, vitamin bottles, etc. then cover with the clear top. Keeps them from getting dusty and having to be cleaned so often. Also gathers them in one neat spot.

    June 5, 2013 at 11:53 am
  3. Pam Becker

    I drink Crystal Light and use the containers. The label just slides off. I keep them in a drawer in my office and fill each with items I need there, keeping each in a separate container and using a sharpie to label the lid on top. Super organized for: binder clips, batteries, staples; erasers; lanyards; paper clips; mini post it notes, rubber bands, etc., etc., etc.

    July 21, 2013 at 7:01 pm

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