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pot cleaning

Post by brianc » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:54 pm

Hi all.
prior to seed sowing would sterilising my pots in baby feeding bottle cleaner help as an alternative
to boiling them? i assume i would still have to sterilise my compost.
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Re: pot cleaning

Post by FaeLLe » Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:09 pm

I just turn my hot water tap to max and show it under the sink then let the water fill till the brim and let it cool.
Similarly I treat my grit and pumice as required.

Things like potting mix usually comes out of a sterlised sealed pack (I dont use John Innes but the special Cactus Focus Repotting Mix which is sold by Kew and Amazon) augmented with grit etc. but in case it has been open for a while I just microwave it two or three times for several minutes (with gaps in between).
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Re: pot cleaning

Post by Phil_SK » Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:25 pm

Yes, or bleach.
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Re: pot cleaning

Post by FaeLLe » Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:33 pm

Also I hope your baby does not need the bottle sterliser anymore... would not share it for sure!
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Re: pot cleaning

Post by fruit » Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:25 pm

I have always used Jeyes Fluid for pots and greenhouses - and slimy paths
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Re: pot cleaning

Post by Chris L » Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:46 pm

FaeLLe wrote:Also I hope your baby does not need the bottle sterliser anymore... would not share it for sure!
It'll be alright - we all use the microwave/oven to sterilise the soil.......

My own personal preference for cleaning pots is the dishwasher followed by drying in the tumble dryer. :shock:

[joke :wink: ]
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Re: pot cleaning

Post by purzo » Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:55 pm

I use the microwave for the pots as well. We have a redundant microwave for use in the greenhouse so don't have to worry about getting compost flavours in our warmed up curry.
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Re: pot cleaning

Post by Chris L » Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:40 pm

I've often wondered if we'd just be better accepting that moss is going to grow, baggie the compost 6 months before we want it and then pull all the moss off the top before reusing the compost that is left in the pot.

i.e. remove the top layer (with the moss) and then sow the seeds on the clean surface before re-bagging.
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Re: pot cleaning

Post by ralphrmartin » Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:35 pm

I wish all my pots in the dishwasher :shock:

I sow my seeds in a purely mineral compost, which avoids problems with moss and stuff. I also use chinosol as a disinfectant.

Compost = sand, fine grit, perlite (seed grade), cat litter, vermiculite (seed grade)
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Re: pot cleaning

Post by Keith H » Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:50 am

Chris L wrote:
FaeLLe wrote:Also I hope your baby does not need the bottle sterliser anymore... would not share it for sure!
It'll be alright - we all use the microwave/oven to sterilise the soil.......

My own personal preference for cleaning pots is the dishwasher followed by drying in the tumble dryer. :shock:

[joke :wink: ]
You may be joking Chris but I did try using the dishwasher for cleaning plant pots, it worked quite well for the first couple of loads untill the grit and sand clogged the spray bars and pump. It took all day to strip down and clean the dishwasher but I never did get it to work properly after the pot wash sessions, we now have a new dishwasher. :eek:
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