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Planting in August
Peat moss on its own is used as a soil conditioner rather than as a potting medium, as it doesn’t contain enough nutrients for most plants. House & Pot Plant Compost, which uses peat moss as a base and which contains other nutritious elements, is ideal for your croton.
Ivy can be a pest in the wrong place, as it gets into walls and up trees. If you can’t dig it out, I’m afraid you’ll have to use several applications of weedkiller. Your garden centre should be able to advise you on what kind to use. If it isn’t doing any damage, you can clip it back into a neater shape. It is a great wildlife plant.