Nickel And Roots Of A Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Staten Island, NY
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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?

Answer from NGA
December 28, 1999
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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