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- Contains components for 40 tests. 10 each for Soil pH, N, P and K
- Comes with sturdy plastic case
- Simple and detailed instructions included
- pH preference list for hundreds of plants included
- Tips for gardening and altering soil conditions included
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|Item Dimensions||9 x 1.25 x 8.25 inches|
|Item Weight||0.75 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||1662|
|Shipping Weight||0.84 pounds|
The #1662 Soil Test Kit from Environmental Concepts is a liquid based testing kit which is great for hobbyists, classrooms and professionals. In contains all components needed for a total of 40 tests. 10 each for soil pH, Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potash. Detailed instructions are included along with extensive guidelines for altering soil and using the best plants for your soil environment. From Environmental Concepts, makers of high quality soil testing products for over 40 years.
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I am guessing that the reviewers either didn't let their samples completely dry, which will effect the results since you would actually be measuring the contents of the groundwater AND the soil, not the soil. Or they didn't pulverize the soil sample into dust, which it definitely should say on the instructions. You can't reliably extract the nutrients from chunks of dirt. I dried mine in the sun for a few hours then smashed them with a plain old spoon before putting them in the test tube. I can't give the kit 4 stars because of this. Also if you are submitting samples to get tested in a lab you have to virtually duplicate the sample. Same hole, same depth, or your results won't exactly match. also as the kit suggests you need to take multiple samples and average the results. I took 8 samples, 1 from each of my beds. These results were fairly consistent as I hadn't fertilized them in a while so the nutrients were back to the base levels found in my soils. I compared the pH and nutrients to levels reported by the local agriculture extension service for my area and soil type and they were consistent.
Finally, they claim you can do 80 tests with the kit. Yeah right, that would maybe be the total for all tests in the kit. You'll get more like 15 tests for each nutrient if you don't mess any up. So that's a definitely misleading, unless you know what they mean by 80 tests beforehand (which you can't until you get the actual kit). And for those who complain about getting moire of the solutions, it is plainly stated in the kit that more can be obtained by emailing them. So unless you did and they wouldn't supply them, you are wrong. Overall I don't think you can find a better and more thorough kit for them money. If you're really serious about matching what your results are with what the lab does, find a kit at one of the ag. supply website sand pay a LOT.
Tell the truth and give abundantly clear instructions and I will up my rating. Until then buyers need to read this before purchasing. IMHO :)
The booklet provides guidance in interpreting readings and how unacceptable readings are corrected, leaving specific instructions for product use to the brand company. In the case of generic substances like lime, the booklet provides a table indicating pounds per 1000 square feet based on soil type and consistency. The booklet also provides extensive lists of plants and flowers suitable for which Ph environment and does the same for grass types.
Someone said the tester does not provide numerical values for the relative scale. This is a $20 consumer test kit. A soil test lab can report index scale or parts per million by using atomic absorption spectrophotometers, Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometers (ICPs), Alpkem Rapid Flow Analyzers, Lachat Flow Injection Analyzer; and colorimeters, literally many hundreds of thousands of dollars in test equipment and those results do not interpret into treatment or what to buy at a garden center.
The test is easy to use, accurate and provides more than enough information to lay out a successful and cost effective treatment plan for a lawn and garden.
I opened the envelope and the item was in the green "retail" packaging. I red the directions thoroughly and began testing pH. Instructions stated to wait 5 minutes so in that time I began the Nitrogen test. Following the directions, I inserted the mixture into the pump and very slowly began turning the green pump knob. And boom. It cracked. Literally on the first attempt at the test. I was it with one filter piece in it and incredibly slow. I thought it was unusual that none of the extracted mixture was, extracting. Then it cracked down the side.
I tested for pH and the three primary minerals. Every one except the potash test worked well.
For Potash, the instructions might as well be in Swahili, because it's impossible to decipher the results by looking at the various images through the bottom of the test tube. How many squares have to disappear before a measurement means anything? Who knows? Someone who knows how to communicate needs to redo the instructions and testing method for Potash.
The others are fine and easy to interpret.
And if I get 80 tests out of this kit, I'll be expecting to see pigs flying overhead.