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    Killed my sweet potatoes, how to make soil acidic??

    So, I got my sweet potatoes from steeleplantcompany (they actually doubled my order for free), and I planted them the day after they arrived. They looked fine when they arrived, but as soon as I planted them they basically died. I think the problem was that I forgot to check the pH --my soil is 7 and sweet potatoes apparently like acidic soil.

    Does anyone know how to make soil acidic?

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    I could never grow sweet potatoes. They always died on me! ��
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    Re: Killed my sweet potatoes, how to make soil acidic??

    I have read that coffee grounds are effective. I also see that elemental sulpher and high nitrogen fertilizers such as urea will do it. You can get test kits at garden shops.
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    Re: Killed my sweet potatoes, how to make soil acidic??

    Yes, I have a test kit, but forgot to use it until after the fact.

    Yes, saw that about coffee grounds, and even more for diluted coffee--I watered them with coffee/water all yesterday. I'll check again today, but I think it's impossible to save them. I'll just have to work on the soil. I've also seen that about sulphur- so I'll have to try that.

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    Re: Killed my sweet potatoes, how to make soil acidic??

    Not an expert here, but i think most people use peat moss to make soil more acidic. My regular taters are growing in some now.

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    Re: Killed my sweet potatoes, how to make soil acidic??

    Sweet potatoes came back to life (they seriously looked dead). I think it was a combo of the soil not being the right pH and the weather (it wasn't too warm when I planted them). They seriously looked dead, but I was too lazy to dig them out. Even though they looked completely dead, I decided to water them with 50/50 water/coffee (I read somewhere that that is a way to make the soil more acidic). Anyway, once the weather got warmer, they came back to life.

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    Re: Killed my sweet potatoes, how to make soil acidic??

    Quote Originally Posted by Amanda View Post
    Sweet potatoes came back to life (they seriously looked dead). I think it was a combo of the soil not being the right pH and the weather (it wasn't too warm when I planted them). They seriously looked dead, but I was too lazy to dig them out. Even though they looked completely dead, I decided to water them with 50/50 water/coffee (I read somewhere that that is a way to make the soil more acidic). Anyway, once the weather got warmer, they came back to life.
    Well, I can tell you this: I water myself every morning with 100% coffee and it brings me back to life.

    ETA: I am told I am already too acidic.
    " If you are on the wrong road progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. There is nothing progressive about being pig-headed and refusing to admit a mistake. And I think if you look at the present state of the world it's pretty plain that humanity has been making some big mistake. We're on the wrong road. And if that is so we must go back. Going back is the quickest way on. ---C. S. Lewis

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