What makes us different?
Our approach to re-vegetation
We do not ‘force-feed’
Our plants are hand-reared and grown outdoors in our local climate in a sustainable way. We do not ‘force-feed’ in order to accelerate a plant’s growth and appearance for sale (as some of the bulk suppliers in the market place do) – this often produces top-heavy growth with no substantial root system to sustain the plant once it leaves its cosseted indoor environment and makes its way into your garden. Neither do we speed up growth through the use of artificial daylight – we just let nature do what it does best.
We stand behind what we sell
Many customers are surprised and disappointed when plants they’ve bought at ‘big box’ retailers fail to thrive and even collapse. We may charge slightly higher prices in some cases, but we produce high quality plants suited to our local conditions, and we stand behind what we sell.
We grow them strong and durable
We don’t grow what’s in ‘fashion’ – we grow strong and durable plants that are genetically suited to our environment, that will stand the test of time.
Eco-sourced seed ensures we are producing native plants genetically adapted to a specific region, its climate and soils, and any of its unique qualities or adaptations particular to that environment or ecological system.
In 2018, we received recognition for our work in conservation from the NZ Plant Conservation Network.
We can prepare staged planting plans for your site, and eco-source the seed to enable you to bring your project to fruition.
Seeds for our root-trainer lines are collected locally within the Nelson and Tasman districts, largely from wild mature specimens endemic to our area. All seed sources are carefully recorded to ensure the integrity of the plant material – this is particularly important if you are restoring or planting near a natural bush remnant or protected area.
We try to collect from as many parts of the region as possible so that we can supply plants genetically suitable/adapted to your area.
Some species may not be available every year. We can, however, grow these to order – at least one year lead-in is required to source and propagate seed, especially if we need to source from a specific area. It can take 18 months to 2 years from seed collection to production of mature root-trained plants.
Vertical roots for a deep-root system
We grow our revegetation-grade plants in Tinus root-trainers. The root-trainer is specially devised to produce plants with a deep root system, and prevents spiralling of roots which can occur in pots and bags by channelling the roots vertically. They are air pruned at the base.
Plants produced in this way are healthy and hardy, with a sturdy, sizeable root mass that will support strong foliage growth. They have a consistently low mortality rate in what can sometimes be harsh planting environments (such as bare ground, cold or very windy sites).
This system enables us to grow crops of plants on a large scale using less physical space in the nursery, making these a much more affordable option for mass planting.
We specialise in:
• growing from seed (including yours)
• supplying plants for small and large gardens, lifestyle blocks, farms and bare land
• helping with planning your planting
• pre-and-post sales assistance
We’re friendly and we’ve got time to talk – come and see us today to discuss your native plant requirements, or give us a call.