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Lime-Haters (Ericaceous Plants)


Course Code: AH0216WA21

Example of a lime-hater (ericaceous plant)

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Last Held: September 23, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Please join the online course at 12:45pm EDT (15 minutes before the start time).

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When referring to milk, the word "sour" is bad news, but it is not necessarily negative when discussing the earth in which you grow plants. If you have naturally acidic (under 7 pH) soil in your yard, you could spend a lot of time and effort trying to change the alkalinity level OR you could embrace the wide variety of lime-haters, otherwise known as ericaceous plants.

In this Rutgers Home Gardeners School @Home one-hour Lime-Haters (Ericaceous Plant) online course, learn about the small flowering perennials, shrubs, ground covers, and even trees that thrive in acidic soil.

Rutgers adjunct professor and nursery owner Steven Kristoph will discuss the most common and some of the lesser known acid-loving plants that can fill your garden with flowers, foliage, and autumn splendor. Examples include: Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias, Heathers, Pieris, Blueberry, Cassiope, Eucryphia, Enkianthus, Fothergilla, Gaultheria, Styrax, and more. You will learn how to care for each specific plant including soil, water, and light requirements.

Once you learn about the beautiful and unique ornamental features of ericaceous plants, you’ll want to join the lime-haters club. Register Today!

Meet Your Instructor

Steve Kristoph, Rutgers Home Gardeners School @Home instructorSteve Kristoph

Widely known for his encyclopedic knowledge of plant material, Steve Kristoph has enthusiastically taught horticulture classes at Rutgers University for over 40 years. He earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in horticulture, owns and operates a commercial nursery, and never misses an opportunity to stop and smell the roses.

Registration Fee TBD  
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided at this course.

Accessing this Online Course (It's Easier Than You Think)

Don't worry, taking an online course is more user-friendly than ever. Once you've registered, you will receive a link via email 24 hours before the start of the course. Simply click that link and follow the prompts to allow Webex on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. No microphones or webcams are necessary. If you do not have a microphone on your computer, you will have the option to dial in using a regular telephone to hear the course audio while viewing the course visuals on your device.

New to online learning? No problem! We will be sending out a document with helpful how-to tips for using Webex to all registrants the day before the course. Plus, join the class a few minutes early at 12:45pm EDT to get comfortable with the platform and see how you can utilize the chat feature to ask questions throughout the course.

Program Coordinator Olga Welsh will be moderating the class and she will be able to assist participants, answer questions, and troubleshoot in case you experience any issues.


  • If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with anyone else who will be registering for this course.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with another person who will also be registering, you must update your account with a unique email address. Click the Register Online button below and sign into your account. On the left side toolbar, click My Account. On the drop-down menu, click Edit Profile/Password. Scroll down to the Email Address field (not the secondary email address field!) and enter your own, individual (not shared!) email address here. Click the Submit button at the bottom to save. If you need assistance updating your account, please email or call (848-932-9271, option 2) our Registration Department.

Note: Pre-registration with payment is required.

We're Here to Help!

Please feel free to reach out to Olga Welsh, program coordinator for this class, at any time with questions! We want to make this a fun, informative, and interactive experience for all participants and are eager to help you in any way we can.

Email: ow31@njaes.rutgers.edu
Phone: 732-735-3121


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