Many types of detergent, especially those high in chemicals, such as chlorine, bleach or sodium perborate, can have a negative effect on plant growth if they are present in water that the plant absorbs. Unfortunately, ev... More » Science Biology Botany

Detergents can affect plant growth, but the effects depend on the type of detergent and the ingredients in the detergent itself. Some common ingredients that could negatively affect plant growth are sodium and bleach. De... More » Home & Garden Gardening & Landscapes

Chlorine can kill beneficial microorganisms in soil, thereby affecting plant growth; however, most chlorinated drinking water is not concentrated enough to adversely affect plant life in a given area. This is due to the ... More » Science Biology Botany
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