Shrubs For Acidic Soil

Shrubs For Acidic Soil

The acidity of the soil is an important parameter of the surrounding conditions for shrub plants. Generally, a PH value less than 7.0 is considered as the acidic soil while a value over 7.0 is considered as alkaline. Actually most plant prefer to live in a slightly acidic environment to absorb water and nutrients better. You should avoid planting shrubs in an alkaline environment and frequent soil acidity test should be performed frequently to ensure the correct acidity of the soil. A variety of substances like fertilizer or rain water may raise the PH value gradually, and you should pay enough attention to this if the poor growth of your shrubs are observed.

As a popular shrub plants cultivated in thousands of gardens, Camellia is an evergreen shrub plant which can grow more than 10 feet in height. There are a variety of colors for these shrubs and there are some famous varieties like japonica and sasanque which are planted in many yards. They are slow-growing plants which can effectively resist the coldness of the winter days. The ideal PH value of the Camellia shrubs are around 6, and they also prefer to live in well-drained conditions for better health.

Gardenia is another shrub family which prefer acidic soil conditions to survive. They are beautiful evergreen shrubs which can grow up to 8 feet in height. The attractive green foliage and beautiful blossoms are main features of these landscaping plants in summer gardens. The best soil acidity for these plants are between 5 and 6, and you should also ensure adequate moisture of the soil to make them grow happily. Some mulching materials can be applied to help the plants keep the moisture better.

Image provided By aussiegall from sydney, Australia (Gardenia 2 Uploaded by russavia) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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