Best compost for container shrubs

Discussion in 'Container Gardening' started by Howard Stone, Jun 30, 2019.

  1. Howard Stone

    Howard Stone Gardener

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    I must admit I've always used John Innes 3 because it retains water well, and I always figured that that counterbalanced all the disadvantages of weight and clagginess.

    But I'd like to know what others have found.
     
  2. FlyFifer

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    I tend to use a general multi purpose (or ericacious depending on shrub) and mix with 20% manure and 10% sand. That works for me in central Scotland.

    They do take a bit of looking after though with extra feeding and watering where necessary.

    My roses and Rhoddos are in 50l minimum pots and seem to do well.
     
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    John Innes for me every time.:)
    John innes holds moisture and nutrients better than mpc I think.
    However, I adjust according to the plant.
    Most Alpines have as much as 50% grit or perlite added for example.
    Greedy plants have dried manure, chicken pellets, compost added
    Research what every individual plant needs and act accordingly I think Howard:)
     
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