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What Type of Water is Best for your Plants ?
Water is not just Water....
Overall the Best water for your houseplants is rain water (when conserving water; every drop counts), distilled water or aquarium water.
However most of us use tap water when watering our houseplants so taking care to follow some water preparation tips will make for overall healthier and happier houseplants. The quality of tap water varies from region to region but unless you are on well water you will most likely have chlorine in your tap water and this is no friend to your houseplants.
Why is this Important?
Chlorine is a disinfectant added to drinking water to reduce or eliminate microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses, which can be present in water supplies. The addition of chlorine to our drinking water has greatly reduced the risk of waterborne diseases.
So although beneficial to our health to have chlorine added to water supply; Some plants are sensitive to the chlorine compounds in tap water, including chloramine. This includes Dracaenas (Dracaena), Ti plants (Cordyline), Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum), Prayer plants (Maranta), Calatheas (Calathea), Carnivorous plants and Airplants (Tillandsia's).If these plants are watered with heavily chlorinated water, it can cause the tips of the leaves to die and turn black. Lower levels of chlorine can lead to black spotting on the leaves.
Our water is not heavily chlorinated in our region but it can only help our plants grow healthier if we remove this chemical from the water we use to hydrate them.
Removing Chlorine from your Tap Water
It is very simple to remove chlorine from our tap water and we recommend that you make it a common practice every time you water. If you let your water dissipate (sit out) for 24 hours or more you will have let the chlorine evaporate out of the water.
Pro Tip: I fill my watering can after I am done watering my plants then storing my watering can away filled with water. This allows me to always have chlorine free water when needed. This also ensures perfect room temperature water, is ready to go. (Read more about water temp below).