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    Sulfer

    sandy oxner
    Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:56 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Had soil tested and I have too much PH. They suggested Epithermal Sulfur but I can't find it. I have a raised garden bed and it didn't produce anything last year. Can anyone help?
    duonyte
    Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:22 pm
    Forum Host
    Do you have a garden center/nursery in your area? Preferably a place that is just a gardening center, rather than a department at some big box store. I find that those people will know exactly what you need, what other alternatives there are, etc.
    Peter Bergerson
    Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:10 pm
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    The product recommended to you will most likely be labeled "soil sulfur". When you open the bag, you'll find pale yellow granules of relatively pure sulfur.

    If your soil PH is higher than 7.5, you might want to boost the application with an acidifying fertilizer or aluminum sulfate for a faster effect because the granular sulfur takes a while to take full effect (often a year or more depending upon soil bacteria activity).

    The benefit of using elemental sulfur is that it lasts longer and after the first two seasons, you won't have to apply it any more often than every three to five years to maintain the desired soil PH.
    sandy oxner
    Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:35 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Thanks for info. I have already applied soil sulfer a couple of weeks ago. Should I put more on before I plant and add what you recommended? Should I just add your recommendation now and put no more on at all?
    Thanks
    Peter Bergerson
    Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:20 pm
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    It's hard to give specific recommendations without knowing what your measured PH is and what your target is. Also how aggressively you adjust your soil PH depends on the kinds of plants you intend to grow. Most common garden plants need a nearly neutral PH and are more tolerant of high PH levels than low levels.

    Soil fertility experts recommend lowering soil PH gradually (usually only in .5 increments or so) because its easy to go too far and end up with soil conditions worse than what you started with. Most plants can't take up soil nutrients if the PH falls too low, so you need to proceed slowly.

    Again, granular sulfur needs time to take effect, but you should begin to see some results in a couple of months. If you have some plants that don't tolerate alkaline soils, you can give those a small dose of a fertilizer formulated for acid loving plants to help them along until the sulfur application kicks in.
    sandy oxner
    Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:00 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Thanks. Hope I get garden this year. Tomatoes didn't set and I got lots of leaves but any fruit I did get was very small.
    Zeldaz
    Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:49 am
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    Talk to the Master Gardeners at your local extension office. They can give you recommendations for what you need to do and don't have anything to sell you.
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