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Do I sterilize the soilt b4 WSing?

Cary, NC(Zone 7b)

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


Alameda, CA(Zone 9b)

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,

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6a)

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.


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