RE: [gardeners] how to make alkaline soil?

Dorsett (
Thu, 2 Aug 2001 11:37:14 -0500

> Have been told alkaline soil makes lavender have a more intense
> fragrance and
> colorization.  So it's the opposite of gardenias, rhododendrons,
> and azaleas.
> What would it be--IE type of natural or fertilizer?
> Mary-Anne

What is your soil like now?  Many areas in the west start with alkaline
soil...and gardeners in those areas try to neutralize the excess.

You may not need any amendments, but add lime to 'sweeten' the soil, if

Too, don't overfertilize lavenders because that promotes quick growth.
Quick growth produces less intense fragrance...dunno about colorization.

Barb in Southern Indiana  Zone 5/6
  Time is what keeps things from happening all at once.