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Make your trees been a little yellow? They seem to be stressed? It may be time to check the pH of the water.
When our bonsai are watered with an acceptable pH, a variable is removed to plant stress. mineral deficiencies (high pH) and toxicities (low pH) is avoided in the acceptable range. Any type of water source, whether it is from a well or a municipal source, should be checked occasionally for pH. Some municipal water sources in particular can vary greatly throughout the year, from the low of 6 to more than 8 in the summer.
pH test kit is better with a pH of fresh water, which use drops, which is in a pet store and is used to measure the pH in the fish tanks. Avoid litmus paper. It is not accurate enough.
Okay then, enough of the tibia to the subject …
The simplest is to use a siphon to a small or modest courtyard of bonsai. siphons fertilizer can be used to inject a dilute acid (muriatic mixed with water is the best) in the hose. The thin hoselet siphon falls into the bucket of diluted acid, and introduced into the tube near bib. Then, the injection of acid is mixed into the hose as water. With some adjustment amount of acid per gallon of concentrate having, that is easy with a constant pH water leaving the hose.
For example, say we have a bucket of five gallons of tap water at about pH 7.8. If we add about 0.5 ounces of muriatic acid to five gallons, and trap in our hose, which will come out of that hose to about pH 6-6.5, perfect for our bonsai.
And then … be patient!
Water hardness is a separate issue … but adjusting the pH will take over one of the main problems of water could have.
(Make sure you do not get muriatic acid on your skin, but if you do, wash immediately do the trick.)
This article was originally published on http://crataegus.com/2016/05/13/one-essential-to-plant-health-water-ph/