Water Acidity

semajeAugust 10, 2010

Alright, so I have some miracle fruit seedlings. They are in soil I've ordered from LiveMonarch (website). Its a special soil just for these plants. But my water here is too alkaline for these plants which for those of you who know, is a no can do for miracle fruit. So my question is, How can I compensate for this? Its currently a 7.7 (water ph)



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hmhausman(FL 10B)

Use collected rain water.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2010 at 1:57PM
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I thought of that, but I measured the acidty ands its only like 6.8. Thats probably not enough?

    Bookmark   August 10, 2010 at 2:20PM
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hmhausman(FL 10B)

Rain water works fine for mine.....I think it will work for yours as well.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2010 at 2:51PM
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ashleysf(9 San Jose,CA)

Add a teaspoon of white vinegar to a gallon of water when you water the miracle fruit plants. Do it at every watering. It works great for all my acid loving plants as the vinegar lowers the ph of the water. Since the effect of the vinegar is not permanent, it would be a good idea to use it at every watering.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2010 at 3:15PM
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For other acid loving, sensitive (salt sensitive, I guess) plants, like gardenia, I use rainwater or the water produced by the air conditioner plus an acid fertilizer When rainwater and air conditioner water are unavailable (I live in the frozen North) I use distilled water which works well. These plants use less water in the Winter so it isn't too bad. About a month ago I sprinkled a pinch, literally, of garden sulfur over the Miracle Berry's pot and it put out a few leaves but I plan to be extremely careful with this and wait a month or two between doses. I think it would be very easy to over do it.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2010 at 9:41PM
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It's probably the alkalinity that affects them rather than strictly pH. Rainwater has very little alkalinity compared to tap water. But if you're inclined to be a pH nazi you can buy some pH down at the local aquarium or hydroponic store. Much stronger than vinegar.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2010 at 3:35PM
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Thanks a lot for the suggestions everyone. Pepperrot, Yeah wow, I never thought of it that way. So as long as the water is somewhat acidic, it will be fine?

    Bookmark   August 11, 2010 at 9:20PM
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