If you have acidic soil, you need plants that flourish within an acid soil environment. Flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and trees all have specific soil requirements and these 75 acid loving plants are great choices for your acidic-soil gardening and landscaping needs.
75 Acid Loving Plants
There are more plants that like acidic soil than you probably think. Here is a great list of plants that will grow well in your acidic soil!
So, why is a soil considered an acidic? Well, it is defined by pH. What exactly is soil pH?
• The pH soil scale ranges from 0 to 14.
• A pH of 7 is neutral, which is neither acid nor alkaline.
• A pH below 7 is acid.
• A pH above 7 is alkaline.
A pH of 5.5 is 10 times more acidic than a pH of 6.5. A pH of 8.5 is 10 times more alkaline than a pH of 7.5. A soil test will determine pH.
You can test your soil’s pH with through your local County Cooperative Extension Office (in New York State there is a Cornell Cooperative Extension in every county), or using a store bought soil tester or kit. You should test your soil before beginning any new landscape or vegetable growing project.
Here are some of the best soil ph tester kits you can buy online (I went with the reviews):
From the USDA:
Soil testing of the garden site is essential. Soil tests provide valuable information about fertility and pH and provide the basis for fertilizer and liming recommendations. Plan on soil testing the season before the garden is planted, preferably before the ground freezes. This allows for planning of fall applications of nutrients and lime to prepare the garden site for spring planting. Another benefit of fall testing is that fertilizer prices are more likely to be discounted during that season.
Many plants do well in acidic, slightly acidic, neutral, near neutral soils, alkaline soils; in other words, they will grow fairly well in some to all ranges as long as they are not extreme. Some plants prefer a highly acidic soil. To make a soil more acidic, sphagnum peat, elemental sulfur, aluminum sulfate, iron sulfate, acidifying nitrogen, and organic mulches can be used.
Some plants prefer a highly alkaline soil. Liming will raise the pH of acid soils. You can improve soil conditions by adding well-rotted manure (not fresh manure) and compost.
Below is a list of acid-loving plants you can grow in acidic soil. I also grow several types of acid loving plants together when they need to be acidic soil. It is also easy to feed plants when they are all happy to get the same type of plant food. I use Holly Plant Food to feed my acid loving plants.
All of these plants listed below have some acid soil level requirements. Some love acidic soil more than others – they range from liking slightly acidic soil to loving very acidic soil. Be careful with very acidic soil if your plants do not need a high acid soil to grow, as highly acidic soil can inhibit the numbers of flowers and fruits in some plants. Make sure you read up on the exact soil requirements for the fruit, vegetable, flower, tree or shrub you are planting so you know the exact type of soil your investment (because make no mistake about it, landscape and gardens are investments) will thrive in!
75 Acid Loving Plants List:
• Bleeding Heart
• Hosta (Plantation Lily)
• Japanese Silver Grass
• Molinia Arundinacea
• Molinia Caerulea
• Mountain Ash
• Mountain Laurel
• Sweet Potatoes
• Weeping Nutka Grass
• White Cedar
• White Sage
• White Mugwort
• Witch Hazel
Now that you know what vegetables, flowers, trees, and shrubs love acidic soil, you can put together a fabulous garden, grow wonderful flower gardens, and have lovely,
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Do you have a favorite acid loving plant?
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