[NAFEX] PH? potted citrus

William Freels w.freels at worldnet.att.net
Tue Dec 6 11:18:19 EST 2005


I remember some of the old-time tree and shrub nurserymen adding a small amount of vinegar to the water that they used.  This was most likely apple vinegar and I do not know what it benefit it had.
Bill Freels, Paducah Kentucky
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: lee reich 
  To: North American Fruit Explorers 
  Sent: Monday, December 05, 2005 8:11 AM
  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] PH? potted citrus


  You might try just adding some vinegar to your water -- about a half-teaspoon per quart of water -- each time the plant needs watering.



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  On Dec 5, 2005, at 7:30 AM, Thomas Olenio wrote:


    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 with  
    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 summer,  
    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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