PERFECT SOIL PH: 10 Natural Ways to Achieve Ideal PH for Plants


Hello Friends! Many of my viewers ask a very important question
what is the perfect soil ph for plants? The answer to this question is not so simple,
but I shall try to simplify this explanation and tell you what is the perfect or the ideal
Soil PH for most plants and also 10 organic or natural ways to soil amendment and make
your soil acidic or to the desired level. All thats coming up. Lets begin with a simple explanation. I assume that most of us know what is PH. And for people who want it more simplified,
PH is a just a number or a value ranging from 0 to 14. 7 that is the middle of the scale is considered
Neutral PH and anything below 7 is called Acidic or Sour in laymans terms and Anything
above 7 is called Alkaline or Sweet. Without going into too much depth, we will
come straight to the point. What is the Perfect or the Ideal or the desired
Soil PH for most plants. How will I measure this and How will I adjust
the soil ph to this desired level. This Value of Ideal soil pH could make a huge
difference and really an important step for those looking to grow bountiful gardens. Because most of the nutrient absorption at
root level happens at this ph. You may be adding a lot of fertilizers, supplements
like micronutrient powders and stuff like that regularly to your plant, but if its not
producing good results and you still have anaemic plants, then you should suspect something
wrong with the soil PH, either its not favourable to your plant or the plant is unable to adapt
to the ph changes. For most plants, the ideal ph has to be SLIGHTLY
ACIDIC, like 6.5 plus or minus 0.2. but this doesnot mean that plants cannot grow
outside this range. Places with lots of vegetation and rain, such
as forests, tend to produce acidic soils whereas Dry and arid zones like deserts are more likely
to be alkaline. Well now, How do I test Soil PH at home gardening
level? Every hobby gardener must have this handy
ph testing tool. This is not at all costly. Actually there are a wide range of soil ph
meters including digital meters with varying costs. This one is actually inexpensive and does
the job for me. You can purchase this from amazon store. Now, How do I adjust my soil PH if its too
Alkaline or even neutral to achieve the ideal PH around 6.5. or a better question is How
to make soil more acidic specially for acid loving plants. You can checkout my video on the list of acid
loving plants from a link at top right corner of this video and also in description. Here are the top 10 natural ways to make your
soil acidic if its alkaline and vice versa. 1. First and foremost is the Rain Water: If its
a rainy season and if soil is neutral or alkaline, you need not do any thing. Just check the soil PH after rains. Rain makes the soil acidic naturally. 2. Good Compost in your soil: This is the basic
requirement. Atleast 20 to 30 percent of your soil or potting
mix should have a well decomposed manure like cowdung or horse dung or leaf compost or vermicompost. This itself is actually sufficient to make
your soil have that desired perfect PH value. If you add compost to your soil now, you need
to wait for atleast a month or two to see the ph change effect because this is a gradual
process. 3. Vinegar: White Vinegar about 1 teaspoon per
liter or water can be used to make the soil ph drop, like watering with this solution
thoroughly once a month or so. Its always better to check the soil ph before
and after application. 4. Coffee ground or even Tea waste: The tannic
acid present in this will lower the ph of your soil slightly. You can watch a separate video on this topic
from a link at top right corner of this video and also in description. 5. Lemon Juice: Some even recommend adding 1
-2 teaspoons of lemon juice per liter of water and watering with this solution once in a
month. 6. Shredded Pine barks or any evergreen barks
if available can be used to mulch on the top soil to make your soil acidic. 7. Sphagnum Peat Moss is another remedy to lower
soil ph. You can see my separate video on this topic
in my channel and a card linked to this video. 8. Alum : chemically called Potassium Aluminum
Sulfate is a compound commonly used in water purification. This is available in powder or in crystal
form. You can powder the crystals and use about
5 to 10 gms per liter of water and water your plants monthly once. You can watch a separate video on Alum in
Gardening for more details. 9. Chemical or commercial products containing
elemental sulfur can also be used to lower soil ph.
10. If your soil is too acidic and you may want
to raise the soil ph, then you can use wood ash as a natural remedy for this job. You can watch a detailed video on this topic
from a card linked at top right corner of this video and also from a description link. So, there we have it folks, that was a short
episode on Soil PH and ammendments. If you like the video, please click a thumb
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100 thoughts on “PERFECT SOIL PH: 10 Natural Ways to Achieve Ideal PH for Plants

  1. I love his videos. He is very intelligent, not long-winded and very informative. He is very willing to share all he has learned with everyone. Awesome….Thank You.

