A top quality growing medium is essential if seeds and cuttings are to get the best possible start. Bord na Móna Growise Seed & Cutting Compost is carefully formulated to provide all the nutrients they need at this critical time in their growth.
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 which gives 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.
Warning: Only water when the compost looks dry or if the cutting starts to wilt. Do not let pots stand in water.
Bord na Móna Growise Seed & Cutting Compost contains all the nutrients necessary for the first 4-6 weeks. From this time onwards, a liquid feed will help the seedlings and cuttings to continue growing.
Bord na Móna Growise Seed & Cutting Compost is not suitable for ericaceous plants such as rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. For this group of plants you should use Bord na Móna Growise Ericaceous Compost.