Ideal plants to grow by soil pH level


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As you probably know, plants absorb nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium via their roots. What you may not know, however, is that certain plants can only absorb these nutrients at very specific soil pH levels.

Most plants can grow in relatively neutral soil (near pH 7), so it is recommended to keep your soil as close to neutral as possible. Typically, soil between pH 5.5 and 7.5 is close enough to neutral to keep your plants happy and healthy.

But if you are limited in your means to bring your soil to neutral, here are a few easy-to-grow plants which can grow in alkaline or acidic soil.

You will notice some plants will appear in both lists. These are not typos, they really can grow in both alkaline and acidic soil!

 

Acidic Soil

Acidic soil has a below neutral level pH, meaning it tests under 7 on the pH scale. Below is a list of easy-to-grow plants that still thrive under these conditions:

Arugula

Beans

Beets

Carrots

Cucumbers

Garlic

Kale

Lettuce

Onions

Parsley

Peas

Peppers

Potatoes

Radish

Spinach

Sweet potatoes

Tomato

Turnip

Ready to grow some of these vegetables? Head on here to see how easy some of these vegetables are to grow.

 

Alkaline Soil

Alkaline soil has an above neutral level pH, meaning it tests over 7 on the pH scale. Below is a list of easy-to-grow plants that still thrive under these conditions:

Arugula

Beet

Cilantro

Cucumber

English peas

Garlic

Kale

Leek

Lettuce

Onion

Parsnip

Pole beans

Radish

Spinach

Tomato

Turnip

Ready to grow some of these vegetables? Head on here to see how easy some of these vegetables are to grow.

Unsure of the pH level of your soil? You can find out it levels with a quick trick using only vinegar and baking soda. And if you can't find a vegetable you want to grow form this list. Consider adjusting your soil pH levels; here's a quick guide on a couple ways.

Header image by Neslihan Gunaydin


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