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re-using soil where mealy bugs were present on the plant?

14 years ago

I did a search but couldn't find any information about this...

I grew a lot of plants this Spring that ended up dying, for a variety of reasons - no doubt contributing to it was mealy bug infestation. Because I'm cheap and very into efficient gardening, I was wondering if it was safe to re-use the soil I potted these plants with (amending it, obviously). Would there be a risk of the soil harboring mealy bug eggs? Is there a period of time I should wait before this danger will have passed? (Presumably they can't live long in soil without a plant to feed on). Any thoughts? Thanks.


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