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Hello, I have put some trellis up and bought two beautiful honeysuckles and have pooted them with a john innes compost. I water them everyday at the moment but I was wondering if I should add some soil as the compost keeps drying out?
Is it ok to plant things in pots with just compost?
JI compost is a soil-based compost- you do not need to add anything to it
If it is dryng out -perhaps the pots are not big enough-how big are they?
Anything can be grown in pots but it is up to you to feed and water.
Is there a reason you did not plant into the soil?
When the pots get really full of roots it's hard for the plant to take up enough water to see it through a day.
Are you sure its drying out? The top can look dry and even crack a little but stick your finger in and it maybe moist underneath.
Are you sure it's a John Innes compost?
Some soil-less composts are advertised as being 'with added John Innes' which means that they've added JI fertiliser.
Westland do one, as do J Arthur Bowers which I much prefer to the Westland which I've had very poor results with.
However, neither of these are soil-based composts and will dry out very quickly.
Hi, Thank you for all you replies.
I have made a section in the garden that is pure sand (approx 18") underneath where there used to be slabs. We've kept it raised but I'm trying to make a cottage style garden and have put a couple of trellises up so I had to pot the plants.
It is John Innes 'multi purpose' compost.
I now know that I need to look at soil based composts.
The compost had dried out but I am watering it daily and feeding it miracle grow.
I've tried to upload a photo but it won't let me:O(
Many thanks again