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Buxus balls- what compost?

Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,048
Just bought 2 small ones and had it in my head I had John Innes 3 in the shed but it's actually 2.

Is 2 perfectly fine for potting these or should I really go and buy a bag of 3?


  • John Innes 3 definitely.
    A gardener's work is never at an end  - (John Evelyn 1620-1706)
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,048
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,672
    To save buying a bag of JI3 just for those, I would just mix some top soil from your garden 50/50 with your J.I 2. and pot them on.  Next year, when they've grown a bit, you could use JI 3 - which is just a bit more gutsy than 2 and has more nutrients.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,631
    The difference between No. 2 and No. 3 is the amount of fertiliser, so you could use the No. 2 with some added fertiliser, or just be prepared to start feeding them sooner than you would with No. 3.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,048
    My soil is sandy so I'd rather just buy a bag. I'll find a use for the rest sooner or later.
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