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InvisibleTRS
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how do i properly sterlize vermiculite?
    #2293103 - 02/02/04 03:35 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

i read that you can do it in the microwave but i dont know how to do it so that you keep the amount of moisture in there that is needed. whats the best way?


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Re: how do i properly sterlize vermiculite? [Re: TRS]
    #2293134 - 02/02/04 03:57 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

vermiculite is sterile straight from the bag but a lot of people like to pasteurize it anyway. If you're using just verm. by itself i'd just mix it with sterile water and not worry about cooking the verm.


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Re: how do i properly sterlize vermiculite? [Re: TRS]
    #2293136 - 02/02/04 03:58 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

It depends on your end goal. If you're gonna use pf tek then in the jar in pc is fine. As for microwave I've read lots of contradicting views on it's effectiveness. If you're wanting to start an outdoor garden or use it for casing etc I would use oven pasturization, it's worked for me so far. check it out I hope it helps.

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Re: how do i properly sterlize vermiculite? [Re: SkunkMonk]
    #2293260 - 02/02/04 04:54 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

thanks for the link, unfortunately i wont be able to use it just yet, although i will next time :smile:.  i shouldve mentioned, its for a casing.


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Re: how do i properly sterlize vermiculite? [Re: TRS]
    #2293295 - 02/02/04 05:24 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

pasturization is the best way to do it but if you are gonna put it in the microwave put it in the microwave in a tupperware container with a lid and put in on high for 5 minutes let cool a little stir it up and do another 5 minutes you may need to crack the lid of the tupperware or if you dont care aboy it put a a tiny hole in it most of the water will stay in it and if you cant get a tupperware with a lid oversoak it do the method as I said above and when you take it out with clean clean hands I use sergical gloves squeeze the verm to field capcity this is the easieast way but watch out its gonna be hot


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Re: how do i properly sterlize vermiculite? [Re: TRS]
    #2293417 - 02/02/04 07:29 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

TRS said:
i read that you can do it in the microwave but i dont know how to do it so that you keep the amount of moisture in there that is needed. whats the best way?




I did mine the same way I did straw... on the stove, in a pillow case, in a big pot at 160-170F for an hour. I cased on Saturday evening... getting excited, as i should start to see a pinset within a few days!:)


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Re: how do i properly sterlize vermiculite? [Re: ChiLong]
    #2293448 - 02/02/04 08:13 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

good luck I cased a week ago and no pins yet


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