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Compost for Flowers

Choosing the right compost for flowers is essential. All gardeners ideally want their flowers to succeed and flourish into beautiful blooms. The compost or soil you choose will have a big impact on how well flowers grow.

Flowers in Pots, Containers or Hanging Baskets:

John Innes No3 Mature Plant Compost has been specifically developed to help sustain mature plants and shrubs with its long lasting nutrient rich formulation. Because the compost is loam based its weight can help anchor and secure larger plants. The compost is free draining and helps to prevent the roots from becoming water logged. It will also feed for up to 4 months, by slowly releasing a measured amount of nutrients when watering. This ensures the compost feeds for longer periods before needing to be fed again, resulting in healthy growth and establishment of your plants.

container and basket planting mix


Westland Container & Basket Planting Mix is specially blended for season long flowering. Enriched with water retaining granules, this mix will help also protect your plants from under watering and therefore support vibrant and healthy plants. This mix includes 6 month slow release granules made from seaweed to further encourage blossoming flowers. The formula contains West+® formula in which these natural fibres guarantee stronger roots.

Alternatively you could use:

Westland Multi-Purpose Compost with added John Innes is ideal for use all around the home and garden. This compost contains nutrients to feed  your plants for up to 5 weeks. The added John Innes formula retains and releases nutrients and water for longer, providing your plants with all they need. This compost now also contains BIO3 which include the following elements:

  1. West+ creates the structure to support root growth
  2. Coir+ stores and releases nutrients and moisture
  3. BioFibre promotes fast and effective nutrient transfer to plant cells

Flowers in Borders:

Compost for FlowersPerennials grown in beds and borders need a boost yearly and the best way to do this is to improve your soil by mulching. You could use Westland Soil Conditioner or Gro-Sure Farmyard Manure on top of the soil, near to established plants and allow the worms and soil organisms to work it into the soil.

When creating a new bed from an area previously used, it is important to add some organic matter before planting. Spread Westland Soil Conditioner or Gro-Sure Farmyard Manure over the surface of the dug area and work it into the soil with a fork. The high organic content also encourages the activity of beneficial soil dwelling organisms including worms.


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