Choosing the right compost for your plants at Trevena Cross

Choosing the right compost from such a big range can be a minefield. We’d therefore like to share some of our top recommendations with you based on our own personal growing experiences, both in the nursery and a variety of gardens.

Click here to see a list of the composts that we stock, or read on for more information.


Peat-Free Compost

Trevena Cross Owner Graham believes wholeheartedly in the quality of the peat-free Melcourt Sylvagrow range of composts. The demand for peat-free composts is increasing. This professional grade compost was originally trialled by Graham and his nursery team for their own planting of cuttings and for potting up, in the nursery. The growing results for our own Trevena Cross plant stocks were so impressive that Graham decided it should be made available to Trevena Cross customers to take home.

Sylvagrow composts are currently out of stock or very low in stock – we do have Bord na Mona peat free ‘Happy’ multipurpose compost available as an alternative  (£6.99 for 50L, Buy 2 get 1 free).


Melcourt Sylvagrow Multipurpose (50ltr bag) £7.95
This sustainable, peat-free compost is the only brand to receive the ‘Which? Best Buy’ accolade in at least five consecutive reports from Which? Gardening, making it the one to beat! It is an ideal peat-free option for a wide range of garden applications, including potting on and planting out non-permanent plantings.

sylvagrow multipurpose compost


Melcourt Sylvagrow with added John Innes (50ltr bag) £8.95
An ideal peat-free option for more permanent planting of shrubs and perennials.

Sylvagrow with added John Innes


Melcourt Sylvagrow Ericaceous (50ltr bag) £8.95
The perfect professional quality option for lime-hating shrubs like camellias, rhododendrons, pieris and heathers. 

Sylvagrow ericaceous compost


Melcourt Sylvagrow Organic (50ltr bag) £7.99
Based on a formula used by professional organic growers throughout the UK. Contains organic fertilisers and seaweed meal for excellent growth and disease resistance. Very versatile, great for seeds, potting on, planting out, in containers or in a growbag.

sylvagrow organic compost


Melcourt Sylvagrow Planter (45ltr) £6.95
A peat free, organic planter (Soil Association approved) perfect for growing tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, herbs, strawberries and much more. Extra depth allows for more root growth and easier management.

sylvagrow peat-free-planter

We are also stockists of Melcourt Mature Pine Propagating Bark (60ltr) £11.99, Melcourt Soil Improver (50ltr) £5.50 and Melcourt Top Grow Tree & Shrub Planting Compost (50ltr) £5.95.

We also stock a peat free soil enricher Bloomin Amazing (70ltr) £6.99 each or 2 for £12 and peat free Bord Na Mona All Purpose Compost (not currently in stock) – see below for more on our range of Bord Na Mona Composts…


Peat Based Compost

We are now stocking Bord Na Mona composts, which include peat based and also peat-free (known as ‘Happy’) options. Offering a wide range of great quality growing media at affordable prices, we can ensure our customers have the best growing experience in their gardens, meeting the needs of all planting scenarios, with Bord Na Mona composts.


Bord Na Mona Growise Pro 5 All Purpose Compost (50ltr bag) £6.99 each or 2 for £12
Awarded a Which? Best Buy in 2020, this compost combines a high quality Irish peat with sustainable alternative ingredients and vermiculite. Mixed with essential plant nutrients, this an ideal compost for seed sowing, rooting cuttings, or in hanging baskets and containers.

Bord Na Mona Pro 5 All Purpose Compost


Bord Na Mona Growise Multipurpose with added John Innes (50ltr bag) £5.99 each or 3 for £12
High quality Irish peat mixed with essential plant nutrients and a wetting agent to assist with even and effective watering, will ensure your plants flourish in baskets and containers or in beds and borders. Also great used for sowing seeds and cuttings.

Bord Na Mona Growise Multipurpose Compost


Bord Na Mona Growise Premium Multipurpose Compost with added John Innes (50ltr bag) £6.99 or 2 for £12
Ideal for sowing seeds and cuttings, in hanging baskets and containers but also for more permanent plantings in beds and borders. A high level of nutrient and moisture buffering is provided by the John Innes component.

Bord Na Mona Premium Multipurpose with John Innes


Bord Na Mona Growise John Innes Seed Sowing, No.1 (Young Plants), No.2 (Potting On) & No.3 (Mature Plant) Composts (25ltr) £4.99 each or 3 for £12

Bord Na Mona John Innes No1 Compost Bord Na Mona John Innes No2 Compost Bord Na Mona John Innes No3 Compost


Bord Na Mona Ericaceous Compost (50ltr bag) £6.99
Specially formulated for all acid loving/lime hating plants like Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Camellias and Heathers.

Bord Na Mona Ericaceous Compost

Also stocking: Bord Na Mona Peat Free Enriched Top Soil (35ltr bag) £4.99 each or 3 for £12 and Bord Na Mona Peat Free Farmyard Manure (50ltr bag) £5.99 each or BUY TWO GET THIRD FREE. 

Not currently in stock: Bord Na Mona Composted Bark  


Trevena Cross is the stockist for a wide range of composts, top soils, sands and barks. We aim to offer affordability for all of our customers and cater to all gardener needs and budgets.

Click here to see a list of the composts that we stock.

If you find choosing the right compost daunting, come into the store for free advice from our friendly team of plant experts and gardeners.