Sustainable growing medium for gardeners who are as passionate about the environment as their gardens.
With added John Innes
SylvaGrow® Organic is a unique blend of fine bark (a by-product of sustainably managed British forests), green compost (a carefully-sourced, certified ingredient) and coir (from a single, known source) and is:
Pine Mini Chips
Pine bark-based Pine Mini Chips are primarily intended for reptile bedding where a smaller chip is desirable. The chips are virtually fines and dust free, are long-lasting and have a neat appearance. This product is from FSC Mix Sources at a minimum of 70%.
Welcome to Melcourt Industries Ltd
Melcourt is the UK’s leading supplier of mulches, growing media, play surfaces, soil improvers, equestrian surfaces, biofiltration media and more, based on bark, wood and other natural materials.
A leader in innovation and high quality for over 30 years, Melcourt has developed a range of products that is second to none, with unparalleled technical back-up, prompt and efficient delivery, outstanding levels of customer care and all-importantly, excellent environmental sustainability.
Melcourt is an independent, privately owned company, formed in 1983. Throughout these years we have consistently focused on identifying and then meeting individual customer needs within the Landscape, Play, Grower, Garden, Equestrian and Industrial market sectors.
Our products are manufactured from British and European forest, and wood processing industry residues with new raw material sources being systematically researched, trialed and tested, using the company’s in-house research and development facilities, to produce future generations of Melcourt products.
Melcourt has adequate resources in terms of skilled personnel, processing capacity and finance to convert its raw materials into useful, cost effective products to meet exacting customer requirements. Our products are available nationally and internationally, in bulk, loose and pre-packed quantities, usually ex. stock.
We operate to strict written environmental, quality and customer service policies and are active members of many trade associations.
Jack’s Magic All Purpose Compost
Jack’s Magic blends the finest 100% natural ingredients to create a pure and balanced growing medium, which produces super, natural growth and exceptional health for plants and blooms all over your house and garden.
Who was John Innes?
John Innes was a 19th century property developer and philanthropist in the City of London. On his death in 1904, he bequeathed his fortune and estate to the improvement of horticulture by experiments and research. The result was the establishment of the John Innes Horticultural Institution, initially at Merton in Surrey. Now, it is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology called the John Innes Centre and located in Norwich.
How did ‘John Innes’ mixes arise?
The Institution became the first centre for the study of plant genetics in Britain, and as such the researchers needed reliable growing media in order to remove what was a clear source of variability within their experiments. In the late 1930s, after much study by its two researchers, William Lawrence and John Newell, the physical properties and nutrition necessary in composts to achieve optimum rates of plant growth were determined.
They also introduced methods of heat sterilising the soil that eliminated pests, diseases and weed seeds, and which crucially did not cause any checks to plant growth. Two standard formulae were introduced, one for seed sowing and one for potting and they quickly became accepted as the best composts for raising plants in pots.
Who uses John Innes mixes?
Over the years, potting composts have passed through several phases. Soil-based mixes such as John Innes dominated until the 1970s. This was when lighter mixes based on peat took over the market as good-quality peat was readily available from northern England, Somerset and Ireland.
The burgeoning popularity of gardening and the advent of garden centres caused a huge increase in the use of growing media as more and more plants were sold in containers. Lighter mixes were required in order to make the handling and transportation of large quantities of plants more efficient.
The commercial growing industry now uses very little soil-based compost, but John Innes mixes remain a popular choice for gardeners due to their good reputation for ease of use and great results.