Here's 5 reason why houseplants love rain water!
Grab a bucket or two and start collecting your rainwater....
1 - Rainwater is soft.
Unlike tap water, rainwater does not contain salts, minerals, treatment chemicals as rainwater is pure hydration.
2 - It has a better pH.
Rainwater is a little acidic putting it on the pH scale at around pH 7. The ideal pH range for plants to grow is 5.5 to 6.5. Tap water has a pH range ranging from 8.5 to 10.5 which isn't ideal for your plants.
3 - Rainwater will neutralise soil.
If you use tap water, fear not. Adding a good dose of rainwater to your plants will help to dissolve the salts and other minerals which may have built up in the soil from using tap water.
4- It will help your plants breathe.
Rainwater will also help to clear out the stomata or respiratory pores on your plant’s leaves, improving its ability to take in carbon dioxide and nutrients for photosynthesis. Pop your plants outside for a short spell to get the rain directly on their leaves.
5 - Rainwater is full of nutrients.
Rainwater contains macro-nutrients that is the most useful form of nitrogen that fosters the plant growth.
Couple of things to keep in mind if you are popping you plants outside during a shower...
- only do this in light rain as heavy wind and rain may damage your plants leaves
- don't put plants with fluffy leaves outside, they don't like to be rained on
- drought tolerant plants won't like it either, your cacti like like dry!
- check for any wildlife on bringing you plants back in, you may find a snail or spiders in your pot. They are harmless, but would prefer to be left outside