Wim Osterholt (wim@djo.wtm.tudelft.nl)
Sat, 25 Jun 1994 00:06:27 +0200 (MET DST)

This seemed not to come through, so I'll once try again.


> > Hi, as a new CP grower I have a basic question on rainwater.From
> > what I've read rainwater is much better than city water for CP's.
> > I've been collecting some by just placing a bucket on my deck in the
> > back. But its hard to get ,any worthwhile amount. I've tried
> > collecting some off the roof of the house from the gutters but I did
> > not use this water since it looked a little brownish. Would this
> > water be safe for the plants despite its coloration?
> >
> > Thanks in advance
> > Robert St-Jean
> > ST-JEAN@es1.es.emr.ca
> Robert: I used rain water collected from the roof in the past, but
> finally switched to RO water. In my experience, if it rains
> frequently enough, water off the roof is fine. If you have had a dry
> spell, however, grime, air pollutants, tar from the roofing materials,
> and everything else contaminates your water. I can tell an
> improvement with live sphagnum with RO water.
> Tom in Fl

You could use distilled water, however, what they sell over here as D.water
is just demineralized water. That's not quite the same, but it will do for
the plants.
I think it's much too expensive, so I use the frozen condens from my fridge.
Modern fridges do de-ice themselves automatically. The melted water is then
collected and lead to the top of the fridges motor. The heat of the motor will
vaporize it into the air. So you'll never have to worry about anything.

If you lead the tube to an empty bottle instead, you'll have H2O for free.

Regards, Wim.

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