Soil PH Preferences for Garden Vegetables

How to use the information in the chart. To make the best of the above lists, group plants with similar soil requirements. Also, avoid planting trees, shrubs, vegetables, flowers and herbs in an unsuitable pH. For example, lilac bushes won't do much if their feet are sitting in acid soil, while potatoes will be dotted with scab if the soil is too sweet.
(Note: Don't use them as your only guide because other factors may lead to poor performance.)

Plants are listed here in columns according to the pH level they prefer.
Note that some are very sensitive to pH levels outside their tolerant range, in which case they will appear in more than one column even though they are coloured yellow as being "sensitive".

This green background means that this is an ideal pH for this plant.
This background is the ideal pH for this sensitive plant
This background means that this plant is very sensitive to the pH level of the soil.
pH 4.5 pH 5.25 pH 6.0 pH 6.75 pH 7.5
BilberryApplesAlmondAlfalfaAlfalfa
CranberryBilberryAppleAlmondArtichoke, jerusalem
BlackberryAubergineAppleAsparagus
ChicoryBean, broadArtichoke, jerusalemAvocado
CranberryBean, climbingAsparagusBarley
GooseberryBean, frenchAvacadoBean, french
PineappleBean runnerBarleyBeetroot
PotatoBlackberryBean, broadBeet, sugar
RhubarbBroccoliBean, climbingBroccoli
RosemaryBrussels sproutsBean, frenchCabbage
SageCabbageBean, limaCapsicum
StrawberriesCapsicumBean, runnerCauliflower
CarrotBeet, sugarCelery
CauliflowerBeetrootCherries
CeleryBroad beanChives
CherryBroccoliCorn
ChickoryBrussels sproutsCucumber
ChivesCabbageCurrants
Climbing beanCantaloup melonFrench beans
CornCapsicumGrape vine
CourgetteCarrotsGarlic
CucumberCauliflowerHorseradish
CurrantsCeleryJerusalem artichoke
EggplantCherriesLeek
EndiveChivesLettuce
French beanClimbing beanMulberry
GarlicCornMushroom
GooseberryCourgetteMustard
HorseradishCrab appleOnion
KaleCucumberParsnip
LemonCurrantsPeach
LentilEndivePeas
LettuceFrench beansPecan
MarrowGarlicPepper
MulberryGrape vinePlum
MustardGrapefruitRaddish
OlivesHorseradishSpinach
OnionsJerusalem artichokeSweet corn
ParsleyKaleSugar beet
ParsnipKohl rabiTomato
PeachLeekTurnip
PearLemonWatercress
PeaLentil
PepperLettuce
PineappleLima bean
PlumMarrow
PotatoMelon
PumpkinMulberry
RaddishMushroom
RaspberryMustard
RhubarbOlive
RosemaryOnion
Runner beanOrange
RyeParsley
SageParsnip
ShallotsPea
SoyabeanPeach
Sprouts, brusselsPear
SquashPecan
StrawberryPepper
SwedePlum
Sweet cornPumpkin
ThymeQuince
TomatoRaddish
TurnipRaspberry
WatermelonRhubarb
Runner bean
Salsify
Scorzonera
Shallot
Soyabean
Spinach
Squash
Swede
Sweet corn
Swiss chard
Thyme
Tomato
Turnip
Watercress
Watermelon
pH Plant Preference Lists
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See also...

Identifying Your Soil Type
How pH Affects Plant Foods
Finding Soil's pH
Raising Soil pH
Lowering Soil pH
pH Plant Preference Lists

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