Water temperature is very important too, which is an issue that I rarely see discussed.It can be very difficult near impossible to grow a healthy plant without proper understanding of pH and the tools to monitor and adjust the pH.
A must is a good digital pH meter.
I feel like this should be a sticky. A lot of beginner growers including myself treated pH as an after thought. These days I spend close to an hour carefully testing and adjusting my pH each feeding/watering and my results have improved drastically.
IMO pH issues are the root of almost every mystery problem.
So I'm am new to growing and this whole ph thing. I have been tracking my soil ph with a soil ph meter and my water and nutrient solution with ph strips and everything was fine until I switched to flowering..............
I am using Remo Nutrients. It what was recommended to me.So being new to growing as I am, I would not waste my time trying to test soil PH. I tried all that and found I need to get the very basics down first. Generally soils are 6.1-7.0 from what I have gathered via reading and talking. I also ran across the issue buying PH pens, you can get a bad one right out of the box. I saw it happen with my own eyes, three separate manufacturers, three bad pens, ranging from $20-$100 so, make sure your PH pen is working correctly, that was my worst mistake, trying to feed when I didnt know my Pen went bad.... My PH also would fluctuate and I killed a nice plant and hurt one extremely bad, they were bushy and looking good, only took that one feed too. Also what Nutes are you using?
Thanks. I appreciate all this. Wish I didn't spend $35 on the stupid soil probe.Soil PH Meter? As in those cheap probes that tell you when to water etc...? Can't get a correct reading with those, and if we talking actual soil and not a hydro like medium like coco then it has things built into it that buffers the PH and no reason to even try to measure the PH of it. Worry about the PH of water/nutrients going in being in the proper range for your medium (or your nutrients as some call for a slightly different PH according to manufacturer) , as chasing problems that are not there will create actual problems, unless your plants are showing signs of deficiencies/lockout.
Thanks. I appreciate all this. Wish I didn't spend $35 on the stupid soil probe.
I am seeing some sign of deficiency so I'm trying to dial all this in. It looks to be cal or mag from what I can find online.
Ya I started with a question in this thread but then realized I should just start a new thread for myself and then couldn't delete this one. Now I got people replying on both. Sorry about that.