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You've washed it as much as you possibly can. If there are living insects, you should be able to see them. There is a small possibility that there are still eggs on the plant, but I wouldn't worry about it. You can spray the plant with an systemic insecticide, which will treat the roots. Spray the plant not the roots. The best thing you can do at this ...


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Just add 1 part of Peat Moss or coco coir or compost , it will stop soil compaction , dont use perlite with regular soil it will simply crush the perlite


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There are tons of things that can be added to potting mix to add drainage. Pumice, Granite, Gravel, Scoria, Caclined Clay, Calcined Diatomaceous Earth, Perlite, Bark, best to avoid Sedimentary rocks, but some types will work just fine. Anything that is slow to break down will work, even Styrofoam, not that I recommend using, especially not with food crops,...


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I cut the bottoms from PET clear plastic bottles , sizes are not very large. I also have a couple ceramic coated aluminum frying pans thrown out by a neighbor, removed the handles. Occasionally you can find a plastic planting pot with no drain holes and cut off the bottom (they likely came with pond plants that love water).


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I use pie or cake tins, and sometimes small aluminum cookie sheets, purchased at garage sales or thrift shops for maybe 25 cents each. While not plastic, they're certainly durable. Eventually they'll rust inside, at which point I recycle and replace. Following Bamboo's and Stephie's advice, you could also purchase tons of old plates from these same sources, ...


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I'm pretty sure its not possible to make your own plastic 12 inch trays, but you may be able to find another way round it. I don't know whether you mean for use outdoors or indoors, nor whether you really need 12 inch trays rather than something a little smaller, but I save some recyclable plastic trays originally acquired as part of packaging on vegetables, ...


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Making the kind of plastic saucers sold at stores is nearly impossible unless you have access to plastic molding equipment. But I recommend you think outside the box and remember that they are called “saucers” for a reason - our grandmas probably used real saucers or plates, either very decorative ones matching decorated pots (think Victorian estates) or ...


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I use thrift stores. Sometimes I find actual clay plant saucers (.50 cents) but mostly I’ll buy dessert/salad plates to use as saucers. Often I can find Arcoroc clear glass cup saucers or patterned plates with bright colors or flowers. I never pay more than .50 cents for any of it and keeps it out of landfill.


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The short answer is NO. You can exactly melt plastic meld plastic in your basement. You could come up with ways around it by trying something else, like; make hypertufa then seal it. Then you spent just as much. Terra cotta are often less expensive than plastic. Try the dollar store. Pie tins are cheap. Keep an eye out for used one on a local website. Post ...


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