HOW TO CLEAN PLANTERS FOR REUSE

How to Clean Planters For Reuse

Cleaning your previously used flower pots and planters properly is very important to maintain the health of your plants. Maintaining clean planters is easy and very economical, too. Why spend money replacing your planters or purchasing and repurchasing plants that are repeatedly killed because of a buildup of murderous diseases lurking in the planters.

Why Clean Your Planters

Over time planters can harbor disease and insects. Left unchecked, these diseases and insects only intensify and grow and will attack the new plants placed in the same soil. Cleaning you planters, including removing and replacing the soil, greatly decreases the chance of this occurring, therefore increasing your potential for healthy plants and big yields.

Along with diseases and insect infestations, salts build up in the soil over time. Don’t believe me? Just check the inside of your planters, along the sides where the soil meets the planters. Do you see a white film? That’s salt!

Salt build-up is never good. This will limit root growth and therefore plant growth. It is important that this is taken care of.

How To Clean Terra Cotta Pots

1.       Remove all dirt from the pot

– Brush away all visible dirt. It sometimes helps to use a brush with stiff bristles to help loosen the dirt that gets in the grooves of the terra cotta.

2.       Rinse with water (this also helps to remove the sometimes stubborn salt from the sides)

3.       Using a 10% solution of bleach-water, submerge pots and soak for 10 minutes

4.       Using clean water, soak pots for another 10 minutes (the rinse)

5.       Let the pots air dry

How to Clean Terra Cotta Planters
How to Clean Terra Cotta Planters

 

How To Clean Plastic Flower Pots

1.       Remove all dirt from the pot

– Brush away all visible dirt. It sometimes helps to use a brush with stiff bristles to help loosen the dirt that gets in the grooves of the terra cotta.

2.       Rinse with water (this also helps to remove the sometimes stubborn salt from the sides)

3.       Using a 10% solution of bleach-water, submerge pots and soak for 10 minutes. 

– Increasing the acidity of the solution also helps to kill bacteria. So feel free to add lemon juice or vinegar to the solution as well

4.       Let the pots air dry

How to Clean Plastic Flower Pots
How to Clean Plastic Flower Pots

 

With plastic pots, I do not do a second soak. I don’t know if the use of bleach will eventually harm or break down the plastic, but I have not had any problems so far.

Below is a YouTube video showing how this is done.

Happy Gardening!

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