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Melcourt products rated on Responsible Sourcing Scheme website

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The Responsible Sourcing Scheme for Growing Media is now launched. We’re proud to be among the first companies to share our scores on its new website at The fully-audited scheme requires participating companies to score their products against the seven environmental and social criteria. It also asks participants to carry out a detailed growing…

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SylvaGrow tips for growing garden roses in containers

Top tips for growing roses in containers

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With rose season in full swing, Catherine Dawson shares advice for healthy, productive and peat-free garden roses Who can fail to be moved by the sight and scent of a beautiful rose in the June sunshine? Many roses give colour, scent and structural interest to the garden. You can buy containerized roses at all times…

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SylvaGrow Tomato tips

Five tips for growing tomatoes

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This British Tomato Fortnight, our technical manager Vicki Wright shares her tips for top-notch tomatoes…   Home-grown tomatoes are a delicious and rewarding crop to grow for the summer. And whether you grow them undercover, in pots, or in the ground – there’s a few key things to remember to ensure your salads, sandwiches and sauces…

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Melcourt SylvaGrow peat free compost range

Melcourt Awarded a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty The Queen


We’re delighted to be awarded a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty The Queen. And be the only supplier of these types of horticultural products to have been awarded Royal Warrants by both HM The Queen as well HRH Prince Charles. A Royal Warrant of Appointment is a mark of recognition. It awards people or companies…

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How to prick out, pot up and plant out

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  Potting sheds, windowsills and greenhouses should be fit to burst with young plants. In this month’s garden blog, we show you how to prepare your seedlings for their next important steps… Pricking out Seeds sown close together in seed trays will compete for light and water and will require more spacious surroundings to stretch…

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“There are so many great women in horticulture”

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This International Women’s Day, we talk to Catherine Dawson about women in horticulture and her role as Technical Director at Melcourt   How did you get into the horticultural industry? I knew nothing about horticulture, other than having parents who were keen gardeners, when I joined bark company Cambark in the early 1980s. I had…

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Peat-free Grower Profile: Harriet’s Plants

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  We’re proud so many professional gardeners and growers use our peat-free growing mediums for their plants and gardens. In the first of a series of grower profiles, we chat to Harriet Thompson, founder of Harriet’s Plants, about why she chooses to grow peat free   You may have heard of free-from food – but…

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Houseplant tips from SylvaGrow

Top tips for healthy houseplants

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Happy Houseplant Week! Our new technical manager Vicki Wright shows success with houseplants is down to a few simple indoor gardening strategies…   During the winter months, I reluctantly retreat from my garden – beaten back by the dark and ice. But it’s at this time of year, my houseplants begin to shine. Each plant…

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Festive ideas for Christmas containers

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Want to inject some colour into your garden or patio this festive season? Here’s our top tips for bright and beautiful winter containers… Although it might feel like the colour drains from the garden in winter – it’s easily replaced with bright pops of berries, foliage and flowers in Christmas containers and pots. Choose three…

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A greenhouse of plants grown in Sylvamix compost for professional growers

Melcourt Sylvamix® achieves two peat-free decades

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One of UK horticulture’s leading peat-free brands reaches its third decade this year. The Melcourt Sylvamix Range of Professional peat-free Growing Media has been used by nurseries throughout the UK since 2001. And it has proved itself to be reliable, consistent and very popular. Few other peat-free brands can match the longevity and track record…

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Sylvagrow tulip planting tips

Time for tulip planting!

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  November is perfect for planting tulips for flowering in the spring. Here’s our top bulb-planting tips…   Just when you think there’s nothing left to plant, along come tulips! From cups, goblets to fringed parrots; through snow white and stripes to shocking pink – tulips hide unseen for a quarter of the year, only…

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Sylvamix compost for professional growers celebrates two decades

Melcourt case study in Peat-Free Horticulture report


We are delighted to be the first case study in the newly launched IUCN report ‘Peat-Free Horticulture – Demonstrating Success’ The report highlights the great success that companies such as Melcourt have enabled in both the retail and professional growing markets.

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