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    Borates and Poolside Plants

    Boron can be toxic for plants, so I was wondering if anybody using borates had experienced any issues with poolside plants.

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    Re: Borates and Poolside Plants

    HI spcpool,
    welcome to TFP! I cant answer your question, but maybe someone will be along shortly that can.
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    Re: Borates and Poolside Plants

    If your splash-out is limited and you are regularly watering your poolside plants with regular irrigation, then they should be OK due to the dilution of the splashed-out boron. If you were to water exclusively with the pool water, then that would be a problem for plants. See Pool water for house plants, BBB toxic to grass, and this document.
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    Re: Borates and Poolside Plants

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    Re: Borates and Poolside Plants

    Unfortunately, I live in that arid environment and my landscaping is exclusively drought-tolerant plants that receive little to no irrigation at all. Sounds like boron would be a problem near the pool.

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    Re: Borates and Poolside Plants

    Yes, you would be taking a risk. It might be OK, but it might not and we really can't tell you for sure either way. Do you really get that much splash-out? It all depends on the height and design of your coping. In our pool, we get hardly any splash-out at all. We have an overflow vault that has water go to the sewer but that's because we have an automatic electric safety cover. Then again, we don't have kids in the pool who could splash a lot and even intentionally push water out of the pool.
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