clay pots

Polly381(5/6)October 20, 2012

Hubby and I were at a flea mkt today and he found some clay pots in a box for 5.00. We bought them and it Turns out there were 30 pots in that box.

They range from 8 in on down. Now I have some pots for starting plants.

Any suggestions as to cleaning them before I use them? Any thing special I should do?

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good buy!
Take pots outside, brush off extra dirt with stiff brush.
Fill bucket with water & bit of dish soap.
Use the brush or a rag. Then rinse. Let dry.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 6:21PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

..... or, soak in a 10% household bleach solution (9 water:1 bleach)for an hour or so. Let dry. Rinsing or washing out the pots is optional (I do both). Do it in the shade - sunlight inhibits the antimicrobial properties of bleach.


    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 6:47PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Boiled water. Thats what i use, no chemicals just boiled water.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 6:54PM
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wow thanks Sherry, Al and Larry. I was curious, I usually use bleach and water. Interesting about the sun inhibiting the antimicrobial properties of bleach. I didnt know that.
They arent real dirty but I want to make sure there aren't any interlopers in the pots.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 7:34PM
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tifflj(6 Pitts, PA)

Oh boy. Why do you have to wash out clay pots? Geesh, I have two and I didnt do that. And I want to eventualy pot all plants in clay once they are ready for a repot.

Great question Polly!!! I brought some sun back...its real nice here in PGH today how about where you are?

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 3:31PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Because clay pots are more likely to harbour micro bugs, fungi, bacteria eyc, that are hard to get rid of. Clay is porous so, unlike plastic, the surface is 'grippy', so algae and fungi can get a handhold easily.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 4:54PM
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HI Tiff, thanks for bringing the sunshine,it was a beautiful today. Can we skip winter and go right to spring? LOL
If my clay pots were new, I wouldnt wash them but I would soak them in water so they absorb it. These were used and I dont know where they were stored or if someone had plants with pests so its always better to be safe then sorry.
Glad your back, hows your new plant doing? And hows Hubby, ia he over his food poisioning?

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 5:09PM
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tifflj(6 Pitts, PA)

@ Polly. Glad to be back woman! Vegas is not for us. Although the hotel was to die for, Vegas itself is nothing to write home about, in my opinion. We Stayed at the Wynn...the naked prince harry scandel place...
I didnt get the new plant yet. I told my mom to hold on to it until the new house and till I get a handle on what I already have. I dont want to take on too much at once. I am just starting to get used to what I have and I am getting a care package this week with some new plants. So I have enough to keep me busy for the winter now. Although it is to hard when walking through the store to pass up something eye catching...hubby would kill me if I added anything else right now. HAHA. He loves them all but knows I cant over take the inlaws with plants. My comment is why not. Add some life to the place!@!
Hubby is doing great now, thank you for asking. Bot he had it bad. I felt awful. I had no idea what to do. It was nice for me only in that because of him being sick we spent the whole afternoon and evening Thursday night in bed. I love it. And the bed was so heavenly, it was just like laying of puffy clouds. omgoodness!

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 9:41PM
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I have had food poisoning a few times. Once you have had it you are more susceptible. Glad hes feeling better.
Do you have a date for move in?
Yeah vegas wasnt for us either. We like the green lush woods and the water.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 12:32AM
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