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  Tool Cleaning (was Variegation in Anthuriums ? )
From: elizabeth at begoniac.com on 2002.03.04 at 08:48:47(8249)
> I think also that it would be wise for the near future, after
> the plant was destroyed, to dip pruners or any other cutting instruments
in
> alcohol in between working with each plant.

I was told that alcohol is not enough to kill a virus on cutting
instruments. Bleach would do it, but that is too
hard on the tools. Heat will work, so some bamboo growers use a blowtorch.

Elizabeth Mateus

From: "Celeste Whitlow" politicalamazon at charter.net> on 2002.03.04 at 17:30:23(8254)
I'm an environmental horticulture student at an agriculture-focused college,
and one of the greenhouse instructors recommended alcohol as the dipping
agent. We use a 1:10 bleach-water solution for surface disinfect when
planting seeds and doing plantings from cuttings, and that includes
disinfecting our tools, as well.

--Celeste

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