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