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Confessions of a lazy woman..

by thisisme about May 16 - report

 Okay.. here it goes.. I never check the PH.  Oh.. I do maybe once ever 3 months check to see if my water is still neutral.. but soil.. or run off ph.. never. 

When I mix my soil it is heavy in peat and I throw a handful of lime in it..but that is it.  While I am not advocating everyone do this.. it works for me.   The less I fuss with my weed the better they seem to turn out.. I more or less just water .. feed and kiss it good luck. Some I do LST.. but I just don't fret over them.  I know that added FF nutes bring the water to the correct PH.. but until they get to that stage.. neutral water is their diet. 

 I know I can't be the only sloth when it comes to growing.  

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  • 2.141

    Texasbob 2.141 points - May 16

    You know, I'm pretty low-key also. I don't really worry about the pH unless I see signs of a problem. I use water that comes directly from a pond that I have in my backyard that has koi and catfish in it so I know it is nutrient-rich and every time I've tested it it's been right around 6.8. I do top the plants because I do really believe it helps but otherwise just try to give it water and Light. I do ad the fox farm Trio and Cal Mag but I know there are people that take things way way more extreme than what I do. There is nothing wrong with that. I think when I first started growing I was a lot more attentive to the plants but they kind of do their thing and that's the way I let it be.
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  • 468

    Kristian 468 points - May 16

    Clones and seedlings like it around 5,7 I think. Going up to 6,5 when they are older.


    But yea, I measured the first 15 times. Now I do it mainly for the young ones. They like it lower. The stuff I give the mature plants is like factory work. I always give like 10ml of ph down to 10 liters to get 6.0 ph. You get a small glas and put few grains of this powder ph down. Its strong af.

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  • 468

    Kristian 468 points - May 16

    The tap water is 8 ph, So I have to fix it a little.

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  • 3.654

    ChAs420 3.654 points - May 16

    i never check mine either..i use FF soil and nutes,..i have good well water here

    • Score: 0
    • chubby441
      62 points -
      May 16

      As long as you KNOW you have good quality well water, you've won the PH battle . My well water is high in cal and mag, so continuous irrigation will raise the ph . Because of a strong peat mix, my substrate is on the low end of the ph scale( 5.0) This al...  more

  • 12.761

    pipeman69 12.761 points - May 16

    Ph out of my tap is around 7.0 maybe a bit higher but when I start adding some nutes, different ball game especially during bloom. I check mine every watering and rdwc, blue lab doser does all the work for me.
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  • 12.761

    pipeman69 12.761 points - May 16

    For a second when I first read the question I thought you were gonna say the reason why you grow auto flowers was you were lazy haha! My bad!
    • Score: 0
    • thisisme
      2.968 points -
      May 17

      Not lazy.. just smart.. pbbbttttttt

    • pipeman69
      12.761 points -
      May 17


  • 468

    Kristian 468 points - May 16

    The drip one or 2 drops in small vile is the most exact, strips are good to. Ph meters pens have to be soaked in water all the time and recalibrated weekly. At least the cheap ones. I never even use mine, gives incorrect readings. Cant be bothered with them.

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  • 334

    Ronp 334 points - May 16

    I am also very low maintenance, only do what the plants need, no more.  In fact currently switching to a super soil mix that I made so will be just watering, no freaking nutes.  If I could get them to grow themselves believe me I would.

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  • 1.377

    bill59 1.377 points - May 17

    My tap water is around 8.0. Adding nutrients brings it down a point to 7 but I need ph down to get the mix in range. I dont think I could do without a good ph pen.

    • Score: 0
  • 4.440

    marlboro 4.440 points - May 17

    I'm kinda lazy I just use the strips. I always check when I change or add to my feed. They're real easy litmus strips once everything is mixed up you just dip a small piece into the mix and match the color to the chart that comes with the roll.

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    • shloppy
      2.943 points -
      May 17

      sounds like i should get them strips sounds easier than the drops.Tired of my pen i check it with drops so what's the point never know when it needs calibrated waste of time.

    • marlboro
      4.440 points -
      May 17

      They're real easy and a roll lasts a long time. It's not exact but you know you're in the right range of ph.

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