Many species of plants thrive only in certain conditions, and a large shift in pH can kill them off or stunt their growth. Some plants are more sensitive than others; palms, spider plants and dracaenas are quite sensitive to fluoride. The fluoride acceptable in tap water is still more than plants can handle. Additionally, tap water can also contain salts for softening which can be harmful. A build-up of a white film crust forms on soil, this is a sign water has too much sodium- a nutrient plants despise. Finally, water that has the wrong pH level can damage plants. Some plants cannot tolerate chlorinated tap water, while other plants have a difficult time with soft water.
Keywords: pH level, palms, spider plants and nutrient plants.