Now a household name with the UK’s gardeners, Levington® first made its mark with professionals and today it’s still a trailblazer. Here’s why…
Back in the 1960s, gardening enthusiasts started to hear from their local nurserymen about the success they were achieving with Levington® composts – and this soon prompted them to convert too.
The commercial launch of Levington® composts
The new Levington® products were lightweight, ready-to-use composts based on sphagnum moss peat with added ground magnesian limestone plus nutrients and trace elements.
These composts enabled growers to cultivate plants under glass with an entirely new degree of precision. Scientific research had proven that the inclusion of sand in composts was unnecessary – and that milled, graded sphagnum moss peat was vital for successful growing. Nutrient levels for the seed and cutting product were also found to be critical to ensure the maximum germination for the maximum number of plant varieties – an area sadly overlooked by earlier ‘no-soil’ composts. In June 1966, Levington® was introduced to the commercial market and since then the range has grown to include a full complement of specialist composts.
At Levington®, we are justly proud of our environmental record and are concerned for the environment, both at our production facilities and in the garden.
With this in mind we continue to develop outstanding, consistent growing media, using a range of peat-based, reduced peat and peat-free ingredients, many of which make use of otherwise waste material.
Bags of choice
Levington® multi purpose with added JOHN INNES
Formulated with added John Innes, this unique combination of peat, sterilised loam and horticultural grit is used by many professional and traditional gardeners for healthy plant establishment and growth.
Levington® ericaceous compost
Ericaceous plants are often referred to as lime-hating or acid-loving plants. The most commonly grown are azalea, camellia and rhododendrons. They thrive in a low lime environment (pH 5 to 5.5). If grown in soil where the pH is too high, they produce poor growth and the leaves become yellowish in colour. Levington® ericaceous compost is a special formulation that is low in lime and fortified with iron to ensure maximum growth for ericaceous plants.
Levington® rose, tree & shrub compost
This compost contains a special combination of nutrients and water-retaining agents to enable fast establishment. Levington® rose, tree and shrub compost differs from others by having a lower pH level, which is suited to growing a range of shrubs and plants.
Levington® TOMORITE® GIANT tomato planter
The Levington® TOMORITE® GIANT tomato planter is now deeper, which creates more space for roots to grow and support strong healthy plants. In order to achieve a good crop of fruit or vegetables, a higher level of nutrients are required.
This planter allows more water to be applied and thereby reduces the frequency of watering. This in turn reduces the risk of diseases such as blossom end rot from occurring. Enriched with both Tomorite® and seaweed to give a delicious, top-quality crop of tomatoes.
Levington Original multi-purpose compost®
This original formula has a superior texture for strong roots. With added seaweed extract, it feeds for up to eight weeks after planting.
Tomatoes and all fruiting crops really appreciate a high potash feed. Tomorite® is ideal as it contains the potash needed as well as seaweed extract, which supplies micronutrients – essential for maximum growth and better crops. This feed is especially good for plants that are growing in grow bags, planters or pots, producing top-quality, full flavoured tomatoes.