How to Adjust pH Of Hydroponic Nutrient Solution

Proper pH levels are important with hydroculture gardening. Most hydroponic nutrients have a pH buffer that helps keep the pH level of your solution at its proper levels, but a spike or dip can happen resulting in your plants not being able to take in nutrients. If your pH is off-balance, it’s important to adjust the pH levels back to the proper level. If the measured pH level doesn’t fall between 5.5 and 6.5, then you will need to adjust pH. pH balance isn’t a hard thing to correct. You may already have something around the house to use as a short-term fix until your able to pick up something more stable.

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What Is Natural Way To Adjust The pH Of A Hydroponic Garden?

You can adjust pH levels by adding an acid to lower your pH level or an alkali to raise it. Household items such as white vinegar or citric acid can be used to lower pH, while baking soda can be used to raise it. The problem with using these household ingredients is that it’s only a short-term fix. These ingredients don’t contain any buffer to help maintain the pH level, so you often you will have the same problem occur in the next day or two.

What is The Best Way To Adjust pH Of A Hydroponic Garden?

The most simple and effective way to regulate pH is to buy a product that is specifically made to adjust the pH of hydroponic solutions. Several hydroponic companies offer specific products for this issue, many simply called pH up and pH down. I would recommend keeping these on hand in case you do run into pH problems. Using pH up or pH down is simple and since it is made for hydroponics, is sure to be safe for the plants in your garden. As well as correcting the pH quickly, hydroponic pH adjusters also contain a buffer that keeps the pH regulated at the proper level. This will stop the pH problem from happening again in the next couple days.

I prefer to use General Hydroponic pH up and down to regulate my hydroponic gardens. First, you should test your hydroponic solutions to see what your current pH level is. Add a little pH up or down and wait about a half hour to test your water again. Repeat if needed. To change the pH level a couple of levels I usually add about 1 teaspoon per gallon. If you , you can use the other adjuster to push the pH back in the opposite direction until you get it in the desired range.

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