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    i use tap water one my plants ive been using it for over a year, but i let the water sit open container for over two days so the chemicals will disperse into the air. my plants look great and the continue to look better. Has anyone ever tried this i dont think distilled water and rain water are the types of water you can use does any agree.

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    Hi chin, using tap water depends on the chemistry of the water in your area and the plants you are growing, some plants like VFTs cannot take any nutrients in the soil while others like D. rotundifolia can take higher levels, also the higher the level of evaporation the quicker the minerals will build up in the soil so humidity has an effect on this too, and if your plants are outside rain can flush a great deal of the accumulating salts from the soil, or if you live in an area with a particularly low mineral content in the tap water then it will work just fine, if you call your city water supplier they should be able to provide you with a TDS (total disolved solids) reading, if I recall the cut off should be about 15. So as you can see there is a lot of factors to consider as to wether your water will work for your plants. Leaving the water out uncovered will allow the less stable chlorine compounds to evaporate but will not effect the mineral or organic salts.

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    Hi Chin,
    You are very fortunate to have such a good water supply. The water in my area is hard and my plants would most likely die if they were watered with tap water.

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    Hi Cp2k,

    I think I get my water directly from the east side of the sierras, I ussually use tap water mine is very pure and works great so far. It saves a lot of money having good water [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    DE has it right.

    Some tap water will be fine. Depending on what is in yours.

    HOWEVER


    To make sure that there are no holes for thinking of exceptions, I always say distilled water or rain water. That leaves nothing to the imagination.

    If your tap water works for you, stick with it. Over time there will be a build up of minerals in your soil, which will hurt the plants. It may take longer b/c of the makeup of your water, but it will happen.

    Also remember that people have gone through all of this and have found out what works and doesn't work ( FOR THEM ). Every situation is different and things that did not work for some WILL work for other and vise versa.

    The things that have been set forth as a guidline is to allow for the best possible outcome ( good water- plant alive, good light, humidity etc. ). It doesn't mean it is the only way, just a proven way!

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    You guys have it soo good! My water smells like pool water. I just said to heck with this! I went and bought an RO as some of you know. But how can you find out the ppm of the water? I think 25 and lower is great if I remember correctly. But I don't want to spend &#3630.00 ona darn TDS meter! I just want it tested. simple! Anyone know how to do this free of charge possibly?

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    Hi Noah,
    I can tell that my water supply isn't pure because of the mineral stains that develop on my window after the sprinkler water evaporates on the window.

    If anyone is using tap water I would recommend that once in a while (depending on how pure your water supply is) water the pot with distilled water and let it drain freely to leech out any mineral.

    Also note that some genus of Cps are much more tolerant than others about pure water i.e. mexican pinguicula, but that doesn't mean you should water with tap water unless your water supply is low in minerals.

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    Exactly.

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