Hundreds of plants will grow successfully in acidic soil. There are some plants which require acidic soil to survive. Some of these include:
1. Eucryphia lucida “ballerina”
2. Eucryphia “pink clouds”
3. Eucryphia cordifolia x lucida
4. Eucryphia intermedia
5. Gaultheria procumbens
6. Gentiana sino-ornata
7. Lithodora diffusa “heavenly blue”
8. Lithodora diffusa “blue star”
Many plants need acidic soil to grow. in fact, most plants thrive in soil with a pH reading of neutral or slightly acidic; 6.5- 7.0. Blueberries are one plant that requires very acidic soil (pH 4.0-5.5). Heather, witch hazel, magnolia, dogwood, hibiscus, and tomatoes all flourish in soil with a pH between 5.0-6.0. Roses, sunflowers, most vegetables and most fruit prefer soil with a pH of 6.5-7.
As it turns out, somewhat acidic soil is ideal for most home garden plants. The pH level (below 7= more acidic, above 7= more alkaline) effects the way that plants absorb nutrients, so an ideal pH environment specific to the plant is essential for its successful growth.
Plants that love very acidic soil (ph 5.0 -5.8) include Blueberry, Oak, American Holly, roses, heather, strawberries, azalea, and eggplant. Moderately acidic-loving plants (pH of 5.5-6.8) include squash, beans, corn, garlic, parsley, and sunflowers. Those that like slightly acidic soil (6.0-6.8) include peach, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, pear, and rice.
By adding various additives such as dolomite limestone or mulch, one can neutralize the pH to create more ideal pH conditions.
Although no plant will tolerate extreme acid condition, Plants that require slightly acidic soil environment to thrive well include;
Elaeis guineensis, Zea mays, Musa paradisiaca, Oryza sativa, Citrus spp., Pisidum guajava and a host of others.
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