Choosing the right compost for your plants at Trevena Cross

Garden compost 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.


Peat-Free Compost

One of the most recent ‘compost discoveries’ made by Trevena Cross Owner Graham, has been 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.

Melcourt Sylvagrow (50ltr bag) £6.99
This sustainable, peat-free compost is the only brand to receive the ‘Which? Best Buy’ accolade in the last five reports from Which? Gardening, making it the one to beat at the moment! It is an ideal peat-free option for short-term, impermanent plantings in tubs, pots, baskets, or for cuttings that will go on to be potted more permanently later on.

Melcourt Sylvagrow with added John Innes (50ltr bag) £6.99
An ideal peat-free option for more permanent planting of shrubs and perennials.

Melcourt Sylvagrow Ericaceous (50ltr bag) £7.99
The perfect professional quality option for lime-hating shrubs like camellias, rhododendrons, pieris and heathers. 

Melcourt Sylvagrow compost  Melcourt Sylvagrow with added John Innes  Melcourt Sylvagrow Ericaceous compost


Peat Based Compost

Another compost range we’ve been well and truly impressed with here at the nursery is by Humax, producers of high-quality composts, tried and tested formulas which satisfy both amateur and experienced gardeners.

Humax Original (60ltr bag) £6.99
Our personal favourite for seed sowing, pricking out and potting, we use this in the nursery at Trevena Cross for all of our veg, bedding and perennial seed sowing.

Humax Multipurpose (75ltr bag) £6.99
We highly recommend this compost here at Trevena Cross. We’d even go so far as to say that this is the best potting compost on the market (in our opinion).

Humax Potting, Basket & Tub Compost No.2 (75ltr bag) £6.95
The perfect compost for planting pots, tubs and baskets. It contains added John Innes to make an excellent container compost and comes highly recommended by us here Trevena Cross for all of those seasonal, ‘pretty’ patio plantings.

Humax Original compost  Humax Multipurpose Compost  Humax Potting, Basket & Tub Compost


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

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