Lemon juice to lower PH??????

Discussion in 'Newbie Central' started by insanelane, Mar 13, 2008.

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    insanelane

    insanelane Active Member

    Is it rrcommended to use lemon juice to lower the ph of my water?
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    ViRedd

    ViRedd New Member

    Citric acid is an acid ... so it WILL lower PH. A couple of questions though:

    1. Are you in soil?
    2. If in soil, what's the PH of your run-off?
    3. What PH level are you trying to achieve?

    Vi
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    insanelane

    insanelane Active Member

    Well its a seedling about a week old now, 3 sets of leaves. Its in a rock wool cube, about to go into a hydro system for my first grow. Im using good tap water, but just to get it to about 5.8 - 6.0 ive been dripping a little lemon juice in the water and testing again and it seems to be working. Wanted to make sure i wasnt giving it something bad.
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    User24

    User24 Well-Known Member

    I can't say I recommend it, as there are plenty of ready made solutions to use that are really inexpensive, that have no other effects, its hard to say what trace elements and salts may come out of citrus juices.

    it will lower your ph, but at what cost is the question.
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    email468

    email468 Well-Known Member

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    Barrelhse

    Barrelhse Well-Known Member

    Mandala recommends cheap vinegar for a pH down.
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    insanelane

    insanelane Active Member

    What would be something around the house (like u said vinegar) for raising the ph up?
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    email468

    email468 Well-Known Member

    baking soda. though i recommend using quality pH up and down.

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