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FlyDragonFlyDragon Posts: 834
This afternoon I planted out a lovely Tuscany Superb rose bush.  I’ve just realised i’d picked up the wrong bag and used ericaceous compost.  

Do I need to try and get rid of it and replace it with multipurpose?  It’s planted right next to a huge thriving camellia and near azaleas and hydrangeas so my soil is likely quite acidic anyway.

What would you do?


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,798
    Have you got any other roses and are they thriving?  If not, I think I would be inclined to dig it up again and use something like a John Innes No.3 instead.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Joy*Joy* Posts: 571
    If you planted it in the garden I wouldn't worry.  Roots grow just as much as the top and if the camellia is planted in ericaceous compost the rose will grow into it. I would worry more about the other plants not doing well in the rose soil. I over purchased ericaceous compost and have been planting various things in it to use it up. I haven't seen anything untoward. Watering is more important than the compost you use.
  • FlyDragonFlyDragon Posts: 834
    The Camellia is mature so not in any compost anymore, and there are other roses doing well in the same soil so hopefully i’ll get away with it then!

    Thanks very much!

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