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Is Watering Plants With Softened Water Good Or Bad?

Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, eco-friendly, conservation, protection, water )

- 1685 days ago -
This is quite a common question we're asked from keen gardeners in the UK as well as America, so we thought we'd answer it as best we can to try and cover it once and for all. We'll be up front and say that we have no idea what the water sources are

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Past Member (0)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 11:43 am
We don't soften our water, but reading the article sent me on a Google search about my water. I found out that it's *Very Hard*, that it may be the culprit for my out of control hair, and what to do about it.
So, in a roundabout way, thanks very much for the article, Cher!

Birgit W (160)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 12:58 pm
It all depends on the plant. Some need softer water than others.

Sheila D (194)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 1:06 pm
Decided to get a few plants this spring. Haven't had any since moving in with someone - my plants all died. That tells you something about the bad vibes there. Anyway, soft water killed one plant and found out that the hard water is hurting the other...Damned if do use hard water, and if don't. Gave up and will not try again.

Jamie C (282)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 1:40 pm
Salt from the soft water will build up in the soil eventually killing your plant.

Lois J (63)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 2:35 pm
Noted w/thanks for this info, Cher.

Barbara K (60)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 2:57 pm
I have a lot of African Violet plants. Watering them with the city water here was killing them. I could tell by my skin & hair that the water was hard. So I started buying bottles of Distilled Water for them, and they thrive on it.

. (0)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 3:09 pm
When I had a well, I had very hard water, and had to add salt to my water softener. Fortunately, this balanced my water, and the water never effected my plants.

David F (39)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 5:07 pm

I would have thought the answer not to water plants with it obvious. But now you know.

Connie O (44)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 7:00 pm
I wondered about this...have used spring water for houseplants.

Barbara D (23)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 9:42 pm
I thought that the best water for plants was rain water, which is why those who can should be able to save it to use it for plants. As far as hardness of water goes, we know that Stow's drinking water is different from Garfield Hts. drinking water because we can taste the difference. This is why I know have a water filter.

Heidi A (5)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 9:45 pm
I too have wondered about this. Now, I know. Thank you for clearing up the issue.

Colleen L (3)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 11:37 pm
Good to know. I have lots of plants/flowers both indoors and outside. I try my best keeping them in good health. Thanks Cher

Karen C (112)
Friday October 11, 2013, 3:23 am
Thanks for this article-------I just use rain water.

Lindsay K (6)
Friday October 11, 2013, 8:54 am
Thanks for sharing

reft h (66)
Friday October 11, 2013, 11:39 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 3:57 am
I think we have enough rain here that you don't really need to water.
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