It is always recommended that you clean your pots before the next use.
Discard the dirt and drainage material, then scrub the pot down with vinegar
and water (this will take out the salt deposits and give the pot a revived
appearance). After scrubbing, soak the pot a couple of hours in a 10 to 1
mixture of water and bleach. Rinse and air dry.
It is possible that whatever caused the former occupant to die off was
something other than not watering or overwatering; ie "normal" causes, and
you never want the salt deposits passed on. This process should assure
sanitary conditions for the newcomer.
Green On! e.t.
Catherine Ann Nyberg <canyberg at ucdavis.edu> wrote in message
news:3757F321.2B1 at ucdavis.edu...
>> I am a student at UC Davis and I have a soil/potting question.
> I have several pots with soil in them that used to have plants in them
> before they died. Do I need to clean the pots or discard the soil
> before I replant the pots? Thanks for the help.
>> Catherine Nyberg