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Will Chlorine in Garden Water Hurt Plants & Trees?

By Cameron Delaney ; Updated September 21, 2017

Plants and trees need trace amounts of chlorine for growth, but chlorine is toxic in large amounts. If a plant gets too much chlorine, the leaves may develop spots or drop off. Heating water or letting it stand overnight can eliminate chlorine from tap water.


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Cameron Delaney is a freelance writer for trade journals and websites and an editor of nonfiction books. As a journalist, Delaney worked for wire services, newspapers and magazines for more than 20 years. Delaney's degrees include a bachelor's degree in journalism from Pennsylvania State and a master's degree in liberal arts from University of Denver.