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Can I use "distilled" water to water plants?

Provided that you are feeding the soil/plants the macro and micro nutrients they need there shouldn't be an issue. Epsom salt (1tbsp/gallon) every now and then helps with some of the micro nutrients. ...
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Plant only flowers after rain, and not from being watered. What plant is it?

This plant is Zephyranthes carinata, a bulb with the common name Rain Lily. There are lots of hybrids these days, but the reason they're called rain lilies is because they flower after rain. Some only ...
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Can I use water from the clothes dryer to water plants?

It's not advisable to use this water on potted plants because of the risk of contaminants from detergent and fabric conditioners being present, but many people do spread it round the garden for plants ...
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Why do my Cherry tomatoes split as they ripen?

Small fruiting tomatoes tend to be a lot juicier (that is ratio of meaty pulp to juice) than medium or large fruiting. Tomato produces a skin of a certain size for the number of fruits it has, then as ...
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Why do my Cherry tomatoes split as they ripen?

There are two main causes of fruit split - the first is irregular watering. Once tomatoes have fruitlets, and especially as they start to get bigger and ripen, its critical to water sufficiently every ...
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Tillandsia (air plants) Turning Black and Dying After Watering

Your tillandsia has been damaged by using chlorinated water. You can dechlorinate water by leaving it to stand for 24 hours but if the municipal authority uses chloramines instead, then you will have ...
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What are these tall, tree-like shrubs and how often should I water them?

Judging by the new growth being red, I'd say these were Photinia fraserii 'Red Robin'. I can't tell if they're pleached or not, can't see any framework within the foliage, so its possible they're just ...
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Can drained water from potted plants be used again to water another house plant?

Well, the correct way to conserve water is to watch your water, and make sure you don't have excess drainage. This of course takes time and experience. Till then, use measuring cups, or watering jugs ...
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How do I grow Wasabi?

Contrary to what you often see, Wasabi can be grown in moist, but not submerged, soil. You'll do best starting with fresh, viable seeds. Here's a few points on preferred conditions in soil growing (...
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Can drained water from potted plants be used again to water another house plant?

I haven't found any good reference sources, so this is just my personal experience. It ended up being too long for a comment, so I hope it's appropriate as an answer. I do this frequently, with both ...
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Why shouldn't I water a Blue Spruce tree during and after transplanting it?

In my 25 years as a landscaper in the Pacific Northwest, I have never heard of such a treatment. With that said, the only thinking I can come up with is that the arborist feels that by watering in ...
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Buds don't blossom on Chilli plant ( bud drop )

I think you overwater the chilli plant. The leaves are not very healthy. Chilli likes also dry climate, so try to water a lot less. One or twice a week. I would also not put so much fertiliser. Once ...
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Why are my anthurium leaves rapidly turning yellow?

These plants like bright but diffuse light ( not direct sunlight ) and moist oxygenated soil but you've already identified that it has been sitting in stagnant deoxygenated water. This has lead to ...
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Aloe is drooping, is it ok?

It's hard to tell from the photos but the leaves on your problematic aloe seem different to your "other aloe". Perhaps they're different species and thus will have different different habits ie. not ...
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Aloe is drooping, is it ok?

You should definitely re-pot the three "babies" in separate pots, to get them away from the old dead material which is a constant risk for attracting bugs, fungus diseases, etc. Possibly they are not ...
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Should I heat water first and let it cool before watering in winter?

Very cold water can shock some plants, especially if the surrounding temperature is warm. You didn't mention where you are, but in most large cities, water has at least some chlorine in it, which is a ...
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Why do some people use ice cubes at the roots of outdoor plants to help them flower?

In my opinion, no, its one of those faddy things that gets bandied about, in the same class as coffee grounds being great for everything plantwise, and water droplets causing sunburn on all plant ...
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Self watering pot with no hole

Unglazed terracotta is a porous material so water can pass through it, albeit slowly. This can be a very effective way of delivering water without drowning the plant. For bonsai, overwatering is quite ...
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Advise from experienced farmers

I can tell you the situation in the Netherlands (Europe), which I expect to be very different from India. In the Netherlands about 20 % of all (working) millionaires are farmers. Most of these ...
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Advise from experienced farmers

Yes, but you must be smarter than a doctor or engineer: some of the richest are php engineers. It is mainly economy: if there are many people that could do something, they will fight to produce it ...
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Should I try planting my plant in soil?

I've grown basil hydroponically using aquarium water for the nutrients and it looked a lot better than yours which needs a lot more sunlight. In fact most of the basil I see in the supermarket seems ...
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Should I account for seasons when growing inside only?

Stormy has a nice answer (especially on fertilizer part), but I am going to add some general concepts. Temperate plants usually needs different seasons to grow naturally. But we don't cultivate them ...
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Are there concrete plant-watering schedules?

There are no concrete watering schedules because it's not viable - there are too many variables, so it's according to need. For the majority of houseplants, the general rules are:- the plant should ...
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Why are all my indoor plants dying?

Plants grown in containers can quickly fill their pots, and in doing so seem very healthy and happy until they hit the brick wall by filling the pot with roots and having nowhere else to go. Attempts ...
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Will water prune roots with an air layering pot?

This is my kiddie pool sub irrigation planter with a couple of dismal looking tomato plants, and one bag with 4 corn and one Apple tree seedling. I probably over did it! Two of the corn look very weak....
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What should the watering schedule for garlic be to ensure optimal growth?

Let the soil dry out a bit before watering. Dig down 1 inch into the soil. If the 1 inch of soil is dry, water it. If the leaves are wilting, or "deflated", it needs water. I mention deflated leaves ...
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Do just-repotted plants really need to wait for days before watering them? Why?

The trouble with gardening is, ask a panel of experts a question and you'll get 3 different answers. I remember your original question on this plant and then, you believed you should wait for the peat ...
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Can I use "distilled" water to water plants?

Just over a hundred years ago, in 1915, a chap called M.C. Merrill did some experiments on this (that link may be paywalled, sorry) and found that, while plants would grow with distilled water, it was ...
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Why does watering a plant cause temperature changes?

There's no mystery here - if you pour cold water over something, it gets cooler or cold, but once the water stops, the temperature stabilises over time. Same thing happens on your own skin...
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Why do people say not to overwater basil, when it grows better in standing water?

Many plants grow fine in water. That's the basis for hydroponics. The main methods are deep water culture, flood and drain, and thin film. They all have in common moving water to ensure that the ...
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