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  • Hose-end siphon mixers for applying acid solution

    Hi, compared to the more extensive siphon set ups within their irrigation systems that some larger growers use ( http://www.ourfigs.com/forum/blueber...-acidification ), I use a simple hose-end siphon mixer. (see links below). When I first got my blueberries, I used to fill a trash can with the right mix, and dispersed it with a bucket. But as my collection grew, I had to find a better way, and these small little gizmos are the way.

    I had been using the brass one for a few years, but it seems to have finally stopped working so I ordered the blue plastic one and used it for the first time this morning, and it's working well. The only catch is the ratio of water to concentrated solution is a bit different. 16:1 with the old brass Hozon, 20:1 using the new blue Dramm. Though I don't believe either is totally accurate.

    Don't be put off by some of the bad reviews - many people don't use them properly. If you do set it up right, they make watering/acidifying/fertilizing a smaller number of blueberries much easier.


    SoCal, zone 10.
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  • #2
    Gina tell us more! Do you lug a bucket of acid around?
    Darkman AKA Charles in Pensacola South of I-10 zone 8b/9a


    • #3
      Originally posted by Darkman View Post
      Gina tell us more! Do you lug a bucket of acid around?
      No. You can use these in a couple ways. If you have good water pressure, and your watering hose is not too long (over 50 ft), attach it directly to the hose bib, and in an adjacent bucket, put the tube from the siphon into the right concentration of acid and fertilizer. You will have to figure that based on your own water quality. Then water as usual. I don't put anything at the end of the hose other than a 'full flow' shut-off on a wand without a sprinkler since if you lessen the flow too much, it won't work.

      Or.. if you want to water your berries further than 50 feet away, put a 'full flow' hose shut off at the end of your hose, put the siphon on that, stick it on a concrete block, inverted flowerpot, or something 'up', with the tube in the adjacent feeding bucket, and then attach a shorter hose to the siphon ..and water.

      You can put a 'full flow' shut off at the end of your hose to turn it off and not waste water, but make sure it is 'full flow' to not impede the siphoning affect.

      (This is an example of a full flow shut-off - the inner diameter is the same as that of the hose so it won't impede water flow:
      http://www.amazon.com/Gilmour-Full-C...+hose+shut+off )

      If you are used to regularly watering your potted berries with a hose, the siphon does cut down on water flow, so it will take longer.

      If how I've presented this isn't clear, please feel free to ask questions.
      Last edited by Gina; 03-25-2015, 02:57 PM.
      SoCal, zone 10.
      www.ourfigs.com Invite your friends.