The 2019 growing season is almost here!
To help kick-start your season, here‘s our first offer of the year: A FREE pH test. Knowing soil type and pH is the first step toward success! Your success has always been our mission.
First, a quick story of how we learned about pH. Our first crop, 33 years ago, was poinsettias. We felt we were doing things right, but weren’t happy with the top growth - mainly the size of the maturing leaves (known as leaf expansion). A water test indicated high alkalinity, which “ties up” the major nutrients (Nitrogen-N, Phosphorus-P, and Potassium-K), which makes them less soluble to be absorbed into plant cells.
The solution was to add sulfuric acid to our irrigation injection system to compensate. WITHIN DAYS we could see big improvement in leaf expansion! We have been adding acid ever since.
It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to make simple improvements for better plant performance.
1. Identify your soil type. There are 3 major types: sandy, loamy (black topsoil), and clay.
Soil type influences the pH and the drainage properties of the soil. Clay is most common and typically higher pH than sand or loam, and it won’t drain as well. The addition of sand or peat moss based potting soil to clay aids in drainage (AND peat moss lowers pH). You only need to amend the top 6” since most flower and vegetable plants won’t root down any farther than that.
2. Check your pH. There are inexpensive meters available at garden and home centers, or bring it to us.
If your pH is 7 and higher, acidifying amendments like peat moss, or acidifying fertilizer like Miracid or Azalea and Rhododendron Food may be necessary to promote better growth. If pH is below 5, lime is a good neutralizer. MOST plants want pH between 5.5 and 6.5, with a few exceptions.
To take advantage of our test offer, bring a sample with you on Opening Day in April and we will test it on the spot. After that, we ask for a few days to test it and get back to you with suggestions.
We can’t wait to get our hands dirty. See you soon!
Petunia with high pH, creating iron deficiency
Geranium with low pH creating mottled leaves and damaged leaf margins.