One of the most common questions we get asked is, “What Water Should I Use On My Plants?”. The water you use on your plant might just be one of the key things that can make your plant flourish or slowly kill it!
We’ve put together a list of some of the types of water that we feel you should use on your plant & those that we feel you should avoid.
Always make sure you research your plant online or on our plant care advice guides to see if your plant has any special water requirements.
Types of Water to Use on Most Plants
Tap water is the perfect everyday choice for watering your plants. It’s also one of the cheapest and easiest ways to water your plants. Water levels in some areas of the world may be too hard or too soft, if you find that your plants are looking a little sad when watering them, try using bottled water or filtered water.
Rain water is pretty much the best type of water for any indoor plant, it is what your plants would have been watered with in their natural habit, excluding the exhaust emissions, open-air coughing & COVID. Collect rain water in empty bottles when you can & give your indoor plants a treat.
Bottled water is an expensive luxury choice, but also ideal for most indoor plants as it is usually fortified with essential nutrients and minerals. Bottled water also usually has the perfect neutral pH level, most plants love this.
Filtered water is a great choice for indoor plants if you live in a hard water/soft water area but want the luxury of bottled water without the price tag. Filtered water has all the harmful toxins and negative trace elements removed from it.
This was a great recommendation from a friend. All you need to do is keep the water you use when you boil broccoli, just let cool for a couple of hours before you add it to your plants. Broccoli water is full of micronutrients such as Phosphorus, Nitrogen, and Calcium.
All five types of water above, have the essential minerals and nutrients that your plants need to thrive and survive.
Types of Water to Avoid Using on Most Plants
- Distilled Water
- Deionised Water
Both distilled water and deionised water are put through a process that removes 99.9% of their minerals and salts. This means that they no longer provide sufficient nutrient value to your plants and are pretty much useless.
There are a few plants that actually prefer distilled water as the salt & mineral levels of tap water can be too harsh. An example of this is the Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea Muscipula).