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J. Arthur Bower's Ericaceous Compost
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  • Ideal for acid-loving plants such as camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and pieris
  • With added horticultural sand for extra drainage
  • Feeds for up to 6 weeks


Sizes available

  • 50 litre
  • Product Details
  • How to Use
  • Tips & Advice

Why Use

Ericaceous plants such as rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and heathers do not like excessive levels of lime. If they are to thrive they need the right growing conditions. Too much lime, bad drainage and lack of nutrients are all common reasons for poor performance.

J. Arthur Bower’s Ericaceous compost is carefully formulated to achieve the right pH balance and to supply all the nutrients and trace elements essential for healthy foliage, strong root development and better blooms.

The compost will supply your plants with all the nutrients they need for strong, healthy growth during the first 4-6 weeks. After that, feed them every 7-14 days with liquid ericaceous plant food.


How to Use

Tubs & planters

Partially fill the tub/container with compost, place plant in position and fill around the roots with compost. Firm carefully and water thoroughly.

Planting out

Dig a large hole and put some compost into it. Add a small amount of J. Arthur Bower’s Bonemeal. Place plant in the hole and spread out the roots. Mix compost with the soil removed from the hole and add this mixture around the roots. Firm gently and water well. To make a sunken or raised bed for growing ericaceous plants, remove the garden soil and replace with ericaceous compost.

Taking cuttings

Rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias can be hard to propagate. We recommend a 50/50 mixture of ericaceous compost and silver sand. Refer to any good gardening book for detailed information on taking cuttings of these plants.


Take care with fragile roots. Half fill a pot, place the plant in position and fill around the roots with compost. Gently firm the compost and water well.


Plants should be potted-on during the growing season. Water the plant and allow to drain. Remove by turning the pot upside down whilst carefully supporting the plant in one hand. Tap the pot sharply to release the plant. Do not disturb the root ball. Put a layer of compost in the new pot and sit the plant on it. Fill the rest of the pot with compost, firming lightly around the root ball. Finally, water well in, using a fine rose.

Usage Advice

  • Store in a frost free place and away from weed killers and other garden chemicals
  • Re-seal bag after use

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Will my pets or wildlife be attracted to this product?

A. J. Arthur Bowers Ericaceous Compost does not contain any ingredients that would be attractive to animals

Q. Can I use this compost for all my plants?

A. J. Arthur Bowers Ericaceous Compost is best used for acid loving plants. You should consider a non ericaceous compost for non acid loving plants

Q. Can I use this for houseplants?

A. We would not recommend this for your houseplants. Use a compost specifically designed houseplants such as our Houseplant potting mix would be our recommendation

Q. Can I use this compost for my blueberries?

A. J. Arthur Bower’s Ericaceous Compost is perfect for planting blueberry plants

For any questions or advice, please contact our technical advice line on 01480 443789 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) or email [email protected]

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