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Sterilisation of equipment

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:47 pm
by Jolanta Nowak
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?

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:56 pm
by Gnome
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

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:00 pm
by Jolanta Nowak
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??

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:33 pm
by Gnome
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

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:44 pm
by Gnome
Jolanta Nowak,

This may be of interest to you as well.

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

Norm