Q: Proper pH-down solution for rockwool?
K N and P J Harris
ecoli at cix.compulink.co.uk
Wed Sep 25 16:36:55 EST 1996
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> What are some of the best and/or easily available solutions or
> chemicals to use to adjust the pH lower in your hydro nutrient
> mix? I've heard:
> A) Vinegar is unreliable as it will evaporate
> B) Some sort of powdered vitamin C that should be available at
> healthfood stores will work. (Scorbic acid is it?)
> If neither are good, please list some alternates, where they
> might be purchased (locally preferred), and what sort of ratio
> with water that they should be mixed to.
> ksands at jaxnet.com
Both vinegar and ascorbic acid are organic acids and will readily
degrade thus losing your pH control (vinegar = acetic acid will degrade
VERY quickly). The best bet would be battery acid (sulphuric acid) but
if this seems a bit "non-organic" why not try the major gift of the USA
to the world - Cola. This is quite strong phosphoric acid (and a good
buffer to boot) and if it's OK to foist it on the world - why should a
few plants object ?
Peter Harris, Reading, UK.
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