Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Planting and Care
  2. Ordering
  3. Delivery
  4. Troubleshooting grass tree problems

Planting and Care

How do I plant and care for my grass tree?

Please download our planting and care guide for information on planting, watering, fertilising, and maintaining your grass tree.

Here is a video of Mitch talking about watering your grass tree.

How to plant a grass tree video.

Dealing with Scale 

Ordering

Do you sell to the public?

We are primarily a wholesale and trade nursery. Please contact one of the nurseries on our Where to Buy page to source our trees. If they don't currently have what you need in stock, please request that they order it in for you.

If there is not a nursery in your area stocking our trees, there are a couple of things you can do!

  1. Tell your local nursery about our amazing trees and request that they place an order with us.
  2. Get in touch with us to find your closest stockist.  

What if I want something particularly unusual?

Our more unusual grass trees with multiple trunks and multiple heads are displayed individually online here. You can request your local nursery/stockist to get these trees in stock for you.

Are you open to the public?

Our nursery site is open by appointment only. Email sales@grasstrees.net.au to arrange a time to visit. Appointment times are best made between 9am – 2pm Mon-Thurs. However, please contact us prior to visiting to avoid disappointment. We are located on the Brooms Head rd, Maclean, NSW.

Delivery

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.

Troubleshooting grass tree problems

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.