In addition to proper soil and sunlight, clean water is also a major necessity to grow healthy plants. Just like you, plants need clean water to live a healthy lifestyle. In some regions, groundwater contains higher levels of calcium and magnesium, which can contribute to salt buildup in soils. Many water supply plants have added fluoride and chlorine to water which can have a negative effect on the growth of your house-plants.
Salt and Other Soil Contaminates
Soils contaminated with saline have provided harsh living conditions for plants. You will often find this soil in the mountain and coastal regions due to low rainfall and minerals from rock deposits. If you live in any of these regions, make sure to adequately water your plants to prevent salt stress. Plants typically display yellow patches or a dry, burned appearance on leaf edges and tips. When irrigated over time with high-alkaline water, plants tend to become yellowed in appearance. This is due to either iron deficiencies, which worsen by alkaline water.
Water and Soil Testing
Testing is easy! Make sure to test your water and soil regularly. You can buy a test kit from your local home center or online. The kits will come with all you need to indicate the various contaminants in your water or soil. Just follow to instructions that come with your specific kit. You can also research local plants in your area you can send samples to.
To help minimize the effects that contaminated water has on your plants, here are a few tips;
- Allow chlorinated water to stand for several hours before watering. This allows evaporation of these additives and reduces the effects of chlorine and fluorine on sensitive plants.
- Irrigation with high-alkaline water may need to be balanced out by fertilizing with highly acidic fertilizers. This should be done with care and research, as many vegetable plants are easily damaged by ammonia-based fertilizers.
- Purchase a UV filtration system for your home to ensure clean water for your plants and family. UV rays penetrate harmful pathogens in your home’s water and destroy illness-causing microorganisms by attacking their DNA.
Finally, make sure you pay attention to the care instructions that come with your plants. These helpful tips will make your thumb a little greener and your plants happier. Comment below with some helpful tips on how you maintain your plants at home!