Using Multipurpose compost for Heathers

QuestionsHow to growTrees and ShrubsAcid Soil BedsUsing Multipurpose compost for Heathers
Nick Leonard asked 5 years ago

I meant to buy an ericaceous compost in the garden centre because I need to plant some heathers, but I couldn’t see any. Could I use “Multipurpose compost with added John Innes?” It says on the packet that it contains “a blend of loam, perlite, course grit, sphagnum moss peat and fertilisers.”

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
Multipurpose compost has lime added, which the heathers may not want. But some kinds of heathers do not mind lime, such as the winter heathers.

Check which kind you have. If they do not mind lime, use the multipurpose but mix it well with the soil. If they need acid soil, get some ericaceous compost, the other can be used for other plants. 

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