Planting acid-loving shrubs

Planting acid-loving shrubs in pots isn’t much different from planting them in the ground, but it requires a bit more attention to soil acidity and container drainage. Here’s how;

Choose the Right Shrubs

Select acid-loving shrubs suitable for container growth – think azaleas, rhododendrons, blueberries, camellias, and gardenias.

Select the Right Containers

Use large, sturdy containers with drainage holes at the bottom. The pots should be big enough to accommodate the mature size of the shrub and allow for proper root growth. (and if you don’t have the right pot, we have plenty to choose from!)

Prepare the Potting Mix

Acid-loving plants thrive in acidic soil. Use ericaeceous compost which these kind of plants love. Avoid using regular garden soil, as it can become compacted and hinder drainage in containers.


Fill the bottom of the container with a layer of gravel or broken pottery to improve drainage. Then, partially fill the container with the potting mix. Carefully remove the shrub from its nursery container and place it in the centre of the pot. Add more potting mix around the root ball, ensuring that the top of the root ball sits slightly below the rim of the pot. Spread a thick layer of mulch over the surface to keep the compost moist.


Water the newly planted shrub thoroughly to settle the soil and eliminate air pockets. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, as excessive moisture can lead to root rot. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

Proper placement

Place the container in a location that receives the appropriate amount of sunlight for the specific shrub that you have planted. Most acid-loving shrubs prefer partial shade or filtered sunlight, although some varieties may tolerate full sun or full shade.

Winter Protection

Well hopefully we’ve seen the last of the really cold weather but come winter you’ll need to provide protection for the shrubs. Wrap them in fleece or move them to a sheltered spot.