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    I use the microwave, but less than 10 mins seems to work. I go around 6 mins, and nothing lives. I usually only microwave peat that I expect to sit a long before getting germination, like with the tuberous species, or for fungi sensitive species like D. indica and some Brazillian species. Usually the leaching by weatherization is enough when a top dressing of milled LFS is used.
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    Quote (Emesis @ April 03 2003,06:32)
    From AHS's Plant Propagation book, they suggest that you bake the moist planting mix in the oven for 30 mins, or you microwave on high for 10 mins. Moreover, they suggest that pouring boiling water over the mix.

    Which method do you use Tamlin?[/QUOTE]
    I use the microwave on the princaple that the microwaves kill small critters, not that it cooks them. I usually do 3 minutes and my pellots usually go 1-2 months befor anything even starts to show up.
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    I do five minutes, turn, then five more minutes. I tried a much longer time once and started the peat smoldering, lol. If you want to use clay pots, that might be an interesting approach to some tuberous seed and such that like fires to enhance germination.
    I tried boiling the milled sphagnum in the past, and I noticed it seemed to destroy the moss's resilience to fungus and such(it would get covered with spider web-like hairs).
    Tamlin, have you thought about initially wetting milled sphagnum in tap water, then rinsing it off in pure water? I thought of that since the stuff they put in tap water kills microbes and further waterings will always be with pure water so it should leach any chemicals left.

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    Quote (The Griffin @ April 09 2003,04:54)
    I do five minutes, turn, then five more minutes. I tried a much longer time once and started the peat smoldering, lol. If you want to use clay pots, that might be an interesting approach to some tuberous seed and such that like fires to enhance germination.
    I tried boiling the milled sphagnum in the past, and I noticed it seemed to destroy the moss's resilience to fungus and such(it would get covered with spider web-like hairs).
    Tamlin, have you thought about initially wetting milled sphagnum in tap water, then rinsing it off in pure water? I thought of that since the stuff they put in tap water kills microbes and further waterings will always be with pure water so it should leach any chemicals left.

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    I do that. First rinsed with tap water, then microwaved, then rinsed with distilled water [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    Ahhh, so that's how everyone saves their good water for plants. I was wondering how much water everyone basically just poured down the drain rinsing sand, perlite, or peat. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
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    Vertigo,

    The kicker is that perlite supposedly can build up a toxic level to cp of flourides, which our tap water has good amounts of. I would rinse perlite in pure water here. The tap water here is great for my teeth(did not go to the dentist for 18 years, and only one cavity).

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    Darcie,

    Does it pop and such when you nuke wet pet? I nuke mine dry, actually(hence the near fire).
    If I am potting stuff for outside, I don't nuke it. Why bother, when everything in the world can get in it.
    If I grew Utrics, I don't know if I would either,as there are thing sin the peat for them to eat, i would imagine.

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    Quote (The Griffin @ April 17 2003,12:47)
    Vertigo,

    The kicker is that perlite supposedly can build up a toxic level to cp of flourides, which our tap water has good amounts of. I would rinse perlite in pure water here. The tap water here is great for my teeth(did not go to the dentist for 18 years, and only one cavity).

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    Flouride is toxic in general. I can't see the amount in drinking water reaching toxic levels just rinsing perlight, but whatever.
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