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whats a ratio for hydrated lime in a casing?
    #1539451 - 05/11/03 06:53 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

I am making a casing out of two 1/2 pint cakes, the casing mixture I intend to use is a 50/50 mixture of vermiculite and peat moss, I am also going to put in some hydrated lime, but how much should I use? I haven't read a tek where there gives you and aproximate amount. But it would be really helpful if someone could give me a ratio or rough estimate. Peace.


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Re: whats a ratio for hydrated lime in a casing? [Re: Cubieman420]
    #1539655 - 05/11/03 08:35 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

You test the pH of the casing mixure & adjust accordingly - with a meter or litmus strips. There is no set ratio, as the pH of peat differs by where it came from. Read the FAQ on pH of casing mixtures. It gives extensive info.

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Re: whats a ratio for hydrated lime in a casing? [Re: Cubieman420]
    #1539870 - 05/11/03 10:41 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

I agree w/ sixtango.  Get some litmus strips or a ph kit and adjust it yourself.  Personally, I was unable to find hydrated lime ot ground limestone in my area.  All I could find was dolomitic lime and Bandini brand crushed oyster shell. 

Since the dolomitic isn't good to use, I went with the Oyster even though most just recommend it as a buffer and not a quick ph changer.  However by testing my casing substrate with a pH kit, I was able to make my 'soil' slightly alkaline (7.2 pH).  A word to some of you: If you can't find limestone/ hydrated lime and can only get crushed oyster shell it will work fine-just remember to use a pH kit!! :wink: 


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