Is there anyway to make store-bought plants safe?

scarhbar23

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As the title states, is there anyways to make the plants safe to plant in the enclosure for my tort? I’m assuming no, and I just need to grow them myself, but those dang succulents take forever to grow. Hoping there’s a chance!
 

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From what I understand if you give the plants new dirt, so that you know the dirt is safe, and you wait 6 months to a year so that the plant has rid itself of any pesticides. Then it is safe.
 

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Would that change if I find it in the wild?
Of course.

Store bought decorative plants are required to be grown with systemic pesticides. It takes a year for theses pesticides to dissipate. A plant growing wild somewhere wouldn't have these pesticides.
 

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Of course.

Store bought decorative plants are required to be grown with systemic pesticides. It takes a year for theses pesticides to dissipate. A plant growing wild somewhere wouldn't have these pesticides.
Ahh I should clarify; not “wild” like far out in nature, but as in an empty lot by my neighbor’s house. I’ve never seen them spray for pesticides over there, but I don’t want to take any chances
 

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Ahh I should clarify; not “wild” like far out in nature, but as in an empty lot by my neighbor’s house. I’ve never seen them spray for pesticides over there, but I don’t want to take any chances
I look for bugs and make sure the plants look "right". Spiders, ants, caterpillars and leaf damage from bugs are all good indicators that there are no pesticides. When they spray weed killers, the plants discolor pretty quickly.
 

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I look for bugs and make sure the plants look "right". Spiders, ants, caterpillars and leaf damage from bugs are all good indicators that there are no pesticides. When they spray weed killers, the plants discolor pretty quickly.
Ah ok, cool! Maybe just quarantine them a couple weeks or so?
 

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Ah ok, cool! Maybe just quarantine them a couple weeks or so?
That wouldn't hurt, but if you see bugs and bug damage, probably not needed. I've never tried to transplant weeds and such. I just collect it and feed it out.
 
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