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Winter Sowing: Do I sterilize the soilt b4 WSing?

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rebecca30
Cary, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 24, 2007
1:17 AM

Post #4323129

Do I need to sterlize the soil before WS ing? And if so, how?

r30
Susan_C
Alameda, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 24, 2007
11:53 AM

Post #4323996

Hi Rebecca,

Potting soil mix is already sterilized, so there is no need for you to do anything. Lots of folks use either MiracleGro potting soil or Promix because these 2 seem to be of good quality and to give consistently good results. If you were to use soil from your garden, you might want to sterilize it, but it really is best to go with a commercial potting soil. -My understanding is sterilizing soil is a long and VERY stinky process done by cooking the soil in the oven or microwave.

Hope that helped,
Susan
kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

December 24, 2007
1:43 PM

Post #4324112

I've had great results without sterilizing either potting mix or containers. My milk jugs are just rinsed well in plain tap water. If I get a stinky one from someone else, I'll use a little bleach water to kill the smell.

Karen

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