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Old 04-22-2009, 07:44 AM
 
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Couple of weeks ago, I repotted a plant, and sadly, it did not make it. I have a new (baby) plant I purchased yesterday, that needs to be transferred to a bigger 6" pot, and I would like to know if it is ok to use the soil from the pot of the deceased plant. It's almost a full bag of soil, and if I can salvage it, that will be good. If I should not, why is it a bad idea? Thanks.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Spring/The Woodlands area
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Do you know why the plant died? If it had a desease, it could transmit to your new plant. I have done it before, and had sucess and failures. You can also treat the soil first and then wait the amount of time, but by the time you do this, you probably could have bought new soil.. I would say do it if the plant is not that expensive and you wont be broken hearted if it dies!
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:53 AM
 
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Thanks DotLib. I think the plant died because I goofed while repotting. I think it was struggling, and did not realize repotting at that time was a mistake.
How can I treat the soil? I don't know that much abt gardening etc. I suppose I could just toss the soil in the yard like always. Thanks.
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Old 04-22-2009, 11:12 AM
 
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Thanks DotLib. I think the plant died because I goofed while repotting. I think it was struggling, and did not realize repotting at that time was a mistake.
How can I treat the soil? I don't know that much abt gardening etc. I suppose I could just toss the soil in the yard like always. Thanks.
Hi BonVivant,

You may run the risk of a disease if it was the problem but if you shocked the plant too much and you are certain, then go ahead and use it.

In general you can typically recycle your soil medium. If you grow vegetables, with it just add compost. If disease is a concern then you can solarize it. Put the soil in a clear or black plastic bag for a month in the summer and it should denature any pathogen. You can then mix with good compost. I tend to have potting soil mixes that I would rather reuse given the peat and vermiculite I have in it.
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Old 04-22-2009, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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Pour it into a 5 gallon bucket. Fill with boiling water to cover the soil. Cover and leave overnight to cool. Drain the water and it should be just fine if you are worried about disease. Indoors, it can be tricky reusing. If it were for outdoor containers, I wouldn't thinking twice.
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Old 05-02-2009, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I also reuse old potting soil by filling up the bottom half of large containers with it before I put in new soil mix each year. I used to use packing peanuts in a plastic bag for the light weight and good drainager needed but found old potting soil works just great as most roots in a container never get close to it any way. Waste not want not!!!!
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:09 AM
 
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I also reuse old potting soil by filling up the bottom half of large containers with it before I put in new soil mix each year. I used to use packing peanuts in a plastic bag for the light weight and good drainager needed but found old potting soil works just great as most roots in a container never get close to it any way. Waste not want not!!!!
I do the same!
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:56 AM
 
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Packing peanuts? Really? Is this true? I would've thought they'd be toxic, seeing that styrofoam in any form is bad for the environment! What a surprise. Tell me more.
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:04 PM
 
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I have big pots of annuals lining my driveway. In order to save soil I fill the pots halfway with plastic soda bottles to take up space. Makes for good drainage and they don't rust or rot.
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:29 PM
 
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M wife put the soil in the wheel barror then some compost and alittle fertizer mixes tit up good and then repots her plants. I know beause I am her mixer machine.
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