When buying John Innes Compost look for the JIMA Seal of Approval® on the bag - a guarantee of satisfaction!

Retailers

John Innes is stocked by virtually every Garden Centre or Garden Products Retailer in the UK.

JIMA represents the leading UK Manufacturers of the traditional loam-based John Innes Composts, who all use the JIMA Seal of Approval® on their packaging. The JIMA Seal of Approval® is a Registered Trade Mark which can be used only by JIMA Members, who all maintain the highest standards of quality assurance.

Look for the John Innes Seal of Approval® on John Innes from the following approved Suppliers. Click on the company name to go to their website:-

BORD NA MONA HORTICULTURE LTD

BULRUSH HORTICULTURE LTD

ERIN HORTICULTURE LTD

THE SCOTTS MIRACLE-GRO COMPANY

WESTLAND HORTICULTURE LTD

WHITE MOSS HORTICULTURE LTD

WILLIAM SINCLAIR HORTICULTURE LTD

The John Innes Manufacturers Association (JIMA) provide a FREE information leaflet on the Benefits of John Innes Loam-based Composts for distribution through Garden Centres and Horticultural Societies. We would be glad to send you a supply for distribution to your Staff, Customers and local Society Members. Please request from the Secretariat.

This page includes useful information for Retailers - click on the subject to go direct to the item:-

What Compost do I Use?

Storage of John Innes Compost

Material Safety Data

"WHAT COMPOST DO I USE?" - That is the question!

In 1992 the Horticultural Trades Association conducted research exercise to find the most common customer queries fielded by Garden Centre Staff? In HTA News, May 1993, they reported that, according to hundreds of HTA Members up and down the Country, the most frequent question asked was:-

"What compost do I use?" - *or a variant upon that theme !

Therefore, before your next Customer asks the same question, may we ask:-

  • Are you and your Staff aware of all the benefits of John Innes Loam-based Composts? 

  • When is a loam-based compost better than a peat-based, or peat-substitute compost? 

  • Can your Customers make an informed choice on which is best for their needs?

John Innes loam-based Seed and Potting Composts can be used for most types and sizes of plants, except the ericaceous acid-loving types such as azaleas, heathers and rhododendrons. For such plants use John Innes Ericaceous Compost - click here for more information. 

John Innes Composts are most frequently recommended by many gardening experts for the following popular applications and types of plants, as well as for many others:-

APPLICATIONS

ORNAMENTALS

VEGETABLES

Bedding Plants

Alpines

Beans

Hanging Baskets

Begonias

Brassicas

House Plants

Carnations

Celery

Interior Planters

Chrysanthemums

Courgettes

Patio Planters

Fuchsias

Cucumbers

Pot Plants

Geraniums

Leeks

Roof Gardens

Primulas

Lettuce

Tubs and Troughs

Rock Plants

Marrows

Vegetable Beds

Roses

Melons

Window Boxes

Sweet Peas

Tomatoes

STORAGE OF JOHN INNES COMPOSTS

ALL COMPOSTS WHETHER LOAM-BASED OR PEAT-BASED CAN BE SUBJECT TO MAJOR DETRIMENTAL CHANGES IF STORED INCORRECTLY.

Substantial biological and chemical changes can occur in composts after they are manufactured. The most important from the users' (and the plants') point of view are the changes in pH (acidity) and salinity.

Under normal conditions there is an initial increase in pH, followed by a gradual decrease as the organic nitrogen is mineralised. These are perfectly normal reactions and occur in all composts, including those made from peat.

However it is desirable that these changes occur as slowly as possible, and to achieve this the following points should be observed during storage:-

  1. The compost must be kept DRY and COOL.

  2. It is best stored INSIDE in cool buildings. Keep away from radiators, heating ducts, light bulbs, etc.

  3. If it is stored outside, AVOID DIRECT SUNLIGHT and RAIN. Try to site it against a north-facing wall, under a fixed canopy or porch roof.

  4. KEEP DRY by covering with white or light-coloured plastic sheeting; black is not suitable as it causes the compost temperature to rise. If the compost is not covered it will absorb water through the breathing holes.

  5. If the compost is not kept on pallets, ensure that the bottom layer of bags is raised above ground level.

  6. If the compost is re-stacked, ensure that air can circulate within and between the stacks.

  7. Always ROTATE YOUR STOCK - never put new deliveries on top of old stock.

If the above rules are observed the composts will produce the growing results for which they were formulated, and this, in turn, should ensure customer satisfaction.

MATERIAL SAFETY DATA 

CONTROL OF SUBSTANCES HAZARDOUS TO HEALTH REGULATIONS (COSHH)

Within the context of the current COSHH Regulations all John Innes Composts supplied by Members of this Association are regarded as:

"NON HAZARDOUS"

FIRST AID MEASURES:

Contact with eyes : Wash out with clean water

Ingestion : No special action is necessary

Skin contact : Users with sensitive skin should wear gloves

 


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