The Proper way to water a potted plant

Discussion in 'Basic Growing' started by emilya, May 18, 2014.

  1. VegasDragon

    VegasDragon Registered+

    Thank you Emilya as well as others for sharing your knowledge. I will start to water as you described. This site is priceless.
     
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  2. outside

    outside Registered+

    I am glad I revisited this thread. The update on changing watering habits for flowering is perfect timing for me.
     
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  3. emilya

    emilya Future Dispensary Owner

    I just wrote this in response to someone, trying to explain how pH works in a container. I liked what I said so much, I decided to add it to this thread.

    The pH at the bottom of your container is not the same as the pH at the top of the container where the soil is starting to dry out.
    Don't overthink it. Water at the correct pH every time and at least at that moment you know the pH of the entire container is 6.3, where you set it. And accuracy counts... there is a huge difference in adjusting to 6.2 and 6.5. 6.3 is the sweet spot. Hit it every time and keep practicing until you can. I remember many days of up and down as I struggled with the mix.

    When you water at 6.3, the soil takes over from there. Most of our "pot soils" are buffered so that they are trying to achieve a 6.7 pH, so as the soil dries and loses the influence of your liquid adjustment, the pH in that region begins to rise, swinging slowly through the range, and as it does, it is unlocking nutrients bound up in your nutrient solution so that they can become available to the plant. If you never hit the correct pH range, the nutrients just sit there, doing nothing but wasting your money.
     

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