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Do Just One Thing: Sugary drinks aren’t good for plants

April 19, 2019 GMT

Water is water, right? So pouring some leftover soft drink or sports drink out of the bottle and onto the ground should be fine for plants, correct? Actually, no. While, yes, these are beverages we use for hydration, they contain high amounts of sugar that can hurt plants. Just like salt, sugary drinks prevent plants from absorbing water. The only type of leftover fizzy stuff that is good for plants is zero-sugar drinks like club soda or carbonated water because they are full of nutrients like oxygen, hydrogen and carbon that plants love.