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    Help! Accidentally Fertilized Pings

    Help! I accidentally fertilized some Pings by getting my water jugs mixed up. The only thing I can think of is taking the Pings out, rinsing the roots and repotting in fresh potting mix with no nutrients. Do I have any other options?

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    You could also just rinse the pots thoroughly with purified water. Let the water drain and don't leave them in standing water, and do this for the next several waterings.
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    They are in a ceramic container that has no drainage holes.

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    Fill with purified water, drain, repeat. Repeat again, and again, until you feel you have reduced the excess fertilizer.
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    Im not sure ceramic is the best idea. I know some ceramic leaks minerals which can kill cp's.. Not sure bout pings specifically, but it kileld my baby nep once.

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    Ceramic itself does not leach minerals, Dooms. The problem is with ceramic pots that have been used to grow conventional plants; if the ceramic is porous and unglazed, it can absorb minerals from the conventional potting mix, and these are what leach back out and harm CPs. It's not the pot's fault - it's what was grown in it before that matters. A brand new ceramic pot is totally fine. You can also treat used pots with white vinegar to dissolve any salts they've absorbed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seedjar View Post
    Ceramic itself does not leach minerals, Dooms. The problem is with ceramic pots that have been used to grow conventional plants; if the ceramic is porous and unglazed, it can absorb minerals from the conventional potting mix, and these are what leach back out and harm CPs. It's not the pot's fault - it's what was grown in it before that matters. A brand new ceramic pot is totally fine. You can also treat used pots with white vinegar to dissolve any salts they've absorbed.
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    Ahh. That is so cool! I will keep that in mind whenever I think of using pre-used ceramic pots. But I really only use ceramic for Dewy Pines.

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    I think most of the time it's worth it to just go buy a new pot, so you know there's nothing in it. It's not too hard to get the salts out of a used pot, but terra cotta is super cheap so long as you're going to the right place. Might as well just spare yourself the guesswork.
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