Daylilies forum: Do-it-yourself PH testing

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Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
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farawayfarmer
May 28, 2015 8:49 AM CST
Are those DIY kits for testing your soil PH any good?
John
Name: Leslie
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Lalambchop1
May 28, 2015 7:35 PM CST
Good question! I hope you get an answer.
Leslie

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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
May 29, 2015 4:59 PM CST
Sorry, I have no experience with them. From what I read they do a decent job of testing the PH.
Name: Steve
Millbury, MA (Zone 5b)
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steve_mass
May 30, 2015 5:03 AM CST
Those small kits with the matching colors are very gross measures at best. In other words you might be able to tell if your soil is 5 (acid) or 8 (alkaline), but you really don't get an accurate reading. I tried one of those meters where you put some soil in a cup and add rainwater and stick a probe in it. It read 7.1, twice. I didn't believe it so I sent a soil sample to the local University. It came back 7.1. Sometimes you can find a local extension service or master gardener information booth at a plant fair and they will conduct the pH test for you. But I think the meters work.

http://www.amazon.com/Luster-Leaf-1840-Rapitest-Meter/dp/B00...

Steve
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sooby
May 30, 2015 8:43 AM CST
According to this fee schedule from the University of Florida soils lab:
http://soilslab.ifas.ufl.edu/ESTL_pages/landscapevegetable.h...
it costs $3 for a pH test and recommendations, $7 for testing pH, lime requirement and the major nutrients phosphorous, potassium, magnesium and calcium. Presumably you can drop the sample off at your county extension office - I don't know the price of the home test kit you're thinking of but I imagine it would cost more than that?
Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
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farawayfarmer
May 30, 2015 9:17 AM CST
I can pick up the soil sample bags at the local ag extension office, and mail the samples to Univ of Fla along with the $7.
Don't know about dropping the bags off locally.

I wasn't looking at a specific test kit, but an online search turned up kits good for XX tests that were a bit cheaper if you did that many tests.
John
Name: Leslie
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Lalambchop1
May 30, 2015 12:21 PM CST
I think everyone should be able to pick them up from the local Ag Agent. Ours costs $6. Well worth it.
Leslie

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