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    Why can't I use tap water?

    Okay, so there's all this talk about pings liking lime in their medium, making it alkaline for them.... If this is the case, why can't I water them with regular tap water? If they're so indiferent to the medium and actually can tolerate alkaline conditions, is it possible to forgo using RO and just water them from the tap?
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    I've heard of some people growing certain ping hybirds with orchids as a form of pest control. The impression I got is that they were given the SAME conditions as the orchids -- orchid mix soil, standard water, etc.

    Who knows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brokken View Post
    Okay, so there's all this talk about pings liking lime in their medium, making it alkaline for them.... If this is the case, why can't I water them with regular tap water? If they're so indiferent to the medium and actually can tolerate alkaline conditions, is it possible to forgo using RO and just water them from the tap?
    I was wondering the same thing about Drosophyllum and them liking alkaline conditions.

    For those that don't know, our water in this part Bay Area is horribly hard and filled with calcium and other minerals.
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    Maybe the minerals are simply the wrong kind. (As far as I know, there is no plant that likes water with high amounts of copper).
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    I would try it. Make sure to make sure to let the water sit first. Maybe you can mix RO and tap...I've thought about that one. Experiment on a ping!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDCPs View Post
    Make sure to make sure to let the water sit first.
    What does letting it sit do? Remove chlorine?
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    If you live in western Oregon you can use tap water on all your plants.

    Except really picky NT utrics, haha.

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    too bad.
    we get the hetch hetchy supply up here. you should move up north!
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