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    Brass and Nepenthes

    I have a question in regards to Nepenthes and a brass watering can I have my eye on.

    I read that they don't appreciate zinc - and brass being an alloy of copper and zinc, I presumed that it would be a no no. But I thought I would ask if anyone has experience with metals and sensitive plants


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    why do you want that one so badly?

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    It looks stunning in person (I'm a designer, and need to be surrounded by beautiful things)

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    I had brass watering cans for years, which had no effect whatsoever on my Nepenthes collection; however, I would not store water in metal cans for long periods of time . . .
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    Awesome. I think I'll risk it.

    Quote Originally Posted by BigBella View Post
    I had brass watering cans for years, which had no effect whatsoever on my Nepenthes collection; however, I would not store water in metal cans for long periods of time . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mork View Post
    Awesome. I think I'll risk it.
    Why don't you get a small cp of some kind (n. ventrata for example) and try it on that one plant first to see how it does. Or you could keep some distilled water in it for a week and measure the total dissolved solids, just be sure to measure it beforehand so you know how much it's increased. I know that seems like a lot, but it's better than putting your whole collection at risk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curtisconners View Post
    Why don't you get a small cp of some kind (n. ventrata for example) and try it on that one plant first to see how it does. Or you could keep some distilled water in it for a week and measure the total dissolved solids, just be sure to measure it beforehand so you know how much it's increased. I know that seems like a lot, but it's better than putting your whole collection at risk.
    Don't be absurd. Before the advent of plastic misting bottles and fashionable pails from Ikea, what do you suppose they were composed of? I would be far more concerned with the leachate from plastics. You'll also find more zinc and other metals (as a result of industry), present in many Canadian peat mosses -- a common ingredient in pitcher plant composts -- than what can possibly be contributed by a brass pitcher . . .
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    Ok, it appears that I was wrong.

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