acid soil


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acid soil

n
(Horticulture) a soil that gives a pH reaction of below about 6, found esp in cool moist areas where soluble bases are leached away

acid soil

A soil that contains little lime (calcium) and has a pH of less than 7. The soil needed to grow acid-loving (lime-hating) plants, such as azaleas and rhododendron.
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The very low heritability estimates, and the lack of significant variation for seedling weight among families (Table 2), indicate that selection for acid soil tolerance at the seedling stage would likely be unsuccessful within the two populations examined.
They are also great for using as ground cover under shrubs in gardens with acid soil.
A ADRIENNE SAYS: Rhododendrons and azaleas need an acid soil as a first requirement, so if you're gardening on lime you must grow them in pots of ericaceous compost or, alternatively, you could build raised beds filled with a suitable soil.
A IT sounds to me like a classic case of 'chlorosis', which is a nutrient deficiency that is suffered by ericaceous plants (those that require acid soil) when planted on neutral or limey soil.
All camellias like acid soil and it's best to dig in plenty of organic matter before planting.
Magnolias thrive in acid soil in sunny, sheltered spots.
Likewise, if you plant a pink-flowering hydrangea on acid soil, its flowers will eventually turn blue.
If you have an acid soil, go for yellow-leaved varieties of heather, such as Gold Haze, Robert Chapman and Wickwar Flame (left) that turn a deep red in winter.
On acid soil they have a lovely blue flower and on alkaline they have red flowers.
These showy shrubs which produce large blooms from late February until May need to be grown in acid soil with the addition of ericaceous compost,ideally in a sheltered spot because cold winds and frost can damage their flower buds.
Use a John Innes compost and make sure that it is an ericaceous (no lime) mix for acid soil lovers.
It prefers an acid soil, but will survive otherwise if you plant it in a rich loam and dose it with Sequestrene.