How Do I Test Soil pH?

Asked May 7, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

We're thinking of planting some blueberry bushes but read the soil must have pH of 5.5-6.5. How do we test soil pH? Thanks

Ingham County Michigan blueberries soils blueberry soils horticulture

1 Response

Actually we recommend a soil pH of 4.5 to 6.5.
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/soil_test_before_you_plant_blueberries
For a small home planting you can use the MSU Extension, Soil Test Kit Self-Mailer (E3154).
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/soil_test_kit_self-mailer
It includes instructions on how to takes the soil sample and a bag for the soil to return to the MSU soils lab. The test results are returned to you by email and you can see recommendations on a website dedicated interpreting these soil test and fertilizer recommendations.
For larger commercial plantings you can buy soil test boxes at your county MSU Extension office and mail the samples to the soil test lab and they will return the results to you.