A question from a fellow grower:
I have one question for you. How do you keep the ph of your soil within range? I have problems with my soil being too acidic, then too alkaline. Let me start from the beginning. I bought on of those cheap ph testers, the liquid kind by Gen Hydroponics. With it comes the solutions to either bring it up or down in ph, and the test solution, with a test tube. Now the problem I have is that there are no instructions on how much to use to bring it down or up, so you have to continually adjust the water (in this case, i use blueberry seltzer water, which is very acidic), which I try to bring down to a proper ph with ph down, right in the bottle, along with regular bottled water, which is very alkaline. I usually try to do the whole bottle of seltzer water at once to make the ph is in range. So this causes the ph to fluctuate up and down. In fact, I lost my last plant to ph problems just three weeks before harvesting. I only got about 1 1/2 ounces of smoke. The quality was ok, but there was no blueberry smell or taste. Right now I am using store bought soil. The last time I used HAPPY FROG soil, which not only had fertilizer in it, but good bacteria and fungus. I can’t seem to keep the soil at a correct ph. Right now, the soil is between 5.5 and 6 on the ph scale. But I have to use so much of that crappy ph down that it isn’t worth buying the crap. I was wondering if there was another way to try to keep the ph at a consistent level. I noticed that Happy Frog was pretty good at keeping it at a good level, but I couldn’t get it during the winter months. I like using the blueberry seltzer water, if your interested, to enhance the taste of the plant. I notice that when I pull off some of the large fan leaves, which I do to stimulate side growth, and bit into the stem, you can taste some of the blueberry. My last plant was ridiculously thick and bushy when I did this along with low stress training. I also used raspberry syrup, a small amount in the water. The plants seemed to like the sugar in this and it turned the stem and leaves red. I also used molasses during flowering which seemed to help. Again, I was wondering if there was something I can do to keep the ph in check so what happened last time doesn’t happen again. I appreciate your help.