How to Clean Plant Containers

Use winter or early spring to clean plant containers in readiness for the coming spring. This includes containers for large plants and containers for seeds and seedlings. Clean containers will ensure strong, healthy seedlings and plants.

Steps

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    Select all the containers in need of cleaning. Throw away any with cracks, chips or signs of weakness. Use recycling disposal where possible.
    • Terracotta pots which are cracked or broken can be used as broken pieces at the base of plant containers to help with drainage.
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    Make a weak solution of household bleach or detergent. Find a stiff cleaning brush. Using bleach or detergent will remove bacteria, viruses and fungus that could prove problematic for the new season's plants.
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    Wear gloves.
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    Dip the stiff brush into the solution and scrub inside and outside of each container. Replenish as often as needed with solution until the pot is clean.
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    Dry thoroughly before storing. Moisture can encourage growth of bacteria or mildew, so ensure each pot is dry first.
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    Store the containers. Group by size and stack in neat piles in a dry, clean place such as a greenhouse.

Tips

  • Seedling trays should also be cleaned this way.

Things You'll Need

  • Household bleach or detergent
  • Container for the solution
  • Stiff brush

Article Info

Categories: Gardening