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View Poll Results: What type of water do you use for your orchids?

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  • Rain Water (as much as possible)

    4 11.43%
  • R/O water

    4 11.43%
  • Purified (purchased drinking water)

    1 2.86%
  • Tap water

    21 60.00%
  • Well water

    2 5.71%
  • Mixture of some of the above

    5 14.29%
  • Water?? Maybe THAT'S why they always die!!

    1 2.86%
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This is a discussion on Watering Poll within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Rainwater. Collected from my roof(roof tiles are slate so basically inert) , i have about ...

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    Rainwater.
    Collected from my roof(roof tiles are slate so basically inert) , i have about 450litres capacity(100 gallons roughly).

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    Rain water? What's rain water (in northern Florida)? The well water in my new north Florida location is 250+ TDS, pH 7.8 - 8.3 with high [iron]. Not wanting to use Na softened water, I used the well water. After a year of poor plant growth, some of which might be attributable to water quality (hi pH and TDS), I switched to KCL in the softener and began using softened/treated water. I also purchased a pH meter and use "Downer" to adjust the pH into a range (5.8 - 6.5) suitable for the plants to make better use of available nutrients.

    I have a small 25x10' enclosed green house with about 150 generally hearty plants in only a few genera (nothing exotic). Even having switched half the collection to S/H, I still use 25 gallons of treated/adjusted water at a clip. In between waterings and cooling is done with straight treated water.

    If the collection were smaller or I was indoors, more expensive water alternatives might be an option. I tend to grow what grows for me. As my facility conditions and techniques get better, maybe the collection will diversify accordingly.

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    Rainwater when possible, otherwise its the water from the tap outside.
    Connie

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    I know your list couldn't include every possibility, but what about softened water now that KCl is available many places? I have well water as house water at the new place. The TDS is too high (250 plus) and the Fe is in the [colorful]. So treated, softened water was the only way to go with out resorting to the expense and ongoing complexities of RO water, which for 100 plus plants was out of my budget & patience.

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    I use rain water as often as possible, but tap when the weather is dry. I also have a small pond that I "steal" water from every so often. I think that the natural water is just better, I can't offer any scientific proof-but things just seem to be more responsive to rain or pond water over the tap.

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    My order of preference: a) Fish Pond or Aquarium water b) Rain Water, but be careful if it comes off the roof of the house and collected into a barrel. Because that would depend on the type of roofing you have.

    Stone? Vinyl? Tile? Metal? are OK, but wood roof ??? May be OK if it's an old roof, but I would be weary of what is leaching out of the wood. C) Tap water IF collected in a barrel and let sit for at least 24 hours to leach out any harmful chemicals such as Chlorine.

    I use a 32 gallon garbage can with a floating valve to leach out my tap water: See inserted pic.

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