Do Fruit Trees Like Acidic Soil?

Author: JMS Morales
Yes, fruit trees like soil that is slightly acidic.

There are a few factors to consider in order to successfully grow fruit trees. Examples of fruit tree varieties are cranberry trees, Japanese wineberries, filberts and medlars . Different varieties of fruit trees will have different requirements as to soil drainage, soil fertility, air drainage and sunlight exposure, aside from the general climate of the site .  

When it comes to fruit trees, the type of soil that is recommended is slightly acidic soil .

Ideal Soil Acidity for Fruit Trees

The acidity of soil is measured by its pH number. The pH number refers to the measure of the concentration of hydrogen (H) ions in a given substance .
Soil, as with other substances, are considered acidic if they have a pH level below 7.0 . Soil that is slightly acidic is soil that has pH levels between 6 to 6.5 . Soil that has medium acidity has pH levels 5.5 to 6, while soil that is strongly acidic has pH levels of 4 to 5.5 .

Why is Soil Acidity Important?

Soil acidity is important because it determines the fertility of the soil . If the soil is too acidic, the amount of nutrients that are available of the trees is reduced. In addition to there being less nutrients being made available to the soil, the presence of toxic nutrients such as aluminum and manganese becomes greater .

How to Manage Soil Acidity

In order to make the soil more ideal and productive for growing fruit trees, the acidity of the soil must be corrected in order for its pH levels to be within the range of 6 to 6.5 (slightly acidic soil) . 

If the soil is too acidic, lime must be added to moist soil in order to achieve the ideal level of slight acidity for growing fruit trees. This process is called liming. Liming removes the toxic


Works Cited

Sandy Barn and Nursery
"Root Stock Selection Determines Tree Size and Spacing"

University of California at Davis
"Fruit Trees"

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