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turpentyne

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Good sturdy soil moisture % meter?
« on: December 10, 2020, 12:16:29 PM »
I know it's a bit of a gardening question, but it's for tropical fruit trees.

I'm trying to find a good soil moisture sensor that's longer and sturdier than the cheap small ones I see online. I've got clay soil. Even ammended, I imagine it'll break those things in no time. I found a Reotemp model that looks good, but it requires me to wet soil and calibrate the meter to my 'preference'. I don't want preference comparison. I could be wrong, and different plants have different needs. I want fact: soil moisture percentage.

Maybe it's my ignorance of what's possible or available. but Maybe someone knows a good tool to use?

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Re: Good sturdy soil moisture % meter?
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2020, 02:47:14 PM »
You will probably get better results with sensors based on the FDR principle, for example S-SMD-M005 from Decagon Devices. But I'm not sure if calibration can be avoided.

 

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