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Hi, iv'e got a puzzle, i have two Pieris in pots which are doing really well but i want to plant them in the garden because of their size both over 5ft ( a lot of people in my area have) but when i tested my soil it is neutral, what can i do to bring this down please. Tony.


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,983
    There's not much you can do Tony. 
    Soil has strong buffering properties (i.e. it will resist change to pH).
    You could try a regular top-dressing with ericaceous compost or sulphur chips which will help.
    If others are growing Pieris is their gardens locally, you should be ok.
    Many people round here grow them, and here the soil is only just on the acid side of neutral
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  • LynLyn Posts: 21,398
    I don’t think it’s ever a good idea to try to change the soil you have but to work with it. I love my acid soil, I have so much that grows well in it. Find plants to suit.
    with the Pieris I don’t think they are over fussy, as long as it’s neutral,  I have a nice one growing big in a tub of multi purpose, but the best one is in the ground.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 6,968
    I have 2 in neutral soil. They are growing well. 
    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • Manc_Debi.Manc_Debi. Posts: 82
    Years ago my grandmother buried a rusty old bike wheel and planted her Hydrangeas over it. She said that helped the acid lovers.
  • Ok thanks all i'll try it . Thanks again Tony.
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,398
    Where we used to live our hydrangeas were all pink, my mum buried a handful of rusty nails they then turned blue next year.
    Even so, I still would still say don’t try to change your soil and just go with what you have, it never quite works. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy Posts: 6,008
    Sequestered Iron feed will help but as said above you can't change the soil fundamentally.
    AB Still learning

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