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    Sterilizing peat moss/perlite

    A friend of mine told me baking the media will prevent algae growth and those weird pests in the soil.

    What temperature should I put it in the oven? How long?

    Thanks

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    Microwave. 4-6" pots, 5 mins. BAM. Heats wayyy more evenly than an oven. The media must be wet for the microwave to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theplantman View Post
    Microwave. 4-6" pots, 5 mins. BAM. Heats wayyy more evenly than an oven. The media must be wet for the microwave to work.
    Well.... my microwave got wrecked the last time I used it to sterilize my media. And I haven't got it repaired, so I can only stick to oven for now .

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    Keep an eye out for craigslist and yard sales. Usually they'll got for like $5. I doubled up on really crappy ones, stick em in the greenhouse, and sterilize twice as fast as if I had one.

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