Why are we going to talk about spring cleaning in February? Because at Green Connection we are already getting set for Spring! This February we are going to give it a go with growing some zonal geraniums. We ordered plugs from a wholesaler in Colorado and they have arrived. We have Rocky Mountain White, Red, and Dark Red varieties.
This week I wanted to share some sanitizing tips that we have implemented in our greenhouse to keep our plants safe from disease and insects.
I started out the season by sanitizing EVERYTHING with bleach. I washed the floor of the growing area, the tables I would be using, the light fixture (minus the bulbs), the flats, and the pots. Just keep in mind that diluted bleach does have a shelf life.
After a few hours diluted bleach is only half effective as it was when it was originally mixed. Eventually if you leave a bleach puddle on the floor it will become just a regular water puddle on the floor, which can host various pathogens.
At some growing supplies stores around town you can find different sanitization products that are specifically for killing plant pathogens. Those products are just as, if not, more effective than bleach.
Why should you sanitize EVERYTHING? Because nothing is safe! Too dramatic? I don’t think so. Imagine fungal spores and bacteria EVERYWHERE and they are ready for lunch. By cleaning everything you can possibly imagine you can sleep a little better at night knowing you did your best to keep your plants healthy.