Vegetable & Herbs pH Range

Vegetable & Herbs Soil pH range chartEvery vegetable, flower, herb, tree, shrub has a preferred soil pH range.

If your plants are not growing well, perhaps the problem is that the  soil does not have the proper pH for it. So if you have a meter, you can quickly find out the pH of the soil in question, then check this list and see if your soil’s pH needs adjusting.

As mentioned in the previous post  “Soil pH Meter“, when the meter’s needle points to any number  from 1 to 6.9 on the meter, your soil is acidic (how acidic depends on the number with 1 being extremely high acidity and gradually decreasing in acidity as the number goes up towards the 6.9 soil pH range).
If the needle stops on any number from 7.1 to 14, your soil is alkaline.

Below is a chart listing different vegetables and herbs and the soil pH range in which each one will grow best.


Vegetables and Herbs

NamepH Range
Artichoke

Asparagus

Basil

Bean (Runner, Broad, French)

Beetroot

Broccoli

Brussels Sprouts

Cabbage

Calabrese

Carrot

Cauliflower

Celery

Chicory

Chinese Cabbage

Chives

Corn – Sweet

Cress

Courgettes

Cucumber

Fennel

Garlic

Ginger

Horseradish

Kale

Kohlrabi

Leek

Lentil

Lettuce

Marjoram

Marrow

Millet

Mint

Mushroom

Mustard

Olive

Onion

Paprika

Parsley

Parsnip

Pea

Peanut

Pepper

Peppermint

Pistacio

Potato

Potato – Sweet

Pumpkin

Radish

Rice

Rosemary

Sage

Shallot

Sorghum

Soyabean

Spearmint

Spinach

Swede

Thyme

Tomato

Turnip

Water Cress

6.5 – 7.5

6.0 – 8.0

5.5 – 6.5

6.0 – 7.5

6.0 – 7.5

6.0 – 7.5

6.0 – 7.5

6.0 – 7.5

6.5 – 7.5

5.5 – 7.0

5.5 – 7.5

6.0 – 7.0

5.0 – 6.5

6.0 – 7.5

6.0 – 7.0

5.5 – 7.5

6.0 – 7.0

5.5 – 7.0

5.5 – 7.5

5.0 – 6.0

5.5 – 7.5

6.0 – 8.0

6.0 – 7.0

6.0 – 7.5

6.0 – 7.5

6.0 – 8.0

5.5 – 7.0

6.0 – 7.0

6.0 – 8.0

6.0 – 7.5

6.0 – 6.5

7.0 – 8.0

6.5 – 7.5

6.0 – 7.5

5.5 – 6.5

6.0 – 7.0

7.0 – 8.5

5.0 – 7.0

5.5 – 7.5

6.0 – 7.5

5.0 – 6.5

5.5 – 7.0

6.0 – 7.5

5.0 – 6.0

4.5 – 6.0

5.5 – 6.0

5.5 – 7.5

6.0 – 7.0

5.0 – 6.5

5.0 – 6.0

5.5 – 6.5

5.5 – 7.0

5.5 – 7.5

5.5 – 6.5

5.5 – 7.5

6.0 – 7.5

5.5 – 7.0

5.5 – 7.0

5.5 – 7.5

5.5 – 7.0

6.0 – 8.0

It makes a big difference to the plants if the soil pH is too alkaline or too acidic by even 0.1.  For example, artichokes grow best in a soil pH between 6.5 and 7.5.  Now if the pH is 6.4 or 5.6, that is enough to make it difficult for artichokes to grow well or even grow at all.  Having the incorrect soil pH makes it impossible for the roots to absorb any nutrients.

So if you want to have lush, healthy plants, be sure that they are planted in  soil which has the best pH  for them.

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