17th October 2019


Do Acers need ericaceous soil?

They are also known as acid lovers or lime haters. This means they won't grow well in soils that have a high pH - such soils are referred to as alkaline. Ericaceous plants include Rhododendron, Camellia, Azalea, Pieris, summer-flowering heathers (calluna) and even Japanese maples (Acer) among others.

Likewise, which plants need ericaceous soil?

Plants for acidic compost (ericaceous plants) include:
  • Rhododendron.
  • Camellia.
  • Cranberry.
  • Blueberry.
  • Azalea.
  • Gardenia.
  • Pieris.
  • Hydrangea.

How do you make ericaceous compost?

To make a simple potting mix for ericaceous plants, begin with a base of half peat moss. Mix in 20 percent perlite, 10 percent compost, 10 percent garden soil and 10 percent sand. If you are concerned about the environmental impacts of using peat moss in your garden, you can use a peat substitute such as coir.
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