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Growing Organic Cannabis - How do I manage pH?
Question: How Do You Manage pH with Organic Soil?
How do I manage the pH of my soil when growing organically?
I was watering my girls tonight, and I mixed in a half strength dose of bloom nutes. So I test the PH and it is right in range, about 6.5. When I tested the runoff, it was really acidic at around 5.5.
What am I doing wrong, and how do I correct this?
Details about grow - 600W MH, Week 3 of veg, Roots Organic soil.
You don't need to worry about pH when growing organically if you've set things up properly, unless you notice actual pH problems with your plants.
pH management is much less important when growing organically than with other methods for growing marijuana.
Learn how to make organic super soil (custom-formulated for cannabis plants - for those who take organic growing seriously)
When growing marijuana organically, you depend on your soil and the humates it contains to automatically buffer your pH.
Unless you are noticing actual symptoms of nutrient lockout (nutrient deficiencies) than pH adjustment is probably not necessary.
In general with organic growing, it's recommended you do not adjust or try to manage pH until you know something is wrong. In organic growing "if it ain't broke don't fix it."
If you do need to adjust the pH because you are noticing nutrient lockout on your plants, than you should use an organic source.
Organic "pH Down"
- Earth Juice Natural pH Down
Organic "pH Up"
- baking soda
- Earth Juice Natural pH Up
Note: Dolomite Lime acts as a natural pH buffer and will help keep the pH constant when added to your soil during the compost process. It can also help correct acidic soil up to a certain point. If you have just realized your soil pH is too low, try to find powdered dolomite lime, as the larger chunks take longer to break down, though be careful that you don't add more than instructed, lime is "hot" (has relatively high levels of nutrients) and can burn your plant in too-high doses. The larger chunks should be okay if you're just looking for a pH buffer.
Using an inorganic pH adjuster (like the pH Up and Down that come with most pH adjustment kits, for example the General Hydroponics pH kit) will actually damage your microherd (beneficial bacteria) and can set your plants back as far as nutrient breakdown / absorption is concerned.