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Thread: What type of water do I use for my plants?

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    There is great debate over what types of water that you can/should use for your VFT and other CP's.

    I have the simple answer:

    USE ONLY DISTILLED WATER!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    You can find this at any grocery store for about a dollar. NO ALTERNATIVE TO THIS!! Drinking water, Spring water still have things in the water that are bad for the plants!!

    If you have the means... you can collect rain water (it is free - just not of the side of your house. ).

    If you have the money... you can buy a reverse osmosis filter (which will run into the 100&#36's of dollars ).


    Many people use their tap water for these plants. For some people it will work ( for a while ). Some water supplies are low in mineral content. It is the minerals ( along with sodium, cholrine and other chemicals ) that are in the water which is harmful for the fragile root system of the plant . Filling up a pitcher of water and letting it sit for a couple of days WILL remove some of the chemicals, BUT WILL NOT REMOVE the minerals. The water needs to be void of all possible mineral, sodium, chemical content to insure the survival of your plants.

    Over time minerals will build up in the soil and the plant will struggle.

    The SAFEST way to go with water for your plant is DISTILLED WATER.

    If you only have a few plants, a gallon will last a long time.





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    And if you have been using tap water or spring or mineral water. Don't forget to flush the minerals that may have been deposited in the soil, when you change to distilled water. To do this I suggest that you place the plant in the sink and pour distilled water from the top of the pot until it flows out the bottom drain holes. Do this a couple of times. Then let it drain in the sink for about an hour (as water logged soil can promote root rot) then place it back in it's tray of distilled water.

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    However, anyone with a large collection knows buying jugs of distilled will eventually lead to the buyer's demise.
    For two reasons:
    lugging jugs around town gets really tiring after a while, especially if you're 'lugging' 30+ gallons weekly.
    more importantly, you'll be saving a huge amount of cash in the long run by collecting rain or purchasing (or renting) an RO unit

    But as Jaie said, buying jugs is just fine for a smaller collection.
    Chris

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    Yep! That's what I use. An RO. They are great! Well if you have a large collection of 50 plants or more (like me) [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    I know there are a couple of options that exist for water...but I want everyone that is new to this know and understand that water will kill these plants faster than anything else.
    Distilled water is the easiest thing to aqcuire. So it is what I recommend.

    When collections start to get large, then you look for alternatives.

    But not until then!

    I can't tell you how many questions I get about water and the questions that are in the forums about water.

    1 option means no mistake :smile:

    DISTILLED WATER ONLY ( everything else will kill your plants! )

    It just can't get much easier than that.

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    I see where your coming from. Usually people on here have maby ohh.........i don't know maby 5-6 palnts in all and 1 to 2 gallons of DWater will last a LONG time! I know as I used to have only 3 CP's when I first got back into them after I killed about 25 VFT's when I was a kid. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Sad but true of course they probably where really poor condition to start off with. Anyhow but when your collection gets alot larger consider buying a RO system it is worht the money and you have to replace the prefilter every 5-6 months and the RO membrane every 1-2 years. Of course my collection is nearing around 80 plants and I need the RO. Just my way of more convienence. And it's great to drink! [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    I'm still shelling out huge amounts of cash for distilled water! And when I buy an RO unit (which will be this year), I'll be saving at least 50% annually. As you said, an RO unit is only practical if buying one saves you time and money in the long run. I've been looking around a lot, and have basically settled on a certain company:
    http://www.rosystems.com
    Their systems seem very high quality and trustworthy.

    Just a warning about drinking water water you've purified yourself is don't let it sit out for more than a few hours at room temperature--refridgerate it. You wouldn't want microbes harmless to your plants colonizing your personal drinking water. I just use one of those 'Brita' filters and it's great, but it's a little strange knowing my plants are 'drinking' much 'cleaner' water than I am. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    LMAO, when I saw that Jaie had started this thread my jaw hit the desk thinking he wasn't sure what to use for water. I was like no way, he does this for a living. LOL. I need coffee.

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