Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in a Minute

Plant leaves

September 2, 2020
Soil pH and Nutrient Availability

The pH of your soil can have profound effects on the nutrients available to plants. Learn where to get started.

Related Resources


When plants are grown in soils with a high or alkaline pH, they can sometimes suffer from repeated nutrient deficiencies.

This is because nutrients like iron and manganese are in forms that are unavailable to plants when the soil pH is high.

Ixora is an acid loving flowering plant that’s widely grown in Central and South Florida, but it often suffers iron or manganese deficiencies due to high soil pH.

So if you live in an area with a high pH soil, use the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Plant Guide to help you choose plants suited to these conditions. That way you’ll end up with the right plant in the right place.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in a Minute is a production of the University of Florida’s Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, IFAS Extension, and WUFT-FM in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

<<Previous Episode          Next Episode >>

Return to Episode List