Do different types of water have an effect on plant growth?

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The answer to this question is a resounding yes! The different minerals can affect the growth of different plants very much. The minerals and pH level of the water will contribute to the soil content, which is the most vital part of the plant's environment. The best example of this is probably the hydrangea bush. When the soil in which the plant grows is highly acidic, the plant's flowers will be blue in color. If the soil is neutral, cream colored flowers will most likely result. Soil high in alkaline content will result in pink or purple buds.

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The answer previously posted is semi-correct. The question or questions being asked of this type are mainly will a plant grow better in sugar water, salt water, tap water, lemon juice, soda, coca cola, pepsi, apple juice- and the list goes on. A plant needs rainwater, sunlight and nutrient rich soil. It doesn't need refined sugars, salt, or even milk. Even miracle grow can be harmful to a plant. It contains large amounts of nitrogen. Too much can be toxic and kill the plant. It's like steroids on a human, you're all big and buff but the side effects are low testosterone levels in men and mental side effects. The result: fewer offspring. You grow twice as fast but live half as long.

Tap water has chlorine in it which is deadly to plants. Stormwater contains road grime or oil, gasoline, diesel fuel, radiator fluids, brake fluids and the list goes on and on, again. All of these things are harmful to plants and humans as well. As to changing the color of hydrangea blooms, you can do this by adding minerals to the soil and not the water as well. Just add some iron, zinc or copper to the soil and the blooms will change color.

Salt water in large quantities will kill a plant, but a plant also needs salt to survive, just like humans. Sugar water will kill a plant if the sugar level is too high. It causes unnecessary bacterial growth that can kill the root system. It can cause diabetes in humans as well, but our bodies need sugars to convert food into energy. Plants are similar to humans in the fact that if we are given what we require like clean air, sunshine, clean water sources, protection from the elements and diseases, we thrive, but when any of these things are tampered with or removed, we suffer as a result.

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My findings with different types of plants and also with during different parts of the growing process are that rain water collected during a rain shower provides much better results over the use of standard tap water.

In my findings such as germination of Tomato plants, as well as growth of seedlings, the rain water provided a considerable level of growth which was easily visible over a 48 hour period.

Plants like rain water; they grow faster, and are more healthy in general... it is a visible difference.

Even with Germination of small bulbs of flowering plants in an egg carton. rain water provides an accelerated growth pattern as opposed to tap water. You can see it with your own eyes, within hours, not days like tap water. Try it for yourself.