Hard water on bulb containers in greenhouse.

puppincuff@cox.net puppincuff@cox.net
Fri, 02 Oct 2009 16:37:44 PDT
Orchard Supply Hrdware has potassium chloride you can use as a water softener. It's not prohibitively expensive and the potassium is a fertilizer
chuck schwartz
zone 10 California-- Kenneth Hixson <khixson@nu-world.com> wrote: 
> Hi, Marguerite
> > I need some advice about hard water from my well.
> > I have 
> > always read that the water softeners commonly used on houses will kill 
> > plants. 
> 	A websearch turns up lots of information, for instance
> > http://ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/h2oqual/…
> 	One of the quotes is
> > For every grain of hardness removed from water, 8 mg/1 (ppm) of sodium is added. 
> 	This is fairly typical of the old types of water softeners, which 
> mostly used salt (Sodium chloride).  There are a number of
> newer types, and it might be worthwhile to talk to someone in
> your neighborhood who installs wells and treatment systems for
> the particular minerals in the water in your area.
> 	Saving rainwater:  As much as possible, which means a
> big storage tank.  The amount you normally receive as precipitation
> and the amount of roof area available will determine the size of the 
> tank.  If you collect from your roofs, the first rain will probably wash
> a lot of dust off the roof, so you might be reluctant to save it, or 
> perhaps divert it to a small secondary tank that can be filtered.
> Ken
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