FAQ


Are you a wholesale or retail nursery?

We are primarily a wholesale supplier of grass trees to retail nurseries. We don’t supply fertilisers, potting mixes, garden design services and other wonderful things you will find at your local retail nursery. However, if you’d like to buy your grass trees directly from us, we are happy to supply customers from the public at a competitive retail price.

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Are you open to the public?

We are open to the public by appointment only. Email sales@grasstrees.net.au to arrange a time to come and check us out.

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Why are grass trees so high in value?

Grass trees are highly valued for a number of reasons:

1. They grow very slowly – at a rate of approximately 1cm per year. This means that a tree with a trunk height of only 50cm is already over 50 years old. A tree with a trunk 1m tall began its life in the 1800s. And a grass tree with a trunk of 2m in height, may well have witnessed the arrival of Captain Cook to Australia.

2. They are survivors. With proper transplanting procedures, and a little care after planting out, once their roots are established, grass trees are very hardy plants requiring little to no maintenance.

3. They look so unique!

4. They are an iconic Australian native.

5. Quality grass trees are not readily available everywhere. Very meticulous transplanting procedures must be used by the harvester. Many grass tree suppliers use flawed transplanting techniques and sell their trees too soon, which decreases the chance of the tree surviving long term.

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How do I plant my grass tree?

1. Proper drainage is very important. Dig a hole where you plan to plant the tree and fill it with water 2 days in a row to simulate lots of rain. If the water drains away, then you’re fine. But don’t dig a watery grave for your tree by planting it  in solid clay. Instead, create a drainage solution, like raised bed of soil.

2. Disturb the roots as little as possible. Rather than pulling or rolling the tree to get it loose from the pot, try gently laying the tree over, cut the base of the pot off, carefully place the tree in a hole which is larger than the root ball, and cut the pot away from the root ball. Do not disturb the roots.

3. Back fill the hole around the roots firmly, and water in well. Trees need to be firm. If they are tall and unstable they may need propping until roots grow more extensively.

4. Regular doses of seaweed fertilisers will keep the tree nutritionally healthy and promote root growth in the initial stages after planting.

5. Feed with a slow release fertilizer for natives, especially during flowering.

6. Until the roots are established (at least 12 months) your tree will need regular watering.  If the soil and weather is very dry, this could mean giving the tree a good soak as often as once a week.

7. Keep mulch back at least 15cm from the base of the trunk to avoid rot.

Once established and growing vigorously, our grass trees are maintenance-free. Although, like anything, they don’t mind a drink when it gets really dry.

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Can I plant my grass tree in the pot?

Well. You can. But we don’t recommend it. The tree will never be able to establish itself by sending roots deep and wide. If you really feel the need to plant your tree in its pot, you will need to look after it like a potted plant. Here are some tips for how to do that.

Feed with about 30ml of slow release Osmocote for natives in Spring & Autumn. Remove the flower spike to encourage continuous growth, or be prepared to sit out its dormant period (See the section about Flowering below).

About once a month, to maintain the health of your tree while it stays in its pot:

1. Spray the leaves with seaweed solution & add 2 cupfuls to the pot (water in lightly).

2. Keep an eye out for scale (especially during Autumn and Winter) and treat  the leaves by spraying with white oil.

3. Whenever you can’t find any moisture 5 cm deep, give it a thorough watering. Allow the top 5 cm of soil to dry out and don’t use a saucer except perhaps for short periods of time in very hot, dry conditions.

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Should I remove the flower spike?

Yes you can. But you don’t need to. In the wild it is rare for a tree under 800mm to produce a flower spike. However, In good soil and growing conditions, they can flower sooner and even produce more than one spike, which may then develop into more heads. Look out for a grub that bores into the spike and into the heart of the tree. If you see that a grub has bored into the flower spike, remove the spike by cutting or snapping it towards to bottom of the spike. Then treat with a pyrethrin spray.

If there is no grub in your flower spike, there is no need to manually remove it. We encourage you to let nature take it’s course. It will fall or be blown over eventually.

As the flower spike is the active growth point for the tree, after flowering, it is natural for the tree to remain dormant and not produce new leaves for months or even years. DO NOT PANIC. Don’t over water or over fertilise as no assistance is needed. Just be patient. Your tree has already survived for a long time often by shutting down like this for long periods. Burning the old growth in spring or summer can sometimes encourage your tree out of dormancy. If you would like to encourage continuous growth and avoid the tree going dormant, you can remove the flower spike as soon as it appears and feed the leaves and roots with seaweed fertilisers. But dormancy is not to be feared. It’s a normal protection mechanism.

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My grass tree looks sick. Can you help?

Maybe! The very outer leaves of your tree naturally go brown over time and hang down next to the trunk of the tree. This is normal. This process can happen very fast during hot dry periods. As long as the inner new growth is green or even light green, this is a sign that the tree is healthy. If the tips of all the leaves are going brown, not just the very outer leaves, this is a sign that the tree would like some water. Give it a good deep watering once a week during hot dry periods.

If all the leaves have gone completely brown and they can be pulled out easily, or if the top lifts off your tree, your tree is dead.

If the leaves are green but it doesn’t look like there is any new growth, your tree may be dormant. It is natural for grass trees to remain dormant and not produce new leaves for months or even years sometimes. DO NOT PANIC. Don’t over water or over fertilise as no assistance is needed. Just be patient. Your tree has already survived for a long time often by shutting down like this for long periods.

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How do I place an order?

Use the Enquiry Form or email mitch@grasstrees.net.au

Be sure to include:

  • How many and of what sized grass trees you’re interested in.
  • The delivery address so we can obtain an accurate quote for freight on your behalf.
  • If you have any unique requests or questions, please be sure to ask away!

We will respond with confirmation of those numbers and sizes and provide you with a quote for the total cost including freight.

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How much is delivery?

We have a flat rate shipping cost of $110 to metro areas of Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane – when buying direct from us for personal use.

If you live outside these areas, please provide your full delivery address for an accurate freight quote.

Transporting valuable plants is a specialist job. We source reliable and experienced plant carriers on your behalf to ensure these beautiful trees arrive promptly and safely.

 

 

 

 

 

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