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JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
So I’ve got a few things to plant out that I believe need ericaceous compost so brought a bag back from B&Q.

Ive put half into a planter that I’ll be putting three heathers and a blueberry root wrap in - I need to fill the planter up so can I use multipurpose or soil?

The other half has gone in and around a new hole in my lawn where I’ve put in a black steel hydrangea, I’ve forked the compost into the soil - is that right?
I may plant a grapevine about three feet away, will the ericaceousness of it all hamper growth?

Im putting in a raspberry root wrap a few feet the other way on the other side of a path too, with a small amount of ericaceous compost.

Any tips for keeping it acidic, or is it just buying more ericaceous compost and mulching periodically?

Cheers TP


  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    There are some tips here
  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,053
    edited April 2018
    If your soil is alkaline then why not go with what suits it? I grow heathers, azaleas, pieris etc because my plants like it. Eventually, no matter what you do or how much you try to change your soil your plants won't like it. 

    If you really want to do this then pots with ericaceous compost would be best, but why not exploit what you have? 

    I can self seed forget me nots, but my aunt tore her hair out with nigella,which I can't grow at all all though I would love to.

    SW Scotland
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    Just giving it a go really - plus we were gifted the hydrangea.
  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,053
    Mine grow without any attention at all Tin pot. This is not a boast, it is just that I have acidic soil, grey skies and rain. They seem to like that, but I don't ☹️
    SW Scotland
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