It is well known that only good soil can grow good crops. And the pH of the soil affects the normal growth of the crop, which in turn affects the yield of the crop. So, what are the key points to note?
First of all, let’s understand what is soil pH. Soil pH, also known as soil PH, is a general term for soil acidity and alkalinity. Generally speaking, soil pH is used to measure the strength of the acid-base reaction of the soil. Many crops like to live in neutral soil, and soil that is too acidic or too alkaline is not suitable for crop growth.
The pH of the soil also has an effect on the fertility of the soil. A soil with an unsuitable pH level will contribute to a decrease in the active ingredients of the soil, such as calcium and magnesium, which are less soluble and less effective in a strongly alkaline soil. Soils that are too acidic or too alkaline can inhibit the activity of soil microorganisms.
Before planting crops, it is recommended to find out the pH range of the crop, choose the appropriate soil, and if the soil is not suitable, you can improve the soil. Let’s say, tea likes to live in acidic soil, while crops such as radish and apple are suitable to be planted in neutral soil. Improving the soil, in addition to good water management, can also increase the application of organic fertilizer or fish peptide water soluble fertilizer, to provide sufficient nutrients for crops, adjust the pH and enhance the ability of soil acid-base buffer.
So growers can choose a digital soil meter to test the pH of the soil and adjust and improve it in time to benefit the growth of crops.