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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 9:02 am    Post subject: A tip for making soil acid or making soil more acid. Reply with quote

I was given this tip years ago by my gandmother to help me grow a magnolia bush on my neutral soil.
If you spread used tea leaves at the base of the magnolia it will make the soil more acidic.
Making soil acidic is important for me to grow acid loving plants
Try it, it works well for my magnolia. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 6:56 pm    Post subject: Make the soil more alkaline Reply with quote

Very Happy great tip SB.
Anybody got some tips to make the soil more alkaline????

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 12:36 pm    Post subject: Ground limestone Reply with quote

In this part of the country, our soil is very acid, so we have to go the other way to grow many things, even decent grass pastures and lawns. Acid lovers like azeleas, blueberries, and rhodedendron flourish with no amendments.

We use ground limestone to make the soil more alkaline. It's best applied in the Fall so it works over the Winter to be ready for Spring planting. It's not very fast-acting like some of the amendments to make the soil more acid.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm hoping to convert a small patch of my alkaline soil to acid this winter, in the hope of planting out a rhododendron and two azaleas that are currently sitting in buckets of ericaceous compost.
What I'm wondering about is the feasability of this. I am a bit concerned that even if I convert a patch roughly 12 feet by 8 or 9 feet, will the surrounding alkaline soil elements begin to quickly make their way back into this patch again, through the flow of rainwater, action of earthworms etc.
I was thinking of using sulfur as an acidifying chemical and working some farm manure in. The farm manure I have access to is basically rotted straw bedding with a good amount of both cow and sheep leavings mixed through. Farmer next door has a big slotted unit and lagoon slurry system, but this stuff is too dry to go into that system so any I take is just so much less for him to get rid of.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Mother has grown rhododendron quite sucessfully in a garden which wouldn't be very acidic, the method she has used is as follows:

Dig a large hole i.e. a few feet square and over a foot deep, remove the topsoil as you won't be refilling with this..
Line the sides with polothyene (But not the bottom)
Fill the hole with peat and plant your rhododendron.

It's a lot of work, but it works.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2007 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a good idea, I might try that as I think I have a bit of old builder's film somewhere.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just looking for a reason why the magnolia bush i planted 2 years ago is 2 twigs with 4 leaves between them and is no bigger than when i planted it,i have neutral soil!so as we drink alot of tea,i shall mix the teabags with peat ans replant on the top of this mix,thanks for that
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone here actually converted a section of their garden from alkaline to acidic? I'd like to grow some Pieris and a Rhododendrum or two and digging out sections and lining it with polythene wouldn't be practical. What's the best way to do it and did it stay acidic?

Incidentally, where do you buy sulphur? Chemist or Garden Centre?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Make the soil more alkaline Reply with quote

James Kilkelly, was GPI. wrote:
Very Happy great tip SB.
Anybody got some tips to make the soil more alkaline????


Fire ashes, test them with a pH kit first and see how they are. My old ash, much to my surprise (a lot of wood and turf over the years) turned out to be very alkaline, so was used to develop the new bed over which old pine trees stood.

It will take time for the soil to settle, but a tilth test in the next few days should reveal if it's working

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