Types of Water
Login
User Name
Password   


Registration is FREE. Click to become a member of OrchidBoard community
(You're NOT logged in)

menu menu

Sponsor
Donate Now
and become
Forum Supporter.

Types of Water
Many perks!
<...more...>


Sponsor
 

Google


Fauna Top Sites
LOG IN/REGISTER TO CLOSE THIS ADVERTISEMENT
  #1  
Old 03-11-2022, 12:17 AM
HiOrcDen HiOrcDen is offline
Senior Member
 

Join Date: Jan 2016
Zone: 10b
Location: Coastal SoCal
Posts: 153
Types of Water Male
Question Types of Water

So I know that with certain plants, distilled water is specified. Is there a minimal 'condition' for water for all Orchids. For example, I recall reading that you should leave water out overnight for watering all orchids. Is this right?

Even if not required, are there benefits to using certain types of water such as distilled, spring water, etc.? Or could it be dangerous, if the plant is used to tap water?

One seller even told me they use well water, so how should I continue this treatment?

Thanks in advance!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-11-2022, 01:17 AM
Dimples Dimples is offline
Senior Member
 

Join Date: Jan 2022
Zone: 9b
Location: San Diego
Posts: 359
Types of Water
Default

Leaving water out overnight to let chlorine evaporate is an outdated method. Most municipal suppliers use chloramine now and that doesnít off gas. Leaving it out overnight to bring it to room temperature can be useful in cold conditions.

There is no standard quality for well water. Well water quality is regionally influenced. In some areas (like Southern California) the water will be high in dissolved minerals. Our well at work in San Marcos tested around 1,200ppm total dissolved solids, lots of calcium and magnesium but also a lot of sodium and chloride and other not so awesome inclusions. Well water in other areas can be very low in minerals, itís all related to the local geographic and ecological conditions. I drank well water in NC that rivaled RO water.

Run of the mill orchids will be fine with tap water if thatís all you have. Sensitive species may need distilled or RO water. If you flush the medium regularly it will minimize mineral buildup from hard water.
Reply With Quote
Post Thanks / Like - 4 Likes
  #3  
Old 03-11-2022, 07:56 AM
Ray's Avatar
Ray Ray is offline
Senior Member
 

Join Date: May 2005
Member of:AOS
Location: Oak Island NC
Posts: 13,865
Types of Water Male
Default

Extending Dimplesí excellent response a bit - all orchids can benefit from the use of pure water. Itís what they get in nature, after all.

Pure water with a trace of complete fertilizer on a regular basis will yield healthier plants.
__________________
Ray Barkalow, Orchid Iconoclast
FIRSTRAYS.COM
Reply With Quote
Post Thanks / Like - 2 Likes
Likes Dimples, lobotomizedgoat liked this post
  #4  
Old 03-11-2022, 12:43 PM
Roberta's Avatar
Roberta Roberta is offline
Super Moderator
 

Join Date: Jun 2008
Zone: 10a
Location: Coastal southern California, USA
Posts: 9,977
Types of Water Female
Default

What Dimples says is right on... First, most orchids aren't all that sensitive. At the Huntington Botanic Gardens, experience has shown that THEIR well water (high calcium) works better for their Paphs than pure water. (But then, most Paphs grow on limestone cliffs...) Other orchids not so much... everything else there gets RO water.

Before I got my RO system, I used a little vinegar in my fertilizer water to get the pH down to about 6.5 since the calcium carbonate in my tap water is a powerful buffer at around 7.8. With pure water, one needs a fertilizer that supplies some calcium and magnesium. Or mix in a bit of tap water with the pure water. I have a rather large collection, spread over my whole back yard. Only my small patio area and greenhouse get RO water. I put the more sensitive plants such as the Pleurothallids in the RO area. Everybody else gets city water (from sprinklers) and does just fine. I use RO and fertilizer designed for it (MSU Cal-Mag) to fertilize everything, but that's for simplicity. The plants that get city water would be fine getting fertilized with it, but I want to mix up just one batch, it works for everything.
__________________
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" Carl Sagan

Roberta's Orchids (Visit my back yard)

See what orchid species are blooming in Southern California(New page for October 2022)
Reply With Quote
Post Thanks / Like - 1 Likes
Likes lobotomizedgoat liked this post
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
distilled, orchids, plant, types, water


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Types of water: I'm confused! Orchids&Tarantulas Beginner Discussion 11 04-15-2021 10:43 AM
Is my Miltonia Sunset healthy? Bunny9129 Beginner Discussion 9 06-15-2019 01:53 AM
To flush LECA medium with tap water or reverse osmosis water? OrchideeNormus Potting & Repotting 27 01-30-2019 10:01 AM
Fertilizer Measuring TDS EC Osmolality Osmolarity Water Quality estaciůn seca Beginner Discussion 2 08-20-2017 08:30 AM
Need advice on how to water and feed correctly. Cewal Beginner Discussion 11 09-30-2010 07:42 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:01 AM.

© 2007 OrchidBoard.com
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.37 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2022 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2022 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Clubs vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.