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Growing Media pH and EC Testing: Method (for soil-less growing media)

The pH measures the hydrogen ions in the growing media, while EC (electrical conductivity) measures the soluble salts in the mix. For optimal plant health, the pH and EC of the growing media should be in accordance with the plant’s requirements because different plants can have different preferred pH and EC ranges (see Container Media Management; K. Bodman & Dr. K.V. Sharman which can be purchased from NGIQ).