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'Loam Based Compost'

Plants for Containers | Plants for a Purpose

…in multipurpose compost although for perennial plants and shrubs its best to use a loam-based compost such as John Innes No. 2 or 3. These are heavier than multipurpose composts, lending stability to long-term container plants and they also retain water well. Use ericaceous compost if your container…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 10th January 2014

…soil still remains sodden over the coming weeks then the best solution would be to plant up your lilies into pots for the time being. Use a loam based compost such as John Innes No.2. You can stand the containers in a cold greenhouse or sheltered position outdoors to protect them from becoming too…

Thompson and Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 12th July 2013

…to give your plum tree another chance you could try scattering a slow-release balanced fertiliser around the base of the tree next spring along with a mulch of well-rotted manure or compost (although take care not to mound mulch against the trunk). It may also be worth taking a close look at the…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 19th October 2012

…casting the bulbs across the planting area and plant them where they land. Alternatively, plant your Dutch Iris bulbs in deep containers of loam based compost such as John Innes No. 2 and grow them on in a greenhouse or a cool sunny windowsill for an early indoor display. After flowering, allow…

Cosmos

…The bipinnatus types are raised either as hardy or half-hardy annuals. The seeds are long, curved and easy to space sow in a peat or loam based compost in April at 60F (15C). They germinate in a couple of weeks and are best pricked out in 3in (7.5cm) pots as they grow quickly. Once established…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 3rd May 2013

…plants I would recommend using a loam-based compost such a John Innes No. 2 or No. 3, mixed with some ordinary multipurpose compost. This will make the pot very heavy but provides a much better growing environment for your Acer! Multipurpose composts break down over a number of years, becoming prone…

Growing Hardy Geraniums from Seed

…sieved sterile loam and sieved peat, with the addition of 2oz (57gms) calcium superphosphate and ¾oz (21gms) lime per 1 bushel (36L) of compost. Ripe seed should be sown on a firmed surface and covered with a thin layer of compost and ¼inch (6mm) coarse grit. The compost should not be…

Sowing & Germinating Sweet Peas

…until they are actually planted out. Usually when this method is chosen the seeds are sown in autumn (mid-October). A compost such as John Innes 2 or 3 which is soil based loam and is a good choice or alternatively a peat-based mixture with perlite or vermiculite added to it. It needs the addition…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 8th February 2013

…plant and more fruit use a container of 45cm (18") diameter and depth. Make sure you use a mixture of ericaceous compost (compost for acid-loving plants) and soil based compost such as John Innes No.3 for long-term container growth. Keeping your blueberry in a pot will result in slightly smaller…

Thompson and Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 5th April 2013

…and climbing roses simply need flowered shoots reducing by a third, and any twiggy growth removed. Apply a mulch of well rotted manure or compost to the base of your roses after pruning. I hope that helps Shirley. Name: Lucy Garden Question: New question for Sue - I'd like to grow a leptospermum…

Facebook questions April 1st

…will provide space for good root growth and will also provide a stable base for supporting such a tall climber. Make sure you use loam-based compost to fill your container, such as John Innes, rather than multipurpose compost. If you're using a wigwam-style support, try training the stems around the…

Auriculas

Compost No.1, two parts soil-less Potting Compost and one part grit. We use this in plastic pots. For clay pots the amount of grit could be halved. It is wise to repot annually. Some growers merely shake off some of the loose compost, remove offsets and repot. Others shake off all the compost then…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 22nd February 2013

…growth from the base? Answer: Hi Anna, you can certainly repot your clematis by pruning the roots - it's a good idea and will keep the plants healthy. Once you've removed your clematis from their containers, cut away the bottom third of the root ball and place fresh loam-based compost, such as John…

How To Grow Herbs

…with well drained soil. If you have heavy clay soil then incorporate some coarse grit and organic matter such as well-rotted manure, compost (new or spent compost) or recycled green waste to improve drainage. You may benefit from growing herbs in a raised bed to ensure sharp drainage. The best soil…

Hellebores

…year from germination, but it is much more likely that they will require two whole growing seasons or even three before flowers are seen. The compost for the seeds and for potting-on may be one of the soil less types or a loam-based one such as John Innes, and I find that the seeds are best covered…