Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I PLANT AND CARE FOR MY GRASS TREE?

DO YOU SELL TO THE PUBLIC?

Yes! Although we are primarily a wholesale and trade nursery, we do have a couple of options to buy directly from us. You can contact us to arrange an appointment to visit either our Yamba NSW, or Cronulla NSW locations. Your local nursery may stock our trees. Alternatively you may be able to select trees from photos and have them shipped to your location. Contact us with your details and requirements and we’ll do our best to help!

WHAT IF I WANT SOMETHING PARTICULARLY UNUSUAL?

Each grass tree is unique. We try to maintain a collection and variety of different sizes and shapes. Tall, short, straight, bendy, multi headed, multi trunked, extra thick are all different options. When you get in touch, feel free to request particular features, and tell us your ideal trunk heights required. We will do our best to hand select suitable trees that match the other trees in your order.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO DELIVER MY PLANTS?

We can usually have your trees ready to ship in a couple of business days from time of ordering. Most of the specialist freight companies that we use can accomodate our orders within a week or two. If you have a particular freight company that you would like to use, let us know and we are more than willing to try to accomodate that for you.

THE OUTER/LOWER LEAVES ARE TURNING YELLOW / BROWN OR HAVE DIED OFF.

 

This is perfectly normal. As new growth emerges from the centre, it forces the older growth to the outside which eventually dies off and hangs down beside the trunk. In the wild it would eventually form a brown ‘skirt’ of dead leaves until a bushfire came through and burned it all up making the black trunk.

 

You can trim off these outer/lower leaves to present a neat head with clean green leaves only if you wish. Alternatively, you can let them hang there for a more natural bush look and burn them every several years if desired.

 

Any trees that have had recent flower spikes may go into a period of dormancy during which no new leaves will emerge from the centre. Just continue to look after them as normal and in time, new shoots will appear from the centre.

 


WHY ARE THE TIPS OF MY LEAVES TURNING BROWN FROM THE ENDS?
 
 This is more than likely an indication that your tree is suffering from a lack of water. Keep up consistent watering to your tree and download our planting and care guide. Trimming off any leaves that have turned brown will help you to gauge if the problem has been resolved by increasing the water or if browning off is continuing to occur. Once they’ve turned brown, the leaves will not go green again, so it’s just a waiting game for new leaves to grow out.
 
SHOULD I CUT OFF MY FLOWER SPIKE?
 
Sending up a flower spike is an energy sapping process for the tree and so it is often considered that removing the flower spike early will limit the amount of energy used to produce the spike and increase the likelihood of consistent growth of the roots and leaves instead. This may have an element of truth to it, so if your grass trees are newly planted, it may be an idea to remove the flower spike while it’s green as the tree is establishing itself in its new location.

 

However, more important than this is consistent watering. Grass trees don’t need flooding of water, and they certainly don’t like their roots sitting in pools of water for long periods of time, however, consistently having moisture in a well draining soil will allow the grass tree to have a constant source of energy and will encourage growth.

 

If you’re grass tree is healthy and established in its location for 2 years or more, our recommendation is to let nature take its course and let the flower spike grow out and fall off naturally as it would in the bush. It is a magnificent sight and attractive for bees, native bees, and native birds.

 

The only exception to this would be if you find the your new flower spike is being eaten by grubs. There is a grub that also likes the taste of young, fresh, green flower spikes and so keep an eye out for this. If grubs are eating the spike, the spike will be visibly deteriorated and you will be able to see the little grubs. Cut off the flower spike below the level of the grubs and spray the area with a pyrethrum spray or garden insect spray to protect the tree from being damaged by the grubs.

 

Because 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. 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. But dormancy is not to be feared. It’s a normal protection mechanism.

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Liz Dawson
Liz Dawson
3 months ago
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My 11 year old grass tree was looking a quite sad & pale. Mitch was very helpful with advice and eventually we decided to use a small blowtorch gently on the trunk. The results have been amazing and my grass tree has never looked better, the trunk is now darker and lots of new green growth as well as a “flower” Thank you so much Mitch for all your patience and expert advice!
Mark Timperley
Mark Timperley
6 months ago
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I have dealt with Bruinsma Grasstrees since 1994 when Mitch's mum Grace was owner/manager. When we first built our house in Byron Bay we wanted a garden that was native using completely different plants than other people were using in their gardens. Plants such as what were growing wild in the Arakwal National Park ..
Ashley Woodcroft
Ashley Woodcroft
a year ago
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We had a great time exploring the huge selection of grasstrees, with Mitch's guidance. Lots of choices. We bought two beautiful grass trees. Delivered without fuss. I am a happy customer!
Kathy Snowball
Kathy Snowball
5 years ago
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I recently bought three native grass trees (one a double header) from Mitch and Bruinsma Grasstrees. They are amazing and we just love them. They are settled in well and very easy to look after and everyone who sees them admires them. I was a bit worried about how they would deal with the frost, but it's all good. Thanks Mitch for your continued advice.
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