Levington® John Innes® Ericaceous Compost is specially formulated for growing acid-loving or lime-hating plants, a traditional mix of loam, peat and grit. The most commonly grown ericaceous plants are: Azalea, Camellia and Rhododendrons.
What is John Innes Compost?
Developed by Mr John Innes in the 1930’s it is still a popular choice which is favoured by traditional gardeners and has a strong fan club. John Innes compost is predominantly peat based but also includes sterilised loam and has a higher proportion of heavy particles like grit and sand than other composts and as a result is much heavier.
Ericaceous plants are often referred to as lime-hating or acid-loving plants. The most commonly grown ericaceous plants are: Azalea, Camellia and Rhododendrons. These plants thrive in a low lime environment (pH 5 to 5.5). If they are grown in soil where the pH is too high, they produce poor growth and the leaves tend to become yellowish in colour.