Nickel And Roots Of A Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Staten Island, NY
Question by nicole_o_no
December 28, 1999
If i droped a small coin in a water-filled vase would the it afffect the plant? I dropped a nickle in a water-filled vase(that had an ivy plant in it)the plant began to die. The day after I changed the vase the plant looked much healthier and now its beginning to grow again.
Did the nickle, somehow, poison the roots of the plant?


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Answer from NGA
December 28, 1999

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Although I am not a chemist it is true plants are sensitive to nickel and it will dissolve in water so I suppose it is possible. However, I would also suspect lack of nutrients and perhaps lack of oxygen in the water as possible causes of plant decline over a period of time. It would be interesting though to try it again and see if the experience repeats.

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