[NAFEX] pH and Citrus

John Smith friendly27sw at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 6 16:14:20 EST 2005

I agree it's a good idea to check the pH before
applying a remedy.  I even have one of the inexpensive
pH meters, however depsite what appears to be uniform
potting mix, I can get fairly wide-ranging readings
each time I put the probe in the pot.  So I don't feel
it's been very useful to get a good feel for the

--- Jim Fruth <jfruth at uslink.net> wrote:

>     When we have a pH problem/question, we should
> buy a pH meter.  Any
> reputable nursery should carry them or can order
> them - they cost around
> $20.  Harbor Freight sells Chinese copies for $2.29
> and they work as good as
> the expensive models.
> -- 
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Farm
> Pequot Lakes, MN
> www.bberryfarm.com 
> 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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