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    Nepenthes and tap water?

    Hey all,

    I have heard of people using tap water with nepenthes before. I was wondering if any of you have tried this and what your experience was.

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    The water in my area usually between 100-150 ppm. I've used it to water my plants for the entire time I've grown carnivorous plants. I haven't noticed it having any effect on any of the plants I've grown, nepenthes included. One thing about our water supply is that it does not have flouride added, which would probably have an effect on usability for plants. What's the ppm like in your area?

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    Tap water is often fine for Nepenthes, but tap water quality varies widely between locations. Do you know what the TDS of your water is? I've been using tap water on all my CPs lately, but it's only 35-40 TDS.

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    The use of tap water for any carnivores is based on the added chemicals and ppm in your local area. Plenty of people do use tap water, either for the hardier plants like Nepenthes (with a good soil flush every now and then) or if they're lucky for all their plants, but others like myself have tap that is way too hard for any carnivore.
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    Works fine for the neps I leave outside, I think my tap water is around 50-60 ppm but I haven't checked in a while. Still use RO water for the greenhouse though, I've got sphagnum growing in there.

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    I am unsure of my tds, but I always de-chlorinate my tap water for changing out my fish tank. Does anyone know of a resource for finding out my ads? I'm in central Ohio if that helps.
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    You can check this map, though it shows an average for each zip code and your tap water could be significantly different. For instance with my zip code, it shows the average being twice what my TDS meter indicates. Total Dissolved Solids

    The ideal thing would be to buy a TDS meter, which you can get on Amazon for <$20.

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    Thank you, nimbulan. The map says 198.4 tds, assuming that's about double the real amount that's ~100 tds. I'll look into a tds meter, thanks.
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