This question comes up a lot in Our Members Area because a lot of members, including myself, recycle used nursery pots. Why? Because it’s crazy not to! These plastic nursery containers have no business in our landfills if small backyard growers like us can recycle them, make good use of them, and keep them out of the landfills.
Sorry about the video orientation, me and Cathy, a couple of rookies first time doing video with an I-phone. But . . . we can bring you more valuable content if we focus on getting things done instead of making them perfect. To be perfectly honest, I just don’t have time to go back and re-shoot a video that’s not perfect.
People ask, how should I sterilize used nursery containers before I use them?
I’ll tell you what I do, not what you should do. You decide.
Most nursery containers are black. When the sun hits them they heat up. I mean they really heat up, especially when empty. That heat dries them out completely. Fungi, insect and other things you need be concerned about need moisture in order to remain viable. There is no moisture in a stack of nursery pots sitting outside in the summer time.
That’s all the sterilization that my pots get. Plants are tough, they are resilient, they don’t need coddling! For years and years me and lots of other nursery folk that I know simply re-use the pot. If we had to rinse them in bleach or something it would be easier and cheaper to throw them away.
That’s how it happens in the real world. On the Internet it’s more like; “Oh my! I wouldn’t even think about re-using a nursery container without first sterilizing it. Why is that? Because on the Internet you are getting information from folks who have never worked in the trade. They just don’t know what happens in the real world.
Me? I’ve spent my entire adult life crawling around in the dirt on my hands and knees. The only things that I can share with you are things that actually happen in the real world.
Watch the movie to see how easy it is to separate used nursery containers that are stuck together. It works. Trust me it works.
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