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madamecrash said:Hey Vinter... I'm too lazy to search for a link... lol... so I'll lay it out for ya..
Vinegar is to lower the PH
Baking Soda will raise the PH
If you're using city tap water... boil it first or let it sit out overnight to get rid of the chlorine. Boiling I've found also helps keep the PH more stable - no idea why... lol....
Apple Cider vinegar is very effective at lowering the PH quickly and is good for your plants - so is Balsamic Vinegar although it is not quite as acidic so requires a drop or two more.
Baking Soda is very effective and only needs a tiny pinch to raise the PH..
Hope this helps!
Well you see...That's why I think the way I do. I've gotten lazy and haven't checked my PH since I went back to soil. lol I checked it daily in hydro though.madamecrash said:Vinegar is all I use to adjust the PH Down, and my plants don't seem to mind. I also adjust the PH down to 5.9 - 6.4 in soil (and soil-less) that gives it a little bit of "swing time" so the PH does not climb too high in between waterings.
The soil will act as a long-term PH buffer.. so vinegar/baking soda works just fine in that case.. Plus, vinegar does not change the PPM's of the water. PH Down is Phosphoric Acid.. it increases the 'P' levels - like a mild fertilizer.
For hydro, I would definately recommend the "professional" PH UP and PH Down for the same reasons that Racefan said.
madamecrash said:If you're using city tap water... boil it first or let it sit out overnight to get rid of the chlorine. Boiling I've found also helps keep the PH more stable - no idea why... lol.... MC