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A Tool Cleaning Tip

By Claudia
October 23, 2013

To easily clean and disinfect your pruners between plants, carry disposable disinfecting wipes with you. Wipe your pruners after each cut.

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Newyorkrita
Oct 22, 2013 6:03 PM CST
And much easier than my method of soaking cotton in rubbing alcohol and wiping the pruners.
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canadanna
Oct 22, 2013 6:23 PM CST
Do you wipe it after each cut or when you move on to the next plant?
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 22, 2013 6:25 PM CST
Great tip! I tip my hat to you.
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Oct 22, 2013 7:29 PM CST
Thanks for posting that!
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quietyard
Oct 22, 2013 7:33 PM CST
Great idea ! Like Rita I wet a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol when I feel the need to disinfect a tool. This would be so much easier ! Thumbs up
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plantladylin
Oct 23, 2013 6:31 AM CST
Claudia: Thanks for sharing this great tip! Thumbs up

I have a basket on my back porch with a few tools, a container of disinfectant wipes, a roll of paper towels and a spray bottle with isopropyl alcohol; the wipes are so convenient for this purpose!
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Claudia
Oct 23, 2013 8:26 AM CST
O my gosh...just saw this!! I was surprised!!!

I Thanks for all the comments. I found this to be such a great thing to do when I got into hostas and the problem with the Hosta Virus X.

Anna, I do it in between each plan since most of my plants only require a snip or two. But it if you have a large plant requiring a lot of pruning I would do it every few cuts.
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blue23rose
Oct 23, 2013 4:03 PM CST
Great tip, Claudia! I am watching for a disease on my roses called 'rose rosette disease'. I just found out about it this year. If I get it, the rose bush must be destroyed. It was mentioned cleaning in between pruning each bush can help with trying to stop the spread of the disease. Next spring, when I prune, I am going to clean the pruners between each cut or at the very least, between each shrub.
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jeri11
Oct 24, 2013 7:33 AM CST
Do you clean the clorex off the pruner before making your cut ? I did this last year on my burgs and where I cut the stalk it died back to the ground and my plants this year came up from the roots. I was wondering if maybe the clorex was too much?
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plantladylin
Oct 24, 2013 9:18 AM CST
Jeri: Your questions got me to googling. I'd always heard that Clorox Wipes didn't contain bleach and I use them all over the house sometimes on a daily basis. Sad Crying This information of the ingredients makes me a bit nervous: http://www.ehow.com/about_5468191_chemicals-clorox-wipes.htm...

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Claudia
Oct 24, 2013 1:13 PM CST
Jeri, I do not clean the clorex off the pruners and I have never had a problem. But it may effect some plants differently. I know some people who just use Isopropyl alcohol in a jar or dish and dip the pruners in it. I have done that too but made sure they were dry before I cut again.

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jeri11
Oct 24, 2013 3:17 PM CST
That maybe where I messed up Claudia. I never waited for it to dry. I just wiped and cut!!! No harm the other way b/c they are still over 9' tall and have bloomed since April even coming up from the roots.
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