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How To Clean Terra Cotta Pots, Keep Your Plants' Homes clean


 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 6:28 pm    Post subject: How To Clean Terra Cotta Pots, Keep Your Plants' Homes clean Reply with quote

How To Clean Terra Cotta Pots - Keep Your Plants' Homes Healthy And Clean
By Nicholas Scoville

Cleaning your Terra Cotta pots is not difficult and can have great benefits for your plants. When you fertilize your plants, it helps them grow healthy and strong, but the fertilizer can stain the terra cotta pots. Terra Cotta is a porous material that will also draw out the minerals in the soil. These stains are not only unsightly, but plant diseases could actually be living inside these deposits. Before moving any new plants to an old Terra Cotta Pot, it is a good idea to use the following steps to clean the pot.

. A selection of terracotta pots requiring cleaning, photo / pic / image.

1. Soak the Terra Cotta pot overnight in a mixture of ten parts of water to one part bleach. It is easiest to use a plastic five gallon bucket for smaller pots, and a rubbish bin or bathtub for larger pots. The more time the Terra Cotta pot spends in the solution, the easier it will be to clean.

2. Use a wire brush to scrub the inside of the pot. You may need to use a scrapper or razor blade for particularly stubborn sections. Be careful not to use too much force, so you don't damage the pot, or yourself.

3. Soak in clean water to remove all bleach after you have thoroughly scrubbed the Terra Cotta pot. It is important to remove all traces of the bleach, or it can harm your new plants.

Cleaning your Terra Cotta pots before you introduce new plants is a very healthy thing to do for your garden, and your plants will love you for it. Just make sure you have removed all vestiges of bleach before you introduce the new plants.

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