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5. I've chosen my largest S/H pot - 8.5" and extra tall, and start with styrofoam squiggles (they're just like peanuts) on the bottom.
6. Then I fill in about one layer above the styrofoam with the clay pellets - a few of them drop in between them, but I think that's okay.
7. These 2 small holes are punched into the side of the pot about an inch or so from the bottom. They are quite small, and they're the only holes in this pot, but when I water my plants, any water that fills the pot to over those holes will drain out, leaving a reservoir about an inch deep.
8. The plant has been rinsed with a strong spray of tap water, then cleaned a little further (this is when some yucky tiny caterpillar/centipede-type thins crawled out, so I picked off the ones I saw and then doused the whole plant in insecticide. After that, for good measure, I soaked it in a really diluted bath of Physan. Now it is ready to be held straight and centered in the pot, and the clay pellets put in by small handfuls evenly all around, and tap the pot lightly to settle them in place.