In this Water Wednesday episode we talk about the role pH water plays with plants and how you can grow a healthy garden.
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Here are the show notes:
GREEN THUMB—Whether you just want to have the best looking flower boxes on the block or are interested in growing your own organic food, this broadcast is for you. Gardening is hard work, and the pH balance of the plant water and soil plays a large role in whether or not your efforts are successful.
PLANTS VS HUMANS—Unlike humans, plants “breathe out” oxygen and “breathe in” carbon dioxide. While humans thrive on clean, ionized alkaline water, most plants like to drink ionized acid water.
RAINWATER—Most rainwater has a pH of 5.6-5.8 due to the presence of carbonic acid (H2CO3). This means it is moderately acidic, but should not be confused with acid rain which hovers closer to 3.0 pH due to emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides mixing with the water molecules.
FERTILIZERS/TAP WATER—Many commercial fertilizers are ammonia-based in order to increase soil acidity. The government mandates that tap water be at least neutral if not slightly alkaline, so the water that comes out of your sprinklers and garden hose is not pH balanced for many plants and is also filled with chemicals like chlorine, chloramines and fluoride which can be harmful to plants.
SCIENCE EXPERIMENT—11 year old Mason gave three different ivy plants alkaline water, tap water, and acidic water over a period of weeks for a gradeschool science experiment and found that the plant given acidic water thrived the most.
CHART—Since each plant has its own unique needs such as sunlight vs shade, we created a plant pH chart for your reference.
NATURAL PESTICIDE—Most insects are repelled by ionized acidic water, making it an all-natural pesticide.
CUT FLOWERS—Most cut flower stems should be watered with ionized alkaline water since, like us, they have been uprooted from their original life force and are slowly dying. Tend to last longer. Here’s what my Mother’s day flowers looked like 12 days later, after changing the water only once!
REVIVE PRODUCE—And when you’re ready to eat the produce you have grown, we recommend a quick dip in ionized acidic water to naturally kill any bacteria that has grown on them followed by a 10 min soak in 8.5 pH ionized alkaline water directly before consuming in order to revive the produce to its freshly picked state.
A Chanson water ionizer is capable of producing every pH level of water that you and your plants need to thrive.
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