Soil Problems

High Copper in Soil

jenring added on February 8, 2016 | Answered

My father had a soil test on his garden done. He was told everything is fine, except the copper levels are very high. He has 30, supposed to be around 2(?). Is there a plant that he can overwinter in the garden that will "use up" some of the copper amounts? Do you have a suggestion to help bring the copper level down? Thanks, Jen

Share this Question:
Log in or sign up to help answer this question.
Check here if you would like to receive notifications every time this question is answered.
You are subscribed to receive notifications whenever this question is answered.
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on February 8, 2016

Excess Copper is usually not naturally occurring, it is likely due to excessive copper application.
In my research it can be extremely difficult to remove the copper from the soil.
Heavy concentrations of Phosphorous fertilizers may reduce the available excess copper to the plants. Adding Lime can also help as copper becomes less available to the plants when the ph is high.

You may want to repeat the soil test to verify the results.
You local County Extension Office can help you with a test.

Here is a link to help you locate your closest office.

Here is some more information.

Was this answer useful?
Looking for more?
Here are more questions about Soil Problems

You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.