Water is the basic necessity of survival for every human being. Studies and research have concluded that a human cannot live without water for more than 3 days and that is why water is an important criterion. In the same way, the plant’s growth also depends on the type of water, by saying this I mean that plants also have preferences for water. If you hesitate to nurture your fish in a type of water, you probably should not use that water type for your plants as well. This article is going to be an eye-opener about the different types of water and whether or not they can be used for plants.
There are 5 fundamental types of water and different plants prefer different types of water. Let’s see in detail about all 5 types of water.
Distilled water, is free of toxins, contaminants and also some useful minerals and vitamins. It is also termed “dead water,” meaning that everything has been boiled out of it. Distilled water is produced when the steam of pure water is collected and then liquified. If you are trying to distil water that originates from a source like agricultural runoff, or a waterfall, trace quantities of pollutants may still be present. However, pollutants shouldn’t be a problem if you’re distilling your own water from the tap. Therefore, using distilled water for your plants is acceptable, however, you’ll notice that they won’t grow as tall or as rapidly as ones that are irrigated with rainfall or bottled spring water.
The tap water that we use every day is treated with softeners and it mostly consists of fluoride, salt, and chlorine. While most plants can withstand tap water, fluoride can harm plants with long, narrow leaves, especially plants like the spider plant. The tap water’s excess salt builds up in the soil and inhibits the roots’ ability to absorb water. So it’s advisable to use either distilled water or drinking water rather than tap water that has high salt and fluoride content.
The ideal kind of water for plants is rainwater that you can utilise. They don’t have a lot of contaminants, minerals, or salts that might hurt your indoor or outdoor potted plants. It is the best suited for plants depending on where and how you are collecting this type of water. Make sure you don’t gather rainwater from contaminated locations. The best way to collect and store the rainwater is by using a rain barrel. Make sure to clean the barrel before placing it in your yard to collect clean, fresh rainfall. You can move the water to another container for storage after collecting it.
Ever wondering if aquarium water can be used to water plants? If that’s what you are thinking, then yes aquarium water is great for plants! Although it still falls short of rainwater in terms of quality, it is still quite good to use it for your beauties. Aquarium water is basically tap water that is treated with softeners, so the water is already rid of harmful toxins and it also consists of small amounts of animal faeces that acts as a mild fertiliser. People occasionally fear that it may smell unpleasant, but in our experience, water from a fish tank doesn’t smell at all. So, just go for it and you shouldn’t have to worry about the fishy smell part.
Another excellent source of water for your potted plants is bottled water. It contains certain minerals, which are healthy that support the growth of the plant. The minerals in this water type may aid in the development of plants so your plants won’t require separate fertiliser supplies.
The issue with utilising bottled water is how pricey it can get. If you have a few potted plants, you might be able to utilise bottled water but it might not be practical for a sizable collection though.
Whatever type of water you use for your plants, make sure to use them at the right temperature. Your plants will suffer from problems like root rot or withering leaves if you use very hot or cold water. So, before utilising the water, make sure the temperature is ideal. Just a few steps like these in mind, will not cause any harm to your plants. Buy some cool collections of indoor plants at www.dharmikgardens.com