How to use
Potting on, containers, tubs and troughs • Firstly ensure that the plant to be potted on has been well-watered. If it is dry, immerse the roots in a bucket of water (preferably rainwater) for half an hour • Fill the pot, tub or other container with SylvaGrow Ericaceous • Make a hole large enough to accommodate the item to be potted and insert it, taking care that the growing medium is at about the same height on the stem as previously • Gently firm the SylvaGrow Ericaceous around the plant and water thoroughly • Ensure that the SylvaGrow Ericaceous is kept moist but not over-wet, at all times • After four to six weeks, regularly apply a proprietary ericaceous liquid feed, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Alternatively incorporate slow-release fertilizer granules according to the manufacturer’s instructions, at the time of potting • For a perfect finishing touch mulch the surface with SylvaBark Pine Bark Flakes or SylvaBark Pine Mini Mulch
Cuttings • Ensure the mother plant is well-watered before taking cuttings • Fill a deep seed tray or pot with SylvaGrow Ericaceous and make a suitable hole with a dibber or pencil • Prepare the stem cuttings according to type, ensuring that they are not allowed to dry out between cutting and inserting. Dip in hormone rooting powder/liquid if using • Insert the cutting and gently firm the medium around it • Stem cuttings need to be in a moist environment out of direct sunlight until they have rooted so either place in a cold frame, a covered propagator or cover with polythene, using supports to prevent the polythene from touching the cuttings. • Once the cuttings are well-rooted they can be potted on according to the instructions above
Raised Beds SylvaGrow Ericaceous can be used as part of a raised bed medium for lime-hating plants. • Simply mix 1 part SylvaGrow Ericaceous thoroughly with 3 to 4 parts acidic garden soil to gain a valuable addition of organic matter and nutrients. • Remember to supplementary feed as instructed above in ‘Potting On’. If the soil used is not acidic, (which is not recommended for best results) use up to 1 part SylvaGrow Ericaceous to 1 part soil and be particularly vigilant regarding supplementary feeding with an appropriate fertilizer for lime-hating plants. • Keep the soil moist at all times particularly during the first year as the plants are becoming established
Planting Out SylvaGrow Ericaceous can be used as a planting medium for lime-hating plants in order to add valuable organic matter and nutrients to acidic soils. • Simply blend at 1 part to 4 parts of the back-fill soil. • Always ensure that the plant is watered to capacity before planting out and if necessary, immerse the roots in a bucket of water (preferably rainwater) for half an hour prior to planting. • Ensure that the planting pit is well-integrated with the wider soil with no smeared sides or other impediments to root exploration beyond the planting hole. • If the soil is not acidic, (which is not recommended for best results) use up to 1 part SylvaGrow Ericaceous to 2 parts soil and be particularly vigilant regarding supplementary feeding with an appropriate fertilizer for lime-hating plants. • Keep the soil moist at all times particularly during the first year as the plants are becoming established
- Try always to use rainwater when watering lime-hating plants, particularly in hard water areas
- Use in a ventilated place and avoid breathing in dust
- Always wear gloves when gardening and wash hands after use
- Close bag after use to avoid drying out and to prevent contamination. Store in cool, dry conditions
- White mould: under certain conditions a white mould may appear on the surface of some of the particles in SylvaGrow Ericaceous Container and Planting Compost. This is entirely normal and not harmful to humans, plants or pets.
Plastics & Recycling
The SylvaGrow packaging has been manufactured using at least 30% post consumer waste plastic. We are working with our suppliers to increase this level as quickly as we can. The bag is 100% recyclable but check regionally for local recycling options.