How Does Water Affect Your Plants?
Whether you’re a seasoned gardener, or you’re a new hobbyist grower, you know water is essential to healthy plant growth. That being said, did you know that the type of water you use can make a big difference in your plants' health and development? Today, we'll discuss how water affects plants and what Midwest Grow Co. can do to help you create a healthy hydroponic garden using the right supplies. Keep reading to learn more, and be sure to check out our hydroponic systems and supplies!
The Difference Between Hard and Soft Water
Hard water contains high levels of minerals and bicarbonates, while soft water contains lower levels of these. That said, both have their benefits and disadvantages when it comes to watering plants of all types. Let’s explore both water categories and dig into the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Benefits of Hard Water for Plants
Hard water contains calcium and magnesium, which can actually be beneficial for some plants. These minerals can help to strengthen plant cell walls, making them less susceptible to disease and pests. Additionally, hard water can also help to neutralize acidic soils, making them more balanced for plant growth.
Drawbacks of Hard Water for Plants
Too much of a good thing can be bad for plants, and that's true of hard water as well. The high mineral content in hard water can actually build up in soils over time, making it more difficult for plant roots to absorb the nutrients they need. This can lead to stunted growth or even the death of your plant or crop. On the other hand, Midwest Grow Co.'s hydroponic supplies can help you create a garden that uses hard water effectively, without damaging your plants.
Benefits of Soft Water for Plants
As we mentioned, soft water is lower in minerals, which can also be beneficial for some plants. This type of water is easier for plant roots to absorb, and it can help to prevent mineral build-up in soils. Soft water is also less alkaline than hard water, which can be better for plants that prefer acidic soils.
Drawbacks of Soft Water for Plants
A downside to watering plants with soft water, is that it can be too easily absorbed by plant roots, leading to overwatering and root rot. If you prefer to use soft water, Midwest Grow Co.'s hydroponic supplies can help you create a garden that uses soft water effectively, without damaging your plants.
Bottom line, determining the right water for your garden or grow operation all depends on the type of plant or crop you’re working with. Regardless of whether you prefer hard or soft water, Midwest Grow Co. has the hydroponic supplies you need to create a healthy garden using either option. Explore our hydro systems and supplies online to get started!