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Water Quality: It does make a difference.

This is a discussion on Water Quality: It does make a difference. within the Orchids Which are Exceptionally Sensitive to Water Quality forums, part of the General Information category; I use the water from my dehumidifier. They seem to like it. The most obvious ...

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    I use the water from my dehumidifier. They seem to like it.

    The most obvious are the Paphs - they arrived early in the summer with some root rot and some rot at the base of the oldest leaves (they had 3-4 leaves then). Using the dehumidifier allowed me to let them dry out a bit between watering with no apparent ill effects (which are reported with salty water especially when the roots dry a bit). One is growing rapidly and the other is progressing moderately currently.

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    Does everyone know you can out-gas the chlorine from your tap water? Fill a bucket and let it set uncovered overnight for the chlorine to slowly give itself up to the atmosphere! I learned that as a kid with aquariums and applied it to my budgies when I started breeding them. I water the orchids with water from my dehumidifier. Humidity in my basement runs 50 to 60% even with the dehumidifier running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindiras View Post
    Does everyone know you can out-gas the chlorine from your tap water? Fill a bucket and let it set uncovered overnight for the chlorine to slowly give itself up to the atmosphere! I learned that as a kid with aquariums and applied it to my budgies when I started breeding them. I water the orchids with water from my dehumidifier. Humidity in my basement runs 50 to 60% even with the dehumidifier running.
    Yes you can. If you put a bubbler in the bucket it will happen much quicker. OR get the de-chlorinator for aquarium water and it will do the same thing.

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    I use tap water for all mine except a few. The water comes from our chocolate river and is treated with chloramine, and probably fluorine, etc. before it goes through the tap as clear water. The water is usually near neutral but slightly alkaline. Phals, Cyms, Catts, Masd, Phrags, Paphs, onc all get the same water. Phrags are written in literature to be very sensitive to disolved solids but tap water has been fine for me as long as the media stays wet.

    Disas are especially intolerant of poor water so I water it with reverse osmosis. I just got mine and I hope I can bloom it soon. I also water phrag kovachii seedlings with R/O water just because it was so expensive, I won't take a chance with screwing up the seedlings with poor water (maybe when they are large plants I will use tap water).

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    I use the waste water out of my tropical aquarium when I perform my 25% weekly water change. The water has a pH of 6.7, and is very soft. I use a standard aquarium dechlorinator. All of my plants seem to do ok on it.

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    I think chloramines are much harder to evaporate off. I read that they stay in the water even if you let it sit open.

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    OK sorry to revive such an old thread but does chloramine damage the plants I bubble water to get the chlorine etc out and so far my plants are ok but I have only had them a relatively short time collecting rain water is hard for me I dont have anywhere I can put a water butt and have tried catching water in a big tray and i have to filter it as it gets muck in it and with summer coming I hope we wont have so much rain and I use a lot of water on my 50 or so plants its hard enough keeping up with bubbled water I have a wide variety of orchids including Paphs a PhragPhals Masdie Beallara Coelogyne Dendrobiums Tolumnia Catts Laelia oh I think I have one of everything not quite but a wide variety any advice is very welcome. It is the chloramine that bothers me.

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    Carrie, can you check with your local water provider to see if they use chloromines? If they are not using chloromine to treat your water, then maybe tap water will contue to be okay for you as long as you outgas the chlorine. If the local water department uses chloromines, what about a water filter of some kind?

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    We are pretty sure they use it. It was my husband who said I needed to find out if it harmed my orchids as I had never heard of it. I will see if I can get a couple of water filter jugs cheaply and try that they only hold a litre or so each and i use more than that though so I will have to think about what I can do.

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    I live in chicago and we have a lot of chlorine and who knows what else in the water, and I use straight tap water with NO modification (I do add fert occasionally) and my plants are blooming and growing great Sometimes I feel like we worry about these minute details a little too much...but maybe its me, I just don't have time to worry about it...my orchids are happy to get watered, period!! I feel like because chlorine is a volatile gas, it won't do too much harm - it just evaporates anyways...and even if the water was chlorine free, would it benefit the plant that much? I doubt it...I mean, we're not analyzing our orchids growth scientifically - we just want them to grow and bloom right? I think its most important to focus on proper watering techniques (as in watering frequency) as opposed to worrying about the stuff in your water, bc that is very hard to control...IMHO.

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