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AdRockAdRock Posts: 239

Has anyone used this and had the same problem? I've been keeping my trays well watered but the compost is pretty hard and worried about transplanting in a few weeks!

http://reviews.homebase.co.uk/1494-en_gb/083893/reviews.htm

I've just transplanted a spanish lantana seedling and it didn't come out all that well. hoping it will be ok in the potting on compost!

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,555

    I find seed compost is generally a bit hard and mix it with some MPC and sand/grit to free it up a bit.

    I haven't tried the Homebase version

  • AdRockAdRock Posts: 239

    thanks, i'll give that a go next time. i guess they will just need a good watering before pricking out

    don't think i'll be using that brand again though image

  • I have never had this problem with john innes... quite dissapointing that their standards are lowering image

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337

    John Innes is just a mixing formula developed by the institute.  Each supplier can interpret it differently so no two JI composts are the same.  I do exactly what nut does and mix my own seed compost using a commercial one as a base.  I happen to have a very large bag of vermiculite so add that as well as a bit of MP and a bit of sharp sand. image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Another thing to bear in mind is that top watering can often help a tough crust form on the top. If you can soak the trays from below, that might help.

  • michael mpcmichael mpc Posts: 422

    hi  markos  most of us have had some sort of disappointment  with our composts ..  as nut cutlet bob t g   says m pc I use verve some say it is no good  but  I allways put b f b in it and playpit  or plastering sand and mix   it is what works for you that counts     Michael

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