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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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