Plant pH - Plant
Tissue pH = ENERGY
Liquid pH values of plant tissue effects many chemical and
biological activities within the tree. The degree acidity
or alkalinity in the plant is known at the pH Shift or pH
Reaction. The liquid pH values of plant tissue have been
used as an accurate, simple but important method of
determining the following:
Enzymatic breakdown of carbohydrates (sugars) for proper
growth and vitality of the tree.
Risk potential for insect damage.
Risk potential for foliar disease attack.
Nutritional balance in the growing tree.
Quality of nutritional balance.
can define pH as a number equal to the logarithm of the
reciprocal of hydrogen ion concentration within a
solution. (Power or potential of hydrogen ion H+).
(See Article Soil pH).
In this case, the solution is
the liquid of the plant cell. It is important to know that
a change in the pH of a solution by one unit equals a
change in the hydrogen ion concentration by tenfold. If
the pH is increased or decreased by two units, the
hydrogen ions concentration changes one hundred fold. You
can see why what appears to be only a slight shift in pH
can mean disaster.
Indirect method of determining the energy levels of a
plant is by the carbohydrate (sugars) levels in the cell
liquid. A refractometer is used for this test to determine
the levels of sucrose in the cellular fluid. This reading
is referred as the “Brix” scale.
event of or to ascertain a pH shift in the cellular liquid
outside a . 5 point from the normal 6.4, a tissue sample
test taken would determine the exact imbalances and what
materials should be applied.
often there is an insect attack when the plant cellular
tissue pH goes to high which causes a localizes, rapid
energy loss (drop in pH) and results in a localized tissue
disease attack. Tissue pH adjustments can stop disease of
insects attacks once they have started.
A pH of
7.0, which is neutral, within a the cell fluid means that
the liquid contains 100 percent saturation by cations
other than hydrogen. (in other words, a neutral solution
contains no hydrogen ions H+). At a plant’s ideal cellular
fluid pH of 6.4, the saturation of cations other than
hydrogen is about 88 percent. At this level of saturation
of principally calcium, magnesium. potassium and sodium,
the intensity of the ionization and activity of the
elements as electrically charges ions generated a hertzian
electrical oscillation of a frequency of 7. 5 to 32 hertz
which is the “healthy” frequency of a living cell. To
decrease the cellular pH to 6. 0 is to lower the
saturation of the above four principal elements to 80
percent, thus lowering the hertzian oscillation potential
(frequency) level of attraction to all plant pathogens and
processes occurs in animals and human cells. The hydrogen
accumulation in the cell means the saturation of Ca
(calcium), Mg (magnesium), K (potassium) and Na (sodium)
is decreasing causing the frequency to decline. This low
frequency leaves the cell easy target for bacterial and
viral attack of other malfunctions. For a rapid adjustment
of low pH, calcium can be applied to the foliage in small
amounts. To quickly bring down a pH that is too high,
small amounts of phosphate can be applied to the foliage.
However, these type of quick fixes are usually only
temporary and should be used while awaiting to a complete
energy release of link breaking occurs faster than the
cell can use it (energy) then energy is then lost into the
air. This condition usually occurs when the cell liquid pH
is below 6.4 and most often indicates low Ca (Calcium) and
higher K (Potassium). The reverse can occur also if the
links in the carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and sugar are broken
too slowly (low enzyme activity) the plant is starves for
proper energy needed growth. This usually occurs from low
Mn (Manganese) or Zn (Zinc) or under high nitrogen / high
tissue pH levels coupled with drought stress.
Maintenance of proper nutrient balance and pH will assure
that a tree is positioned to grow and flourish with a
minimal affect of potential disease, infestation,
environmental or weather related stress.
"Tainio, Bruce D., Tainio Technology & Technique, Inc.
Biological Farm Management System Products and
(Tainio Technology & Technique, Inc. 1993, 2001, 2004,
2005, 2006, 2007, 2011 p. 49) - Reprinted with
Tainio Technology & Technique, Inc."