Growing Plants in Chert

Q: Does anyone know anything that will grow on a hillside of chert or how to get something to grow in chert?

Hardiness Zone: 7a

Carolb4 from Fairview


A: Carol,

Your best bet is to go with something native that is highly adapted to those specific conditions. I would suggest contacting a nearby nursery that specializes in native plants, or consulting with your closest university horticultural department or county extension agency. They will be able to tell you which types of native trees, shrubs and plants will grow best. They may also know what non-native plants have worked for other gardeners in your area or offer contact information for local gardening clubs where you can exchange ideas.

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March 10, 20060 found this helpful

The only thing I have found for sure is bulbs. I have dafodills and irises growing on mine. Also. herbs seem to be doing well. But, for sure I go with bulbs. Chert is not like any kind of soil I've ever seen. After moving here to Tn and being used to Maine's soil it is quite a change.

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April 7, 20060 found this helpful

What is CHERT? I have never heard of it!

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