?? on reusing pots

vall3fam(9 CentralCA)August 2, 2007

I recently repotted a AV I got from HD into a Oyama pot. Unfortunately, it got leaf mealy bugs. It was isolated, so it didn't infect any others and I treated it twice with malathion spray. It now has crown rot and I will probably throw it out rather than spend the time to save it.

Can I reuse the Oyama pot if I run it through the dishwasher? Or can it be reused with some other cleaning method? I hate to throw out a good pot, but don't want to chance infecting another plant.

Any good ideas?



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robitaillenancy1(zone 5)

An easier way to combat foliar mealies is with alcohol on a Q-Tip. No need to use harsh and dangerous chemicals.

You could try taking one leaf to save that plant.


    Bookmark   August 2, 2007 at 8:19AM
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irina_co(z5 CO)

Elaine -

if you soak your Oyama in a hot water with 1/3 Clorax and dishwashing soap - I am pretty sure that it will be clean. After that - wipe it with a rubbing alcohol. They cannot take alcohol.

But - the leaf mealies can park their eggs on the shelf, under the shelf, in all kind of nooks and crannies. I would spray the whole area with alcohol.

I agree with Nancy - Malathion is harsh - and it kills the growth point of the violet. And if you take a couple leaves right now, trim them - wash in alcohol, recut - and put for rooting - and send the rest of the plant to the garbage, you will get new happy plantlets and get rid of the pest.

good luck


    Bookmark   August 2, 2007 at 1:57PM
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vall3fam(9 CentralCA)

Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, I waited too long to take a leaf, as when I looked at it today, all the leaves are mushy. Oh, well, good lesson learned about pesticides, buying plants at HD, and keeping plants isolated. At least I got one of the three right! :)

I've got plenty others to occupy me for now!


    Bookmark   August 2, 2007 at 10:54PM
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