Scotts claims sales boost for compost

More than two thirds of salad grown in the UK is now produced using Levington B2 blocking compost, according to manufacturer Scotts.

The specialist growing media producer has announced a 20 per cent increase in sales of its Levington B2 mix over the past three years, primarily to vegetable and salad growers in the UK.

Blocking compost is a specialist growing media, watered and pressed to form a self-contained block for a seed to grow in. No pots or trays are needed.

Scotts business development manager Shaun Cavanagh said: "Growing vegetables and salads is big business. The volume of Levington B2 used to grow salad crops equates to in excess of 500 million plants per year - all grown for UK consumption. That means that around 70 per cent of all salad in the UK is grown in Scotts blocking compost."

Hull-based Premier Plant Producers is a long-time user of Scotts products and is seeing good results with Levington B2. The company produces a wide range of young plants including lettuce, brassicas and fennel, as well as strawberry crops, in 10.5ha of glasshouses, supplying to customers all over the UK and Ireland.

"I've used Scotts growing media most of my life, and the main reason for this is consistent quality," said owner Peter Overvoorde. "The Levington B2 is just the right texture, not too dense, to allow for healthy root growth. We get through two or three loads a day - around 11,000cu m per year - and we always receive the same high-quality product every time."


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