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Old 04-19-2012, 09:38 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Default Re: Is it a bad idea to water bananas with hose water?

I use hose water here at the house. It's not as good as rain, but it will do.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:17 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Just in case I usually fill up several 5 gal. buckets with tap water and let the Chlorine air out for a few hours or overnight when I'm watering anything "special". I worry that the Chlorine might kill beneficial micro organisms in the soil, but I have used it strait out of the hose and not noticed any problems.
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Default Re: Is it a bad idea to water bananas with hose water?

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What about salt water pool water?
Pool water was filled with the same thing as your tap or hose water, presumably. I've never owned a house with a pool, but I believe people put more chlorine than there already is into the water to kill bacteria. However, this shouldn't be a problem. Tropical plants like Nepenthes have to have RO/DI water or else they will die. This is not because of the chlorine, this is because of the mineral content that their roots cannot handle. Now, if you dumped straight chlorine onto your bananas, it would probably kill them, but the chlorine content in pool water is too low to harm most plants, especially hardy ones like bananas.

Saltwater is a bit more risky. It depends how high the salt content is. I poured saltwater from my aquariums I used to have onto a plum tree in a small planter box to keep it watered every time I did water changes. The salt just kept accumulating and accumulating over time and eventually killed the tree. Now, everything in there dies. The side of the plant box that didn't get as much saltwater on it has some weeds growing in it, but nothing else. So I highly recommend not to water any plants with saltwater. It will kill them in my experience.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:43 AM   #24 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: Is it a bad idea to water bananas with hose water?

In all seriousness, there is an issue with lead from garden hoses contaminating water which then contaminates garden soil. I've switched all my hoses to lead free versions (costco carries one).
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There's lead in hoses now!
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:26 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Default Re: Is it a bad idea to water bananas with hose water?

I also have a faucet that i can just use to water it from.
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What about salt water pool water?
Hi,
here is a french doc i found, i don't know if still accurate/good information but here it is (translated):
"...The banana plant can tolerate irrigation water quality of up to 350 mg of chloride per liter and up to 1.5 g of total salts per liter of high salinity levels have the effect of the delay flowering and yield reduction. The banana is very sensitive to water deficit...."

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What about salt water pool water?
Good way to kill your plants -- fast.
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Default Re: Is it a bad idea to water bananas with hose water?

where i live they just started the reclaimed water program...so far no problem with my bananas or any of my other plants..to be used just for irragation but i see people washing there cars with it all the time..
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