pH is the measure of how acidic or alkaline a solution is. It is commonly used to discuss growing media quality. It's also important when you're dealing with hydroponics because pH levels can affect plant health. A pH of 7 is neutral, meaning it's balanced between being acidic and alkaline. Numbers below 7 are acidic and above are alkaline. The optimum pH level for your plants will depend on the plants and how you're growing them.

 

How do you measure pH levels?

Measuring the pH levels of different solutions isn't difficult. Measuring pH levels have come a long way from small paper strips and a colour chart. It has gone digital. A pH meter can be used regularly to check the pH levels of your growing media and give you an instant reading.

 

How can you adjust pH?

If the pH of a solution isn't at your desired level, you will need to change it. Fortunately, adjusting pH levels isn't difficult. But you do need to do it as soon as possible if you notice that something is off to avoid damaging your plants. To adjust pH levels, there are special tank solutions that you can add to your hydroponic setup.

 

What happens if you get it wrong?

The problem with an incorrect pH level is that it can affect how well your plants can absorb key macro and micro nutrients. It also affects how available and soluble these nutrients are. So, if the pH level isn't correct, your plants might not be getting the nutrients they need to grow.

 

Take a look at our pH meters and other tank control products available on Hyalite as part of your DIY hydroponics setup. Contact us to learn more about controlling your pH levels.