Jolanta Nowak
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Sterilisation of equipment

I'm told that the serious bonsai enthusiast doesn't allow anything by way of e.g. pruning equipment to come near their prize specimens without first being sterilised.

Does anyone follow this rule and, if so, can they offer tips as to how to go about it?

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Jolanta Nowak,

While I am not as assiduous in this regard as I might be I do sterilize if I have any reason to suspect disease. Rubbing alcohol or a bleach solution can be used. Make sure to oil your tools lightly afterward. An aerosol oil such as WD40 is convenient.

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Gnome wrote:Jolanta Nowak,

While I am not as assiduous in this regard as I might be I do sterilize if I have any reason to suspect disease. Rubbing alcohol or a bleach solution can be used. Make sure to oil your tools lightly afterward. An aerosol oil such as WD40 is convenient.

Norm
Thanks for that.... but are you sure a mineral oil like this would be non toxic to plants??

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Jolanta Nowak,
Thanks for that.... but are you sure a mineral oil like this would be non toxic to plants??
You're welcome. I have never noticed any ill effects from using this product or other lightweight machine oils. Nearly all of it is wiped off in the cleaning process anyway and by the time you next use your tools you will hardly notice it.

If you are concerned about it there are specialty products available.

[url]https://www.hollowcreekbonsai.com/item32809.ctlg[/url]

Norm

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Jolanta Nowak,

This may be of interest to you as well.

[url]https://www.bonsai-bci.com/tools/toolcare.html[/url]

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