Some plants thrive better with a slightly more acidic soil. Though it is important to research the plant and the plant’s needs. Hydrangeas can actually change their bloom depending on the acidity of the soil. By adding aluminium, a pink blooming hydrangea can turn to blue blooming. Changing the balance is not easy, but it is possible. An acidic / alkaline scale ranges from 0.0 (most acidic) – 14.0 (most alkaline).
Acidic soils are bad for most plants, but not all. Azaleas, Camellias, Fuchsias, river birch, blueberries, and rhododendrons do well in acidic soils, for example (see link below).
However, it is important to know why your soil is acidic. Some plants create acidic soils around them as protection, to halt the competition. Other sources of acidic soil can be rainfall (both acidic and otherwise), ammonium fertilizers, mining activities, or just the breakdown of certain minerals. Understanding why your soil is acidic will help decide whether to plant acid-loving plants, or to try to change your soil’s pH.
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