A New Way to Hydrate Houseplants

handbook-drink-soda_300Promote growth and root development in your houseplants with an unexpected ingredient: club soda.

According to Deb Donaldson, a blue-ribbon winner at the Philadelphia Flower Show, club soda contains a phosphate, which is good for plants—better, in fact, than tap water. Use it as you would regular water, but be sure that your club soda is flat: The carbon dioxide that makes it fizzy can stunt the plants’ growth.

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  1. jan hunter

    How does this post have anything to do with houseplant health?

    September 7, 2013 at 1:22 pm
  2. Zyreina

    Jan, watering your plants doesn’t contribute to your houseplants health? Are you using GMO houseplants that don’t need water?

    September 13, 2013 at 11:45 am
  3. lara

    It says that it promotes growth and root development.

    September 13, 2013 at 4:37 pm
  4. tj

    so what do you do to make the soda flat? take the cap off for a couple of days?

    September 16, 2013 at 12:01 pm
  5. Rachel Stein

    Hi TJ, you can try taking the cap off, stirring the soda, or pouring it into a bowl with a large surface area to help decant. Thanks!

    September 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm

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