Knowing the pH of your soil or hydroponic system is very important. Growers need to be aware of whether their soil is acidic or alkaline so they can make adjustments. Water pH is one of the most critical aspects of hydroponic growing, as having water at the correct pH allows plants to easily intake nutrients for faster growth.
How do I test my soil with a pH meter?
To test your soil pH, use a pH meter for soil. These contain probes which insert into the soil easily, and will display the pH level digitally. It is important for your soil to be in the ideal pH range, which is 6-6.8.
The pH level of your soil directly affects the plants ability to absorb nutrients. If your pH is too low or too high, you will see slower growth than you otherwise could!
How do you correct pH in soil?
If after you test the soil you find that it is outside the ideal range, you need to take steps to remedy this. If you have a few supplies at home, it can be very simple.
pH adjuster kits contain pH up and pH down, and they adjust pH levels accordingly. These are natural alkaline or acidic chemicals that can be added into the soil.
Can you use a soil pH tester in water?
If you are trying to test your water or nutrient solution for an indoor garden or hydroponic system, you will need a hydroponic pH meter. These do not feature long, skinny probes like a soil meter. Some of the best pH pens for use in water are the Bluelab pH Pen, Sure Test Pro pH Pen with Replaceable Probe, and Hanna Instruments Continuous pH/TDS/Temp Monitor.
Automating pH testing in your grow room
Using a nutrient and pH doser will greatly automate pH testing for you. These products will measure and adjust pH levels without you having to do anything, whether you are present or not.
Are pH testers accurate?
The products we sell at Hydrobuilder are incredibly accurate and reliable. The higher quality products are more expensive, but their performance reflects this.
How can I test my pH meter?
You will need to calibrate your pH pen before the first use to make sure you get accurate readings. You will also want to test your pH meter if you see a reading that may not make sense, every 30 days, or after changing batteries and cleaning.
If you have any questions about pH meters, give our experienced growers a call today at 888-815-9763!