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Pruner Care and Maintenance

By Gymgirl
March 30, 2012

To avoid spreading disease, soak your garden pruners in a solution of bleach (at a ratio of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water) in between your cuttings, and after each use. Then rinse, dry, and spray with some WD-40. They'll be good as new, every time you reach for them!

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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Oct 22, 2011 7:59 PM CST
I'm so glad you posted this tip, gymgirl.

I can't tell you how many times I gone out to trim roses and bushes and thought "I'd better clean these clippers".

It would have been so easy to look it up on the Web to finally clean them and stop this haunting thought. But, I never looked it up.

Now, I find the answer / formula on All Things Plants!
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Paul2032
Oct 23, 2011 11:00 PM CST
I use Clorox Spray Cleaner on my pruners when trimming hosta but haven't worried about roses. I spray them and just wipe off. When I'm done I rinse them off and dry them and occasionally oil. My favorites pruners are probably 30 years old. I've bought several newer ones but always go back to my old favorites. One year I took them to a Christmas workshop held by a club I belonged to. I didn't get home with them and felt bad. The next year when we held the workshop and unpacked the supplies they were there. Thumbs up
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canadanna
Oct 24, 2011 7:26 AM CST
Good idea to use clorox. Gymgirl, do you keep a sprayer with the solution by your side? I think that would be the only way I could keep up that!
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Gymgirl
Oct 24, 2011 9:30 AM CST
I usually fill a tall plastic tub and keep it on the table when I'm puttering around with pruning. I sit the pruners in the tub between cuttings. Then, clean and oil them before putting them away for next time.

Anyone know where I can get the Coronas? HD stopped selling them. They had the cushioned red handles, and came in a pack with a large pruner and a bonus snipper for ~$12.

I tip my hat to you.
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CindiKS
Mar 29, 2012 6:19 PM CST
Amazon carries Coronas. (And Felcos...)
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Name: Steve
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steve_mass
Apr 2, 2012 5:37 AM CST
Bleach can be dangerous. I use Lysol virus killing wipes to clean my pruners in between working on different plants. I just carry a container of them in my tool bucket.
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Gymgirl
Jul 9, 2012 7:53 AM CST
Steve_mass,

I agree, bleach CAN be dangerous, depending on how much of it you're using for this disinfectant purpose.

A 9:1 ratio of water to bleach can be found on gardening forums all over. I haven't lost a plant yet using this formula.

Hugs!

Linda I tip my hat to you.
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paulgrow
Feb 3, 2013 10:59 AM CST
Bleach is no longer recommended to sterilize pruners.
Chlorine is an oxidizing agent that damages
metal.
Recommended product to sterilize pruners

3. Rubbing alcohol
2. Listerine
1. Lysol Spray
These will all get the job done without damaging pruners.
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