Soil pH meters are devices used by home gardeners and agricultural professionals to measure the acidity or alkalinity of a soil. Getting your soil pH right is a must if you want to produce healthy, vibrant plants. To get accurate measurements you need to know the right procedure for your soil pH meter.
What is soil pH, and why does it matter?
Soil pH meters are devices used to measure the acidity or alkalinity of a soil. They work by measuring the hydrogen ion activity and this is expressed through the potential for hydrogen or ‘pH’. The pH scale ranges from 0 – 14 with 0 being extremely acidic, 7 being neutral and 14 being alkaline.
The ideal pH range for most plants falls between 5.5 and 7.5. Although, some plants are still able to thrive outside of this range. Soil pH affects the uptake of key nutrients, so when pH is out of the ideal range there is a chance your plants and crops are not having optimum nutrient uptake and therefore not reaching their full growth potential.
Soil pH can be affected by many things. The most common influences on soil pH are weather, fertilizer, type and amount of irrigation, soil type, other plants in the area and nutrient availability. This means soil pH can change considerably and it is absolutely essential to take regular measurements using a soil pH meter to ensure healthy growing plants.
Material: Plastic+aluminium alloy
Working Temperature: 5℃~40℃
Soil Temperature Measurement Range: -9~+50℃ (16~122℉)
Soil PH Measurement Range: 3.5-9.0
Power Supply: 1 * 9V battery (Not included)
Probe Length: 19.7cm / 7.76in
Item Size: 31.8 * 6.2 * 3.6cm / 12.52 * 2.44 * 1.42in
Item Weight: 81g / 2.86oz
Package Weight: 182g / 6.42oz
Package Size: 35 * 8 * 6cm / 13.78 * 3.15 * 2.36in
How to use this soil tester?
Step 1: Take off the red cover in the end of the probe, and turn on the tester.
Step 2: Stick the probes into the soil 3-5 inches
Step 3: Adjust the position of the probes until the tester is fixed in the soil to be tested.
Step 4: Read the data of Moisture/pH/Light Level/Temperature in the dial about 10s. Push the switch at the back to pH or ℃ position as needed.
Step 5: Remove probes from soil and wipe clean after each use.