[NAFEX] PH? potted citrus

loneroc loneroc at mwt.net
Mon Dec 5 20:43:20 EST 2005

I overstated the amount of sulfur I use:  The 1/2 teaspoon I mentioned would
for a 24 inch pot if the soil has become really alkaline.  I'd start with
1/8 tsp  for a 12 incher.  Use less if the foliage is just light colored.
sure it's easy to overdo---like anything else.  The way I do it is after the
initial application to sprinkle a little over the soil surface in the
spring.  I use a bit more in pots that show real chlorosis.

Steve H

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Hal Love" <lovehd at comcast.net>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, December 05, 2005 10:02 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] PH? potted citrus

> You could also use water that has been through a de-ionizing filter. Our
> household water goes through such a filter. In addition to improving
> (removing?) the taste of the water, it removes most of the calcium and
> magnesium (and chlorine). It seems to work well for our potted indoor
> plants. The filter only needs replacing once a year @ $75, although our
> water is only moderately hard.
> Hal
> zn 6b TN
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Thomas Olenio" <tolenio at sentex.net>
> To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Monday, December 05, 2005 6:30 AM
> Subject: [NAFEX] PH? potted citrus
> > Hello All,
> >
> > I have a couple of potted citrus and I have a PH question.
> >
> > Our water is hard, heavy with calcium.  By watering the potted citrus
> > this water it sweetens the soil.  Citurs like slightly acidic soil.  I
> > believe this hard water is stunting my potted citrus.
> >
> > Is there a means to either make my water slightly acid or top dress the
> > soil with an an acidifying amendment?
> >
> > The plants do very well outside with natural rain water during the
> > but coming indoors with hard water seems to set them back.
> >
> > Any suggestions?  Possibly "Jobes" makes acidifying soil sticks?  Is
> > melted snow acidic like rain water?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Tom
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