Possible stunting caused by tap water

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Possible stunting caused by tap water

Hi everyone,

Two weeks ago, I received my 6 pod AG with its herb seed kit. When reading about how to set it up, I noted that one may use distilled water or tap water from a municipal water supply. Well, being in a hurry to get things going and growing (and not having distilled water on-hand) I elected to use tap water since I'm on city water. My question is: how tall should my Genovese basil be 2 weeks after planting? It germinated 3 days after planting, today is the 12th day after germination, and it is slightly over an inch tall, measured from the surface of the deck. Is this about where it should be by now or should I consider switching to distilled water?

Thanks in advance for your help!

 

 

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Thanks Gisette. I'm just glad

Thanks Gisette. I'm just glad a tom is FINALLY going right.

 

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They look great, Judith! On

They look great, Judith!

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Ooh. I see red. They look great, Judith!

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Orlando Jude (not verified)
Great Beth!  This is my first

Great Beth!  This is my first time getting real progress with the toms.   I have 18 toms in 5 clusters right now, with several more clusters of flowers.  I'm VERY pleased.

Gisette:  I'd post some pictures but I've forgotten how.   Try this

 

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 Hi! Basil takes forever to

 Hi!

Basil takes forever to get growing so I wouldn't worry just yet.  I had horrible results with tap water at work - but I work on a military base that was founded in the 1940's.  I'm afraid the drinking water may have some jet fuel and trichlorethylene mixed in for flavor! My home well water seems to be fine for all ag plants - I finally have well behaved tomato plants with baby toms set in the ag's with only one hood notch raised.

Beth

PS:  I actually grew fond of the smell of trichlorethylene while working in jet engine test cells in the early 1980's.  I'm surprised I didn't grow an extra arm with what I was exposed to back then. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello HL, It is entirely true

Hello HL,

It is entirely true that tap water, if it's unduly hard or soft, can have an adverse effect on your plants - issues like stunted growth, poor seed germination and leaf problems are common.

But, most city water is fine for your plants; in your case I don't see a problem with the height of your plant at this stage. I would stay as you are for now and see how it progresses before spending out on bottled/distilled water, if you have a pH or EC meter you can do a general check as to what's coming out of your tap

Judith has a good point, rainwater is free but beware of what it may contain. I'd not like to hazard a guess as to what 'city rain' may have in it's chemical composition...

One more thing you could do with your tap water, let it sit for 24 hours to evaporate off the chlorine which will make it more 'acceptable' for your plants.

 

Edit: Cross posted with Gisette, see here for the height of the basil at 14 days. Similar to yours?

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Yay, Judith!!! So glad to

Yay, Judith!!! So glad to hear your mega cherry toms are bearing! And glad to hear from you! I hope you'll post a picture of these successful toms sometime?

HL - the basil does sound a little stunted, perhaps, for its age. Some bottled or distilled water is worth a try. I agree with Judith - I get my best results from rainwater. Though normally for me it's lettuce and brassicas that get most cranky about my tapwater, and basil is fine. But that's a function of what's in your local tap water.

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FYI -- I've tried lots of

FYI -- I've tried lots of different things over 2 years, and BY FAR rain water works best for me.  I put 2 tablets in a gallon of rain water & use that to keep the level up & for the FIRST time I have mega cherry toms all over the plant!  That's after 3 other tries.

Enjoy!

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