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How to Water Plants With Sparkling Water

By Meg Butler ; Updated September 21, 2017

Sparkling mineral waters, like club soda, are great for plants. Plants absorb nutrients best when they are dissolved in water. And sparkling mineral water takes carbon dioxide and a host of other essential macro-nutrients straight to their root systems. In fact, plants that are watered with sparkling mineral water grow faster and greener than plants watered with tap water alone.

Allow the sparkling water to come to room temperature. Refrigerated water will shock your plant's roots and eventually kill it.

Pour the sparkling water from the bottle and into your watering can (or any other receptacle) and let it settle for a minute or two. By transferring the carbonated water, you are allowing it to release some of its carbon dioxide. While the gas is good for plants, an over-abundance of it may change the pH of the soil.

Water the plant as usual. However, avoid getting water on the foliage. In indoor plants especially, this is a great way to encourage mold growth.

Set aside or refrigerate any leftover sparkling water for use next time. Even if it's flat, it's still ideal for your plants.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Watering can

Tip

  • Because of concerns about the as-yet-untested long term effects of increased carbon dioxide levels in soil, some experts recommend watering with sparkling water only during the growing season. In fall and winter, sparkling mineral water should be allowed to flatten before it is administered to plants.

About the Author

 

Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.