Bord na Móna Growise Multipurpose Compost with John Innes is suitable for sowing seeds, transplanting seedlings, rooting cuttings, filling hanging baskets and containers and planting trees and shrubs in flower beds. John Innes compost is included to provide a high level of moisture and nutrient buffering.
Bord na Móna Growise Multipurpose Compost with John Innes contains all the nutrients your plants need for the first 5-6 weeks in their new setting. From then on, feed them every 7–14 days. Removing the dead flowers from plants will help them grow healthily and produce new flowers for longer periods.
Different seeds have different requirements, so always follow the instructions on the packet.
Fill a clean seed tray or pot with compost and firm it gently. Sow the seeds thinly and according to the instructions. Water the compost with a fine rose.
When the seedlings have at least one pair of leaves you can move them to new trays or pots to give them more space to grow. Fill a clean container with compost, firm it gently then make a series of holes the width of a pencil and about 2 in (5 cm) apart. Lift each seedling gently by its leaves, place it carefully in one of the holes and firm the compost around it, making sure you do not damage the stem. When you have filled all the holes, water the compost thoroughly with a fine rose and leave it to drain. Place the tray or pot in a light position but away from direct sunlight.
Make a clean, angled cut below a leaf and then remove the lower leaves from the cutting. Dip the cut end in a rooting powder. Fill a pot with compost, make a hole in it and insert the cutting. Carefully firm the compost around the cutting with your fingertips. Water gently, using a fine rose. Cover the cutting and pot with a clear plastic bag to retain moisture and warmth. Only water when the compost looks dry or if the cutting starts to wilt. Do not let pots stand in water.
Put an inch or two of compost in a pot. Remove the plant from its old pot by turning it upside down and gently tapping the rim. Put the plant in the new pot and add compost. Firm the compost with your fingertips, leaving room at the top of the pot for watering. Water the plant and allow it to drain. Cover the pot to retain moisture and keep it warm.
Line the basket well with moss or another liner, making sure that there are 4-5 holes for drainage. Starting with trailing plants inserted through holes in the liner, arrange the plants from the bottom upwards, filling the basket with compost as you go. Make holes big enough to hold the root ball and firm the compost around the roots of each plant. Upright plants should be planted in the middle of the basket, the tallest in the centre. Water the basket thoroughly to start with and then make sure it does not dry out.
Dig a hole that is a few inches wider than the root ball. Add a thick layer of compost all round the hole. Place the plant in the hole, making sure that the plant is at the same level as it was in the pot. Fill the hole with a 50:50 mixture of compost and soil. Firm the mixture around the plant and then water it well.
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