What water to use for irrigation?

Very good and hot days! How are you? Would you like us to talk about what is the best water to water your plants? I will tell you everything you need to know about this topic. You already know: if you can irrigate with distilled water or with air conditioning, tricks to improve water quality… and much more!

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Watering can

The preferred water of all plants is rainwater . It is the one that has the right amount of minerals that helps them grow and perform all their vital functions. Now, if you live like me in a climate where rainfall is very scarce, or if it is concentrated only in a few months… what do we do? Well, the solution is to collect rainwater whenever possible, either in buckets or in 5l plastic bottles. However, the liters that we collect will not be enough for the whole year, so we have to use tap water , osmosis or distilled water .

Tap water

Tap water has better or worse quality depending on the autonomous community in which we find ourselves. In general, those where the rainfall is high, the quality will be reasonably better than in those areas where the climate is drier. In order not to have to complicate things too much, it will be enough to know if the water that comes out of the tap at home is drinkable , in which case we can use it to water practically all the plants, except the carnivorous ones.

If, on the other hand, we have water with a lot of lime, we can do two things:

  • For example, fill a bucket with water, and let it stand overnight.
  • Lower the pH by adding a few drops of lemon or vinegar (approximately 30ml) per liter of water.

This water will be very useful for watering those considered acidophilic (Japanese maples, azaleas, hydrangeas, etc.).

Distilled and osmosis water

Distilled water (including air conditioning 🙂 ) and osmosis water, unlike tap water, will help us water the most delicate plants: such as bonsai, or carnivorous. It is important to note that the distillate has practically no minerals, so if you choose to water the flowers or trees with it, you have to pay them periodically so that they do not lack anything.

Osmosis is, after rain, the best water there is. All plants will do wonderfully with it.

What water to use for irrigation?

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