What ph Irises need - Knowledgebase Question

kalamazoo, MI
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Question by dfgquilter
June 5, 2007
Hi! Thanks so much for your past help.

My ph sheet here says Irises need 5.0 -6.5.
My soil (by the Irises) came out 6.8.

Should I make any changes for my Irises or will this be
OK? Is it too acidic? I'm confused on this. Please help.
I have Muracid if need be. If so, how much?

Thanks, Dorian

Answer from NGA
June 5, 2007
The good news is that Iris are relatively tolerant of soil pH. I've grown them in Washington State where the soil is acidic (5.5) and in Arizona, where the soil is alkaline (8.0) without problem. Your soil tests out at nearly neutral, which is fine, too. Instead of trying to lower the pH with sulfur, you might try mixing in some peatmoss as you plant your irises. This will lower your pH by just enough to put it in the slightly acidic range. Hope this clarifies things for you!

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