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Can I 'cool' bark chippings in the oven to sterilise it?

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LaurieFairyCake Sat 13-Aug-16 15:01:05

I potted up some orchids in a big pot using bark . It's not bloody sterile and has thousands of tiny flies on it hmm

So starting again can I cook it in the oven to kill the larvae ?

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Sat 13-Aug-16 15:07:20

Mmmm, dead larvae in your oven?? I wouldn't!

Out2pasture Sat 13-Aug-16 15:19:46

I'd suspect the soil and over watering

LaurieFairyCake Sat 13-Aug-16 15:24:18

There's no soil. Just got the bark this week from the garden centre. Only tiny amount of water as it's just orchids.

LaurieFairyCake Sat 13-Aug-16 18:57:33

Ok, cooking the chippings worked and it's all potted up again - no flies now smile

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