[NAFEX] pH and Citrus
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Thu Dec 8 18:29:20 EST 2005
I had one of those cheap pH meters, too. I scrubbed it with steel wool
and stuck it in my soil. It read 7.0. I scrubbed it some more and wet
down the soil more. It read 7.0. I brought it inside and filled a
glass with one part vinegar and four parts water. It read 7.0. So I
threw it away.
On Dec 6, 2005, at 4:14 PM, John Smith wrote:
> 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
>> I have a couple of potted citrus and I have a PH
>> 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
>> 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
>> Any suggestions? Possibly "Jobes" makes acidifying
>> soil sticks? Is
>> melted snow acidic like rain water?
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