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Nov 2, 2021

Filtered Water for Plants? We say YES!

The Pure Water Systems Blog

We have recently seen a huge trend of having both indoor and outdoor plants featuring in our homes. Spending more and more time at home has fuelled our love of greenery in our spaces as we find our inner ‘greener thumb’.

Not only do plants enhance the overall appearance of our home, but they've also been shown to have immense health benefits such as boosting our moods, increasing creativity, reducing stress, and as an extra health benefit, assisting in the elimination of air pollutants.

In our quest for eating cleaner and living a more sustainable and healthy life, many of us are also growing our own herb gardens or potted herbs, adding them to our home recipes and even trying our luck at urban veggie gardens!

Within our homes, indoor plants and herbs don't just look good… they also make us feel good too.

So, if helping us become a healthier and happier version of ourselves is an incredibly fabulous by-product of adding fresh herbs to our plates or plants to our home or work environment, then we need to make sure we take the best care of our plants that we possibly can.

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We take care of our bodies through drinking healthy, filtered water, leading to the question…


Should you use filtered water for plants and gardens?

The simple answer is...  ABSOLUTELY we should!

Whether or not you have a green thumb, you should know the best way to give your plants a long life, is through clean water.

 

Why Filtered Water for Plants?

While you may not be able to see them, there are plenty of unwanted chemicals and contaminants lurking in tap water that even we humans can taste and smell. The most common chemical found in tap water is chlorine.

Our tap water is regulated and checked by suppliers before it is fed into our water network, however disinfectants such as chlorine are added to Australian town water supplies to reduce bacteria, parasites and other natural and synthetic contaminants.

Chlorine can kill viruses and bacteria commonly found in our water supply however there are some negatives that occur when ingesting chlorine. Some of these negative effects on humans include asthma symptoms and skin and lung irritations, along with an overall bad taste and smell in the water.

Chlorine can be toxic to plants, especially in high levels. It’s important to remember that plants are a living organism as well, so if you don’t want to drink or wash with chlorinated water, it is healthier not to water your plants with it either. 

It is not just chlorine that can be harmful to plants. Plants are especially sensitive to fluoride. Fluoride is added to water for dental health. It is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in soil, rocks and air. Fluoride can help with strengthening enamel, preventing cavities, rebuilding or remineralizing weakened enamel, reversing signs of tooth decay and preventing growth of oral bacteria.

According to Gardenoligist, the best way to figure out if your plant is sensitive or reacting poorly to fluoride is by checking the leaves for damage or a burned/browned look.

Some common plants that are sensitive to the fluoride found in tap water are;

• Spider plants
• Palms
• Dracaenas
• Peace Lily
• Bamboo
• Spineless Yucca
• Boston Fern

What Water Should You Give Your Plants?

There are two types of water that are perfect for plants: rain water and filtered water. 

Not everyone has access to pure rainwater each and every day, and rainwater that has been sitting in a tank for some time will also carry sediment and potentially harmful parasites. So, the BEST source of water for your plants is a home water filtration or purification system.

There is a home filtration system that can suit every household, from neatly plumbed under sink systems to easy DIY install portable solutions, in both reverse osmosis purifiers and activated carbon filtration systems.

For water filtration, Pure Water Systems has a range of home filter systems from the stylish and portable Bench Top Water Filter, to neatly installed Under Sink Systems which work great for people who love to have their kitchen bench free from clutter. For town water, both systems utilise the latest in carbon block technology for peace of mind.

Either way, Pure Water Systems has the perfect system to enable you to maintain a happy and healthy garden, indoor plants and herbs.

Our friendly Product Solutions Team are on hand and are happy to help you find the perfect filtration or purification system to meet your needs.

Call us today on 1300 808 966.

 

References

Gardenoligist

Healthline, 2019

Master Gardener

Queensland Health