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How Your Houseplants are Affected By Different Types of Water

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What’s the best way to make your houseplants grow strong and vibrant? Watering them. But often times, it’s easy to overlook what kind of water you’re feeding your plants. Tap water may cost less, but filtered water has many more advantages. Some tap water has harmful chemicals that can hurt you and your plants. Let’s take a look at the different types of water and their effects on houseplants…

Chlorine
Chlorine is often found in tap water and is used to kill diseases. Chlorine is a gas that evaporates out of water. That’s why you can smell chlorine. This has a terrible effect on houseplants and their growth. However, letting chlorine water sit and “breathe” for 24 hours before pouring it into your houseplants helps. Your water container also needs to be clean sot that the water going into your plants is pure.

Hard Water
There are some people whose tap water is what is called “hard water.” This simply means that the water has excessive amounts of minerals like magnesium or calcium. If this is your water, make sure not to use it on your houseplants.

Salt Water
Salt prevents the plants’ roots from absorbing water. This mineral forms around the plants’ cells, pulling water out of the plant as it starts settling in the soil. Although salt is found in tap water, the content is too low to be problematic.

Sugar Water
Unlike salt water, sugar causes bacteria to grow in the right environment. If you use this type of water, your houseplants will become unhealthy and die over time. It can also be a great place for fungus to grow, causing the same harmful effect on your plants.

Well Water
Well water nourishes houseplants. Since it comes from deep below ground, and it carries nutrients from the soil that plants need. It acts almost like a fertilizer, leading to greener and healthier plants. However, most people in urban areas are not privileged to this type of water.

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Bottled Water
This can get a little pricey. Not only that, but you never know where the water comes from or what types of contaminants are in its container.

Filtered Water
The best and most economical source for water is buying a whole house water filtration system. It provides chlorine free water that tastes great. Additionally, it removes heavy metals and pollutants that will give life back to your houseplants. You and your plants will benefit immensely from it.

Other notes: many times houseplants are killed due to over-watering. Before watering your plants, stick your finger in the soil about an inch down. If the soil is dry, water away. If the soil is still moist, there’s no need to water. Equally important factors to growing plants are sunlight and proper exposure.

For more information on whole house water filtration, visit http://www.filtercon.com or call us at 800-550-1995.

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http://www.earthtimes.org/green-blogs/green-living/detoxifying-houseplants-21-May-11/

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Nepal Earthquake Means Water Crisis

By now you’ve probably heard about the earthquake in Nepal that killed thousands of people and destroyed many homes. The earthquake was a 7.9 out of 10 on the Richter scale, enough to make most of the Nepal community flee to surrounding areas. This left them without food, shelter, and most importantly, water.

In emergencies like this one, clean water is not readily available to the people that have been affected by the distater. In the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake, refugee camps have been set up to take in the people that have been left without homes. The camps have been relying on military vehicles to bring them large tanks of clean water. After this disastrous earthquake, a large park at the center of Kathmandu has recently been converted into a government-constructed camp and has provided thousands of refugees with clean drinking water.

But, the CEO of the nonprofit WaterAid America says, “It will get worse before it gets better.” Lack of water, along with many other necessities, are becoming more scarce in the area even though many different groups have come in to help the communities of Nepali refugees. All we can do is support groups who do damage control and provide necessities to those in need.

If you’d like to read more about this disaster and the water crisis that has happened due to the Nepal earthquake, check out Newsweek’s article here.

Sources: Newsweek 4/29/15 “After Quake, Nepal Faces Water & Health Crisis”

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