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Planting acid soil loving plants

Posted on October 14, 2015 by David Fairley | 0 comments

Plants such as Camellia, Hydrangea and Magnolia are easy plants to look after and need minimal pruning, however they do require more acidic soil than most plants. Most soils are lightly acidic but are closer to neutral and not acidic enough for Camelia to grow vigorously. Addition of ericaceous fertiliser is essestial in most areas of Britain, a lot or little, monthly or once a year particularly while the plant becomes established.

 

  Camellia japonica

 

When planting new acid loving plants it is also essential to prepare the ground well before the planting site. We suggest the hole for the planting is double the size of the plant's root ball, then add quality Ericaceous compost and mis this into some of the surrounding soil and add this in to the hole. This means the new roots will have soft material grow into that also is nutritious for strong growth. The early stages of any plant taking into the local site, and the surrounding soil is important if you want the plant to establish as quickly as it can.

 

I  Acer palmatum

 

If the leaves yellow this is means an additional fertilise is required, and if the plant is not creating vigouous and lush growth it also needs feeding. The best time in the year to plant is in Autumn when the ambient temperature cools but is still warm for good root growth, Autumn and early Winter normally of course is reliable for rain. So this gives the root of the plant plenty of time to grow a bit before Winter. The newly added plants should always be kept well watered, soil must be kept moist for this at all times. Be careful you plant is not creating a rain shadow, particularly with evergreen plants, the canopy of the plant can actually stop the necessary amount of water getting to the roots. Good luck!

Fabulous acid soil loving plants include:

 

Acer

Azalea

Camelia

Erica (or Heather)

Hydrangea

Magnolia

Pieris

Rhododendron

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