Tips & Tricks

Interpretation of pointer plants


Pointer plants are so called because they provide information about the soil on which they grow. The different features here in the overview.

Nettle is a pointer plant -

Pointer plants are various plants that only thrive on very specific soils. So they have high to very high demands on their location and the soil conditions there. What appears difficult at first is a great advantage for the gardener. Using the pointer plants, he can determine which soil conditions prevail in his garden and thus adapt certain work steps.

Classic pointer plant categories

The individual categories of the pointer plants are named according to the nature of the soil or the prevailing light conditions.

Acid pointer (acidic soil)

If sundew, cranberry or daisies grow very well, this is a sign of very acidic soil.

Lime pointer (lime-rich soil)

You can see lime-rich soil when a lot of nettle is spreading in your garden.

Lime pointer (low-lime soil)

Dog camomiles and pansies are mostly found on low-lime soil.

Dry pointer (dry bottom)

In addition to the cranesbill and the sunflower, the camomile is also an indication of dry soil.

Nitrogen pointer (nitrogen-rich soil)

French herb, dandelion and white deadnettle grow particularly well on nitrogen-rich soil.

The pointer plants and categories mentioned here are only examples. In nature there are a number of pointer plants that can help the gardener determine the soil. In addition to the specimens mentioned here, there are also pointer plants that show the following soil quality:

  • Magnesium-rich soil
    Red foxglove, gamander
  • Soil rich in humus
    Dandelion, chickweed, squirrel, dock
  • Alkaline soil
    Field mustard, meadow sage, cinquefoil