Grow native plants

Grow native plants

Encouraging biodiversity

If you’re not sure what native plants to use, where to get them, or how to look after them – read on. Our native plant list recommends shrubs, small trees, grasses, herbs and ferns to create your home habitat.

Caring for your native plants

If you have very dry soil conditions, dig a hole and place half a handful of pre-soaked water crystals into it or use a good soil conditioner. Ensure the hole is deeper than the tube or pot your plant comes in. Try making sure the plant sits just below the soil level – not too far below – so that water is directed to the plant, like a small well.

Release the plant from the tube or pot by holding the plant upside down. Tap the tube or pot upwards while holding the roots in place in case they haven’t developed properly.

If your seedling is a bit root bound or has roots spiraling around the rootball, gently tease them out before planting. Place the plant in the hole and backfill it, pressing soil firmly around roots to avoid air pockets from forming. The base of the stem should be sitting at the level of the soil. Spread mulch around the plant.

Water immediately (approximately one litre per plant), and then once a week for 6 weeks. Water more often if planting into pots or planter boxes, and/or in windy or hot weather. Ideally plant in autumn or spring, and avoid planting in summer.

You can use slow-release native fertiliser but only in warmer months. Do not use fertilisers that are high in phosphate, for example, Blood 'n' Bone.

Please note most of the above information does not apply to reeds, which should be planted directly into water. 

Where to buy native plants

Randwick City Council Community Nursery
2B Barker Street (corner Day Lane and Barker Street)
02 9662 6225

Marrickville Community Nursery
Addison Road Centre
142 Addison Road
0412 435 948

Growing Friends Plant Sales
Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
(access from Mrs Macquaries Road)
02 9231 8182


Last updated: Monday, 1 December 2014