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What is nutrient lockout and how can I fix it?

wilted leaves

Ahhhhh, nutrient lockout. Even worse than losing your keys, (sorry lol) nutrient lockout is when your plants are not absorbing any of the nutrients in your soil. The sad part of this particular issue is – well – adding nutrients won’t help. The plants aren’t taking up what is already there, so adding more is useless. What causes nutrient lockout? Well, there can be a number of things. Your pH is too high or too low (a little usually won’t hurt you unless the plant is extremely sensitive – but if you are extremely alkaline or acidic, you will see nutrient lockout as a result). There can be a chemical…

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Know your pH – Now with pH Powders

pH Powders

The pH value is very important in determining whether or not a substance is acidic, alkaline, or neutral. This will determine if the plant can gain access to the nutrients. The pH of a substance is measured on a number scale of 1 through 14. When your pH is higher than 7.0, it is considered to be basic, also called alkaline or base. When your pH is less than 7.0, it is known as acidic, also called acid. Your pH level can be very important when growing plants. When a plant’s soil or nutrient solution becomes too basic, the nutrients become unavailable to be absorbed by the roots. A lot…

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