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John Innes composts were developed over 50 years ago and are based on a traditional recipe of sterilised loam, peat and horticultural grit with added nutrients.

  • Gives young plants the best start in life
  • Feeds for four weeks
  • Encourages healthy growth
  • Develops stronger roots
  • Sizes 10L, 30L
  • Product Details

Westland John Innes No. 1 Young Plant Compost, a loam based compost which is a naturally reduced peat mix, is specifically designed to establish young seedlings and plants. Westland John Innes No.1 gives young plants the best start in life.

  • ‌Contains a carefully balanced nutrient content to suit young plants
  • ‌Easy to water and re-wet
  • ‌High loam content acts as a buffer for nutrients
  • Heavy compost to stabilise small pots and containers


  • ‌Keep compost moist NEVER allow to dry out
  • ‌Water carefully using a watering can with a fine rose
  • ‌Do not overfeed

Handy Gardening Tips

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

How to use

First, put on a pair of gloves and rework compost between your hands, so it regains its intended texture. Then you’re all set.


A gardener pricking out seedlings from a seed tray.

  • ‌Fill pot with John Innes No.1 Young Plant Compost, water and allow to drain
  • ‌Prick out seedlings when they are large enough to handle
  • ‌Hold seedling by the leaves to avoid damage and tease roots out using a dibber or pencil
  • ‌Place the seedlings in a small hole, making sure that the roots are not exposed and gently fill in with compost
  • ‌Place the seedlings on a windowsill or in a greenhouse out of direct sunlight
  • ‌Feed seedlings after four weeks depending on the growing season
  • ‌When the plant has out grown the container, pot on using John Innes No.2 Potting-on Compost


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