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How to Stop Deficiencies
Reply #1 Posted on May 24, 2015

Prevent Nutrient Deficiencies with PH 

Adjusting pH Takes Less Than 5 Minutes! Think of It Like a Supplement to Make Your Cannabis Grow Faster and Healthier


 Intro: How Does pH Stop Cannabis Nutrient Deficiencies?


PH is the measure of how “acidic” or “alkaline” something is, on a 1-14 scale. A pH of "7" is considered neutral, for example pure water has a pH of about 7. The measurements of pH has to do with the concentration of hydrogen in the sample.
Okay, so why is pH important to cannabis growers?
Cannabis naturally likes a slightly acidic environment at the roots. Soil with a slightly acidic pH is what causes cannabis plants to thrive in the wild. Proper pH at the roots helps plants get access to the nutrients they need. If the pH at the roots is too high or low, the plant can't properly absorb nutrients and you end up with cannabis nutrient deficiencies!


Paying Attention to pH Gives You Healthy Leaves


A healthy cannabis leaf


Some growers get lucky and grow cannabis successfully without having to worry about pH. Perhaps they had just the right soil, and happened to have just the right water to create the perfect pH environment for the plant roots. If your plant is growing perfectly, without any signs of nutrient deficiencies, than managing the pH might not be something you're concerned about.
Unfortunately, many growers aren’t so lucky and their setup naturally has a pH that is too high or too low for optimum cannabis growth. While there are ways of getting around testing pH for your cannabis grow, nearly all growers will do better by paying attention to pH.


What’s Are the Benefits of Managing pH? 


By maintaining pH...

plants are less likely to suffer leaf problems or nutrient deficiencies

  • without nutrient problems, cannabis plants can grow faster and produce bigger yields
  • occasionally growers are alerted to possible issues before they become a problem, for example if you determine the pH is too high or too low, you can fix it before your leaves start suffering from deficiencies
The main thing to remember is that maintaining the right pH at the cannabis roots helps the plant absorb nutrients. Why is that?
Nutrients take different forms (on a chemical level) depending on the pH around them. Some forms are easier for the roots to absorb than others. When the pH is too high or too low, the plant can show signs of a nutrient deficiency even when the nutrients are physically there at the roots.
With pH, you’re helping plants get access to all the nutrients all the time. While pH is important for all grows, it is most important for growers using cannabis nutrients. The way that liquid nutrients are formulated, they are highly available to plant roots, but only in the right pH range.


What's the Right pH?
  • Soil - 6.0-7.0 pH
  • Hydro/Soilless/Coco - 5.5-6.5 pH
As a result of the pH being too high or too low, cannabis plants may start showing signs of nutrient deficiencies even if the nutrients are available in the growing medium.
Once you get the hang of maintaining the pH, it's a breeze and will take you only seconds. And after you have your grow dialed in, you may not even need to check pH as often because you know what to expect.




Watch a video demonstration of how to pH your water by Nebula Haze 


Watch a youtube video of Nebula demonstrating how to PH your water




5 Important Things to Remember About pH
1.) Always test the pH of water you give your plants (it takes under 5 minutes).
  • Testing - you can use digital pens or a pH Test Kit with drops or strips
  • Get a bottle of pH Up & pH Down - these magical bottles of fluid give you a way to adjust the pH up or down quickly and with precision
2.) If you are using nutrients and still seeing nutrient deficiencies, the first thing to do is check is the pH, since the wrong pH can prevent plants from absorbing nutrients effectively
3.) You may need to flush plants with extra water if the pH is way out of whack
4.) Add all your nutrients and supplements before testing/adjusting pH. Many nutrients/supplements can change the pH of your water. Make sure to add everything to your water before you attempt to test or adjust the pH.
5.) It's okay/good to let pH drift up & down as long as it stays in the right range - Soil pH should be between 6.0 - 7.0. Hydroponics pH should be between 5.5 - 6.5


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