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Thread: Would it be safe to collect rainwater for my CPs?

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    I started collecting rain in tubs and containers. After the rain I store the water in liter Pop containers and others downstairs in basement . When I need water for the tropicals in my Terrarium (neps, sundew, butterwort) and outside Sundews, bladderworts and american pitchers , I use that too. Only plants that have not survived are the VFT.
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    I collect rainwater. I have bunches of containers outside and after a rain, I dump it all in a rain barrel. I also fill jugs with water for the indoor CPs. When there is no rain, I buy RO water at the grocery store.

    Rain is good!

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    How is the Whitefly situation going?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (jimscott @ Oct. 18 2006,7:48)]How is the Whitefly situation going?
    I seemed to be getting it under control for a while there. But for some reason they seem to have multiplied over night now .

    I’ve been ‘wiping’ them off using a cotton-bud dipped in alcohol (read about that somewhere), but it seems if you don’t keep at it they just come back

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    Maybe a dilute insecticide that will kill the adult and the eggs when they hatch would work? Or would a temporary drowning (immersing the plants for a couple days) be feasible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (jimscott @ Oct. 18 2006,8:20)]Or would a temporary drowning (immersing the plants for a couple days) be feasible?
    Now I read about the drowning method somewhere too, but doesn't the plant need air? Drowning the whitefly won't drown the plant, will it?

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    I don't know how whitefly will respond to drowning, but I have used that method successfully, several times when dealing with aphids. When being immersed for a few days, it is enough time to kill the aphids, but not too much time to harm the plants. They will look like "drowned rats" for awhile, but fully recover.

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    ok so we know some about off roofs...what about from gutters?
    Alex
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    I still would not collect water form gutters. Too risky for me.

    Just place clean empty buckets outside in clear areas right before it rains. No harm done, and it's easy!!!
    -Joel from Southern California


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