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How to use multi-purpose compost

SeedsSeeds

Fill the pot or tray with compost and level off. Gently firm it down and then water well and allow to drain. Sow the seeds in accordance with the instructions on the seed packet. The compost may need sieving prior to sowing very fine seeds. Water in lightly with a fine rose watering can. To retain moisture, cover the pot or tray with either glass or polythene, but uncover as soon as the seeds germinate. Keep out of direct sunlight.

Pricking out

Fill the pot or tray with compost and level off. Gently firm it down and then water well with a fine rose watering can and allow to drain. Dibble (poke) small holes in the compost and then, whilst holding the seedling by a seed leaf, insert the seedling into a hole to just below its seed leaves. Lightly firm around the base of the seedling and water in with a fine rose watering can. 

Cuttings

Fill the pot or tray with compost and level off. Gently firm it down. Prepare the cutting from healthy non-flowering shoots. Insert the cuttings into holes in the compost, firm lightly and water in with a fine rose watering can. To retain moisture, cover with either glass or polythene, until rooted. Ensure that the cover does not touch the cutting. Pot on, when rooted sufficiently and generally when the plant is actively growing, ie: from spring to early autumn.

Potting on

Water the plant and allow to drain, before removing it from its existing pot. Fill the bottom of the new pot with a layer of compost and place the rootball inside the pot. Gradually fill the pot, gently firming as you progress and level off. Water in carefully. 

Containers

Choose a container that has sufficient drainage holes or where necessary and practicable, create additional holes. Fill the container with compost and then add the plants. Once the planting is complete, firm gently and water in thoroughly. 

Hanging baskets

Place the basket on a surface which will keep it stable e.g. a pot or a bucket is ideal for rounded baskets. If necessary, line the basket and then fill it with compost. To help create a ball of colour, where possible, insert plants into the compost through the side of the basket and liner as well as arranging plants on the surface. Once the planting is complete, firm gently and water in thoroughly. 

Watering & feeding

Never let the compost dry out completely but avoid over watering. Approximately 4-6 weeks after planting, consider feeding on a regular basis, taking care to follow the instructions on the feed packaging. 

Storage & general advice

It is recommended that compost is replaced annually to ensure the best results.

Always ensure that trays, pots, containers etc are either new or sterilised.

If any product is left over it should be stored with a polythene cover over it, away from weedkiller and other chemicals, for later use or it can be incorporated into your existing garden soil to improve it. 

Always wear gloves when using this product and wash your hands after use.

Occasionally, you may notice a white mould on the surface of the compost. This originates from the composted timber materials and is perfectly natural. It is not harmful and the mould will normally disappear after a few waterings.

Multi-Purpose compost is not suitable for lime-hating plants, such as Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Pieris, Heathers and Camellias.