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Old January 20, 2009   #1
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Default Turkey Fryer To Kill Root Knot nematodes?

I Just had a crazy Idea, Boil 5 gallon Batches of good soil to Kill root Knot Nematodes for Potted plants. I have lots of expensive good soil from last year. Unfortunately, the nematodes are there. I only want about 20 -30 five gallon buckets of soil this year, which is probably doable to sterilize. Question? How long do I need to boil the soil to eradicate these buggers? Thanks. If I could do it with one tank of gas or less it would be worth it for me. Just crack open a cold one on sunday, maybe super bowl sunday, and let those suckers fry,!!!!
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Old January 21, 2009   #2
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From here: Insect Treatments

And I thought you were a chemist; Vince!
Oh, I forgot this link also:
Root knot nematodes in gardens of mid-Missouri


Sugar Drench:
Target insects: Bad nematodes! Sugar also adds trace minerals to the soil.
  • Mix 1/2 a cup of sugar with 1 gallon of water. Stir to dissolve sugar. Pour on the soil around plant roots where you have had nematode problems or use as a treatment prior to planting.
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Old January 21, 2009   #3
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"Sugar Drench:
Target insects:
Bad nematodes! Sugar also adds trace minerals to the soil.
  • Mix 1/2 a cup of sugar with 1 gallon of water. Stir to dissolve sugar. Pour on the soil around plant roots where you have had nematode problems or use as a treatment prior to planting."
Polar_lace thanks for the info. However I would not recycle the soil without 100% eradication of these pests. From one of your links it says....

"Soil solarization can control root-knot nematodes. Soil temperature that reaches 125 degrees F for 30 minutes can kill root-knot."(Note it says can, not does for sure)

So if this is correct boiling the soil for a few minutes should probably eliminate these guys.

Anyone else have any useful info about what temps and how long to fry rootknot nematodes. Thanks.
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are there good nematoads? If so would u use them with lady bugs/ lacewing flys
I don't know what the he'll to do Jesse
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This sounded like a good idea at the time. It took about 20 minutes full blast to get the pot really bubbling. I think for the effort and amount of gas you use it is not practical. Moreover, the bottom of my alluminum turkey fryer began to collapse with the combination of the weight of the soil and high heat!
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Hey Vince,

Maybe you can start up your grill, and bake the soil in a turkey pan or something like it, for the size grill you have!

Maybe it's worth a try?

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Note: that page Polar posted awhile ago in another thread on
homemade potting mixes suggested baking garden loam in
an oven at 180F for 10 minutes to sterilize it, using a meat
thermometer to make sure that the soil gets to that
temperature before removing it. That stuff reeks, so doing it
outside on a barbecue is a better idea.
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