water ph and the side effects

Mary246February 27, 2014

What are the side effect of using water that is too alkaline? The department of water says our water has a ph of 9.4. Thank you for your input.
Mary

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fortyseven_gw

Hi Mary
A lot of people will want to weigh in on this and help you out. So I will defer to their replies. But just wanted to let you know that there is a series of web podcasts called "All About African Violets" done by "Annie" (The name she uses in the world of AVs.) She has done at least one podcast on testing for pH. She has about 65 or 70 podcasts that are each about 45 minutes long. You might enjoy listening to some of
these.
Joanne

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 12:22PM
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irina_co(z5 CO)

Mary -

your AVs will turn brown and die. You coffee tastes awful.
Usually such high Ph is combined with high content of salts. Check the second number - Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). For plants (and for yourself) it is better to have it about 150ppm. If it is close to 1000 ppm and above - it is not drinkable.

After you get this info - you decide if you need a filter for cooking and drinking and watering your AVS. If your TDS is not high - you can correct Ph with vinegar.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 12:32PM
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Mary246

irina: It seems that every time I water my violets a leaf on each plant will turn mushy and rotten. I will start adjusting the ph with vinegar and see if that helps the situation. Thank you. Mary

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 9:45PM
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sjbaby(4)

how do adjust with vinegar?

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 1:25AM
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Mary246

sbaby 4
You adjust by putting in a tiny amount of vinegar. It depends what the ph is as to how much vinegar. I bought ph test strips from Walmart in the Fish area....and started checking the ph. Then I bought a Brita filtering system yesterday and it is helping with the ph and by using that I probably won't have to use vinegar (according to the test strips). I would like to get a ph meter but I hesitate to commit the money to get a good one. Mary

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 12:22PM
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irina_co(z5 CO)

Did you compare the taste of your coffee and tea when made with Brita filtered water?

irina the coffee addict

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 12:29PM
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Mary246

sorry, Irina. I don't drink coffee but I do use a Soda stream to make pop.........and it tastes "cleaner".
Mary

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 9:40PM
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perle_de_or(Zone 7)

I found out recently that my water is too alkaline.. How much vinegar should I try for a gallon of water? Thanks.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 11:41AM
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Mary246

Perle
I ended up getting a Brita water filter and it helped a lot with the ph. It is one of the pitchers that has a filter you change every couple of months.
The amount of vinegar depends on your own water. There is no magic amount that works for everyone.
Mary

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 12:48PM
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irina_co(z5 CO)

You mix a gallon of water with your usual fertilizer - and work your strips and vinegar until it gets to be 6.3-6.7 Ph. Let it sit for half an hour before each remeasuring. I would think you need to adjust for rainy - melting season.

I.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 11:08PM
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perle_de_or(Zone 7)

Thanks so much. Will try this soon.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 12:32AM
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