POTS, CLAY: Sterilizing

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by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

Posted by Sys Admin almost 4 years ago.

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Bake them in a ceramics kiln; you need only 350 to 400 deg. F. to sterilize them. A70-427

Boiling them subjects them at best to only 212 deg. F.; best to bake them to 400 deg.F. for an hour. A72-332

Do not use chemicals; use a pressure cooker. A73-615

Place in water in a boiler and raise the temperature to 180 deg.Fc for half an hour. OA78-218

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