Acid Loving Plants List | 47 Plants That Like Acidic Soil

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Acid loving plants are all around us. From fruit to flowers, shrubs to trees, lots of garden and landscape favorites thrive in acidic soil.

Plants that like acidic soil tend to do well with acid fertilizers and other soil additives that help to bring down the pH to the acidic range.

I’ve put together this acid loving plants list and tips on soil pH and plants that like acidic soil to help you prepare the best garden beds for your plants.

Let’s get started!

Blueberry Bushes are Acid Loving Plants!
Blueberry Bushes are Acid Loving Plants!

What Soil pH Do Acid Loving Plants Need?

Acidic plants tend to need a soil pH of around 5.5. Some acid lovers may do well all the way down to a pH of 4.5. The lower pH of 4.5 to 5.5 allows the acid loving plants to better absorb the nutrients from the soil. Slightly acidic soil improves nutrient access!

Generally speaking, soil with a pH below 7 is considered acidic. It just may not be acidic enough for specific plants to thrive. You can check soil pH with a soil pH test kit or a soil pH meter.

What Happens If Soil Is Not Acidic Enough?

For soil that is too alkaline, plants may have a hard time absorbing nutrients. This ultimately may result in poor growth or less than optimal growth. Depending on the pH and a plant’s soil requirements, plants may develop a nutrient deficiency as well.

How Can I Increase Soil Acidity?

To best care for plants that like acidic soil, you can increase the soil acidity if it isn’t currently ideal. Learning how to increase soil acidity is relatively easy with a little research. Consider adding acidic plant fertilizer / soil acidifier, pine needles, or sphagnum peat (peat moss).

Soil acidifier lowers soil pH and works well for blueberries and turning hydrangeas blue. Compost that’s decomposed thoroughly can also help to increase soil acidity. Manures and nitrogen fertilizers may also help to create more acidic soil.

Some gardeners report that coffee grounds can improve plant growth in the garden. More specifically, they often say to add coffee grounds for plants that like acidic soil. Other blogs dispute this as a myth. I don’t believe there’s a 100% guarantee on any of this coffee grounds in the garden business, so your mileage may vary.

Benefits of Acidic Soil

Besides being ideal for a variety of garden plants and landscape shrubs, you’ll find a number of acidic soil benefits.

  • Improved nutrient accessibility and uptake
  • Earthworm friendly environment
  • Friendly ecosystem for micro-organisms that convert nitrogen for plants to use
  • Balanced nutrients and trace elements
Julia Child Yellow Roses - Plants That Like Acidic Soil
Julia Child Yellow Roses – Plants That Like Acidic Soil

Acid Loving Plants List

Lots of plants thrive in soil that is acidic or slightly acidic. Here are some acid loving plants:

  • Azalea
  • Begonias
  • Blackberries
  • Bleeding Hearts
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Caladium
  • Camellias
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cranberries
  • Currants
  • Daffodils
  • Dogwood
  • Eggplant
  • Elderberries
  • Ferns
  • Gardenia
  • Garlic
  • Gooseberries
  • Gourds
  • Heathers
  • Hibiscus
  • Hosta
  • Hydrangea
  • Irises
  • Lily-of-the-Valley
  • Magnolias
  • Marigolds
  • Nasturtiums
  • Parsley
  • Peanuts
  • Peppers
  • Pin Oak
  • Pine
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Raspberry
  • Rhododendron
  • Rhubarb
  • Roses
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Spruce
  • Squash
  • Strawberries
  • White Sage

Various other plants—flowers, fruit, veggies, trees, and shrubs—also thrive well in acidic soil. If you know of some we missed on this list, feel free to drop us a comment!

Coral Roses Like Acid Soil

Final Thoughts: Acid Loving Plants

For best results, research and know what type of soil your plants require to reach their full potential. Plants that like acidic soil will do best in soil that meets their needs.

We have blueberry bushes in the back and they’re under some shade. I am not sure if it’s a matter of the shade or a possible pH issue, but these berry bushes won’t form buds year after year. It’s going to take a little detective work to get to the bottom of this one, I fear.

What acid loving plants are you growing? And what are you doing for them to acidify the soil or keep them happy? Let’s chat in the comments below and share tips and best practices!

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    1. Hi Dave! Thanks for stopping by and putting Asian Snow Plant on my radar. This is gorgeous – I had no idea it was a jasmine. One of my favorite flowers of all time is the Stephanotis floribunda, Madagascar Jasmine. If you’re speaking of this Asian Jasmine, Wrightia antidysenterica, I’ve done a little searching and it seems this stunning plant prefers well-drained loamy soil that is slightly acidic to neutral (pH 5.6 – 7.5). Are you growing one? Our zone up here would be too cold but I love the idea of an indoor jasmine. Let me know if you need anything else – I hope this helps!

    1. Hi Barbara, thanks so much for sharing about pachysandra. You’re right, it does prefer acidic soil and grows well even in poor soil or in the shade. Thanks for your comment! Happy Gardening! 🙂

    1. Hi Jill, that sounds great – I hope it goes well for you. I started swiping my hubby’s used k-cups / coffee pods and now I’m working on acquiring a taste for coffee myself. 🙂 Wishing you a bountiful garden!

  1. Do roses like/need acid soil? I have a “hope for humanity rose bush”, the first couple of years it was gorgeous with lots of deep red roses. Last year and again this year I have stems that are falling off at ground level. I don’t know what is causing this. Now I have a sick looking couple of stems. Do you have any suggestions to revive my rose bush?

    1. Hi Marilyn, nice hearing from you but so sorry to hear of your rose troubles. I am happy to take a look if you want to email me a photo of your rose bush! I wonder if any of the leaves are having issues as well or is it just the stems? Could it be anything to do with a fungus like black spot? I had some roses not get established close to planting them but if you have the issues last year and this year, maybe check for a few more clues! Can you prune back the poor looking stems or would it take too much of the plant away? I might try rooting a few healthy cuttings if you can get any, just as an insurance policy on your rose if it continues to struggle. As far as I am aware, roses prefer 6.5 pH, slightly acid just beyond neutral. I hope this helps – feel free to get in touch! (Also sorry for the delay – we were out of town!) Best wishes with your roses!

    2. Suggestion: In early spring, I dig a small trench 2″ deep, and about 3″ away from my 8 roses, and apply 1/3 cup Epsom salt; my mom taught me this.

  2. I can tell you that coffee grounds cause roses to bloom! Causes begonias to grow new leaves, and caladiums to grow, as well. Try it! I just dumped all the grounds on top of earth around the plants.

    1. Hi Vicki, wow, amazing to hear these specific results you’ve seen!! Thanks so much for sharing. I have been emptying our coffee pods into my lemon trees but that sounds just as great with the roses, begonias and caladiums! Best wishes with your garden!

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