  2. Thank you for this useful information but can this ph levels be decreased or increased by the time or once its done its done.

  3. Thanks. It is very useful to me. I have 750 sq. feet garden. My garden soil has 8+ ph level. I want to make it 6.5 to 7. What is the remedy.

  4. My soil pH level is 4
    How to increase the pH level to 4.5….i read that by adding like you can decrease the acid level in soil…so pH level will be increased….is it true?

  5. I have been having this issue where I try to fertilize with little result and then over fertilize and damage plants. I forgot the ph matters, thanks for reminder.

  6. Sìr i have seen the video very informative at present i am facing serious problem with my garden soil with high alkalinity why soil becomes highly alkaline can we check water with soil metre

  7. When adding Muriate of potash, does it make the soil acidic or alkaline? Thank you.
    I like watching your videos. I find it very useful and I learn a lot.

  8. Thank you for making this video. I've recently bought some coffee plants that require acid soil. I wasn't sure what to add to the soil to acidity. Normally I'm growing a garden and use wood ash to sweeten the soil, but had no idea what to use or how much of it to use. I really don't want to kill my new coffee bushes. I want to baby them and steal all their seeds to feed my morning habit. Lol.

  9. The most simple and concise explanation of this subject I have seen. Understandable even for dummy newcomers to growing like myself. Many thanks

  10. Thanks for being our teacher.
    We learners, are bunch of people who are trying individually to contribute to the mother nature. Honestly.
    Stay blessed and have a good day.
    ALLAH hafiz

  11. I just bought a kumquat tree that i'll keep indoors with full spectrum lighting.   what is the best Ph for a tree?  is there a generic chart for all plants and trees that specifies the needed levels for each plant or tree?  tx.

  12. Ty! Is there any way I can test my PH meter? I haven’t used it in years and all my plants soil are reading high ph. Not sure if I should go ahead and acidify the soil or get a new tester…

  13. Ty! Is there any way I can test my PH meter? I haven’t used it in years and all my plants soil are reading high ph. Not sure if I should go ahead and acidify the soil or get a new tester…

  14. Ty! Is there any way I can test my PH meter? I haven’t used it in years and all my plants soil are reading high ph. Not sure if I should go ahead and acidify the soil or get a new tester…

  15. Ty! Is there any way I can test my PH meter? I haven’t used it in years and all my plants soil are reading high ph. Not sure if I should go ahead and acidify the soil or get a new tester…

  16. I always follow your advice very useful.The black die black is creating very big
    Problem .I use saap , neem oil & bivistin every week alternatively.Will you help me to solve this menace

  17. pH probes are trash. Most you can't calibrate and have to trust that the production facility calibrated them correctly, or at all, and that calibration will last forever. That doesn't happen. The accuracy of these probes is useless.

  18. There is no recommended amount of aluminium in the human diet and it is a bad idea to use it to alter ph in anything one intends to consume or feed to livestock (so yes, it's harmful as an oral antacid). Lime is a safe alternative.

  19. Need to know information on Hydrangea plant can it b grown in mumbais hot and humid climate if not then please let me know as i love hydrangea flowers v much but most of them died when purchased

  20. Good tips. Thank you.
    But, when you say lower the PH, do you mean lower towards the acidic level on the scale, or, did you mean raise the alkaline level?

  21. I didn’t know that PH tester was only about $10! I went over to Amazon right away. One of my blueberry plant is doing very poorly and Home Depot by my place no longer sales Acidic soil. So now I have to make up my own. Thank you for this video.

  22. All these days I thought my garden soil in pots are too acidic because it is showing 1 on the PH meter scale, but today I realised (even in this video) that the PH meter shows the opposite reading. It shows Alkaline towards the lower number and Acidic toward higher numbers. All these days, I was going by the number displayed by the meter which is wrong. Please correct me if I'm wrong. So, what method should I use to immediately increase the Acidity of the soil if it is showing 1 on the meter?

  23. Im growing dragon fruit. I recently tested the soil and found out its high in alkaline (8.0+). My question is, which of these methods will work best to lower the alkaline level to 7.0 or 7.5?

  24. Please suggest the best rooting harmon powder, pocket friendly of course 😊😊. I tried rootex and few more but all are not that impressive.

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