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Soil pH meter under $50 ???
    #16099 - 05/01/08 12:52 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

i'm looking for an at least half decent soil pH meter to prevent me from torturing my plants any further.

can anyone recommend something that does the job and won't be too expensive?


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Re: Soil pH meter under $50 ??? [Re: araucaria]
    #16292 - 05/01/08 01:42 PM (14 years, 30 days ago)

don't buy a soil meter, you want something that will test the water and your run off.


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Re: Soil pH meter under $50 ??? [Re: coda]
    #16473 - 05/01/08 06:35 PM (14 years, 30 days ago)

ok, what are examples of those?

i have a liquid pH test kit. the drop and match colors one.

can you recommend something for a soil grow?


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Re: Soil pH meter under $50 ??? [Re: araucaria]
    #16476 - 05/01/08 06:53 PM (14 years, 30 days ago)

would pH paper strips work on soil?


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Re: Soil pH meter under $50 ??? [Re: coda]
    #16487 - 05/01/08 07:54 PM (14 years, 30 days ago)

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coda said:
don't buy a soil meter, you want something that will test the water and your run off.




Why wouldn't anyone want a soil meter? I don't understand.

Anyhow, try Lowes, Wal-Mart, etc. for cheaper meters.

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Re: Soil pH meter under $50 ??? [Re: ethnoguy]
    #16503 - 05/01/08 08:32 PM (14 years, 30 days ago)

i am specifically not looking the types found at those places, i hear those aren't even accurate enough to make a judgement


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Re: Soil pH meter under $50 ??? [Re: araucaria]
    #16518 - 05/01/08 09:02 PM (14 years, 30 days ago)

yeah generally they fluctuate alot those ones with the prongs you see in garden centers. I don't have a good answer though.. try ebay?


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Re: Soil pH meter under $50 ??? [Re: Evan]
    #16533 - 05/01/08 09:36 PM (14 years, 30 days ago)

ebay has a half decent version of the "spike" pH/moisture meters, a $30 chinese version of the $60-$100 legit pH "spike" meter. i might just have to settle for that, cause i've looked and looked.... i'll wait to see if someone chimes in with an answer. thaNKs for ALl attempTS to ANswer


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Re: Soil pH meter under $50 ??? [Re: araucaria]
    #16627 - 05/01/08 11:20 PM (14 years, 30 days ago)

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Why wouldn't anyone want a soil meter? I don't understand.




1.) because they're inaccurate
2.) because different layers of your soil can have different PH readings
3.) because even thought it's soil it's best to PH your solution BEFORE you pour it (which you can't do with a soil meter) and if you want to test the PH of your medium your best using the run off instead of the medium itself.


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Re: Soil pH meter under $50 ??? [Re: coda]
    #16632 - 05/01/08 11:23 PM (14 years, 30 days ago)

oh, i also forgot, it's also not a really good thing to be jamming a soil probe in your soil over and over again. Maybe that's just a personal preference but i don't like fucking with my root system too much.


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Re: Soil pH meter under $50 ??? [Re: coda]
    #16670 - 05/02/08 12:15 AM (14 years, 30 days ago)

coda, thanks for the explanation. makes complete sense to me, soil pH meters are meant more for outdoor actual soil beds i guess.

so i should be fine with just my drop+match pH kit


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Re: Soil pH meter under $50 ??? [Re: araucaria]
    #16692 - 05/02/08 12:41 AM (14 years, 30 days ago)

Yup, they're very accurate. If you save some cash up you can find some decent pen PH/PPM/EC meters for 70 bucks and up.


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Re: Soil pH meter under $50 ??? [Re: coda]
    #16748 - 05/02/08 01:00 AM (14 years, 30 days ago)

sweet


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Re: Soil pH meter under $50 ??? [Re: araucaria]
    #16761 - 05/02/08 01:03 AM (14 years, 30 days ago)

Thanks coda!

EG


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