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BarbaraJGL
Jan 18, 2018 1:11 PM CST
We are using a water system which requires adding sodium chloride to well water. My plants are not happy! What can I do to remedy the situation ? I am letting the tap water sit in the watering cans at least overnight, but what about outdoor watering? I am noticing retarded growth on flowers. Please give me some helpful advice!!! my garden is in SWestern Ct. BarbaraJGL
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sooby
Jan 18, 2018 1:47 PM CST
Is that for a water softener? If so did they not leave one tap disconnected from that system for drinking water that you could use for the plants? We once had a problem with a water softener and the plants were not happy. Sometimes you could even taste the salt in the water. When we had it checked out eventually, it turned out the previous technician had adjusted it incorrectly so that it added too much salt.
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porkpal
Jan 18, 2018 2:51 PM CST
Your plants in the photos look very happy! A water softener should not add enough salt to the water to harm plants. Letting the water sit out will eliminate chlorine but not salt. Does the system also chlorinate your water?
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stone
Jan 18, 2018 3:11 PM CST
Those sodium chloride systems have been very much in the news lately, as many municipalities and entire states have found that their sewage systems are incapable of handling all that salt... not to mention the wasted water...

You probably don't want to replace your softening system for another expensive fix... but, it should be dead easy to hook an outside line to the water before it goes through the filtration process... If it's beyond your comfort level, any plumber should be able to set it up in an hour or so....
You may even find that you prefer the water taste unsalted.
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JuneOntario
Jan 18, 2018 3:17 PM CST
I also have well-water conditioned with softening salts. The salts built up in my houseplants' potting soil and the plants were not happy. So, my DH installed a faucet on the water pipe between the pressure tank and the conditioning system, so I could draw off untreated water inside the house. We already had one exterior faucet that dispenses untreated water for the garden, but it is turned off and drained in winter time. I do find that the well-water comes out of the faucet very cold and needs to be left in a bucket or watering can to warm up a bit so it is not so much of a temperature shock to the plants.
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DaisyI
Jan 18, 2018 8:59 PM CST
Your outside spigots should not be attached to the water softener.
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Southwestern Connecticut, near
BarbaraJGL
Jan 21, 2018 12:11 PM CST
To porkpal..Yes, the plants looked pretty good when Ifirst brought them in, in Mid November. Lately, not so much! Droopy leaves on the streptocarpus( not so much light, lousy water & needs repotting or starting new cuttings. Cuttings don't start as easily with the new water. In most cases they rot.Outdoor stuff is resting.
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porkpal
Jan 21, 2018 1:12 PM CST
If you can keep it alive until it can go back out, I'll bet it cheers right up.
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Southwestern Connecticut, near
BarbaraJGL
Jan 21, 2018 3:06 PM CST
I have had that Strepto for years & it never looked bad before we got the water "thing". BGL Shrug! Thank You!
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Jan 21, 2018 3:08 PM CST
Can you water it with rain water/ melted snow?
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sallyg
Jan 22, 2018 8:27 AM CST
Buy bottled water for indoors plants?
i would think the outdoor plants get enough rain thru the year to dilute any salt from your system. :shrug:
I swear by rainwater/snow water for potted plants. I can catch a lot off the roof of the garden shed. i don't have any ideas for gathering much unless you interrupt your gutter system some way or have an unguttered roof.
(plants shown look really good to me Shrug! )
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BarbaraJGL
Jan 23, 2018 7:42 PM CST
I have been able to scoop up the last of the snow on our property to melt for my plants. I may be able to get ma bit more tomorrow before it all melts. Meanwhile, the plumber who installed the sodium Chloride system is coming this week to do a bypass thing to enable getting well water to drink and water the plants.Thank you to porkpal & everyone else who posted good advice and really helped me ! Acorn Hurray! Thumbs up Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers! Whistling
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Zuni
Jan 24, 2018 11:31 PM CST
BarbaraJGL said:We are using a water system which requires adding sodium chloride to well water. My plants are not happy! What can I do to remedy the situation ? I am letting the tap water sit in the watering cans at least overnight, but what about outdoor watering? I am noticing retarded growth on flowers. Please give me some helpful advice!!! my garden is in SWestern Ct. BarbaraJGL
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Nice photos. The plants in the photos look fine. If you're having issues not shown in the photos, it may be something other than the water, too. Watering issues? pests, fertilizer, light? Look at everything.

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