What is the difference between bags of compost at the garden centre? Which compost should I use in pots? Here's my guide to potting compost
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How to choose the perfect Compost
This is an excellent guide if you are in quandry about what compost to use .
As the term potting compost is just for potting.
When starting any plants from seed they need very little nutriments to start off with.
You can virtually start the seeds in wet paper cloth - Infact there are some firms that have seed mats that you just simply lay down and water.
Or the seeds are covered in a gel and you simply use a devise similar to icing a cake.
Thats how simple it is too start them off as they only need moisture and warmth to start their journey.
When the plants reach their second leaf stage then they should be transplanted into their pots with seed compost or just multi purpose compost
until the plant either is ready to be transplanted out side or has out grown the pot
However they are several important things to remember is
(1) that compost has very little short use by date about a month ounce opened so if you will need to feed it after that or just top it with fresh compost.
(2) Peat and coir based compost will have to be really soaked well with a fine rose afterwards other wise the compost will just crack and the water will just drain away To prevent this from happening you place your pot in a bucket of water and leave it until the you can see the water on top.
Then let it drain back into the reservoir
This method can be applied with seeds also but presoak the compost first
then lay the seeds on top and depending on their size sieve the remaining compost on top and then press it down and give it a gentle watering
(3) As Peat is gradually to be phrased out now and "Peat Free alternatives which often contain either coir or plant bi products like bark ect where more watering is needed to provide healthy plant growth
For more indepth articles on peat aternatives check out
https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/are-the-rhs-and-defra-barking-up-the-wrong-tree/ and other related articles