NATIVE NURSERY

We grow and sell predominately grafted standard Grevillea's - below is information on what a standard Grevillea is and basic care.

We also do contract growing of all Australian plants - get in contact to discuss your project ideas.

Our nursery is open by appointment 

We will also be having open gardens a few times a year - watch this space and also on our facebook page for up coming open days.














  
Standard Grevilleas
A standard Grevillea is a grafted plant where a lower growing, or difficult to grow species or hybrid is grafted, generally onto a Silky Oak (Grevillea robusta) at height.  But don’t worry; your plant is basically at maximum height.  The smaller plant grafted on top now “makes the rules” and there is never any chance of the plant achieving the size, or extensive root system of a silky oak. 

The purpose of a standard Grevillea is not only to display the plant and flowering at eye level, but can add another dimension to your garden by allowing the placement of smaller growing plants underneath in limited space.  They are ideal for prickly type shrubs because it makes the chore of weeding underneath them so much easier.  The silky oak rootstock is adaptable to many soil and drainage types, so even if you have had trouble with Grevilleas before, grafted plants often solves this issue. 
    
Standard Grevilleas are absolute favourites of small and medium sized birds like honeyeaters and lorikeets, as well as butterflies and all manner of native and exotic bees, for nectar, pollen, shelter and nesting sites. 


From Dave and Catherine – Nightjar Ridge Natives

We are very grateful for your business and support.  Our standard Grevilleas are generally two years in the making, they take an extreme level of horticultural skill and dedication to produce what you see. We graft consistently higher than just about anyone else for maximum visual display.  We strive to produce plants with excellent vigour and are committed to after sales advice on how to get the best out of your plant.  We have always wanted to produce plants that people can be proud to invest in and display in their gardens, and to show friends, family and visitors.  Our prices remain incredibly competitive for the quality and range we produce, which is ever expanding.  We value immensely, the promotion of Australian plant industry and the use of native plants and the role they play in the conservation of our diminishing natural environment as a whole. 
                    
 
Basic Care and Maintenance

Although these plants are not pot bound, the fact remains that they are a large plant in a small pot, so if you are not intending on planting your standard immediately, it is very important you provide it with ample water.  A plastic bucket with an inch of water in the bottom is generally sufficient, topping it up as it uses the water. 
At planting time, dig a hole twice the size of the pot and pre soak with water, a weak solution of seaweed at this time can really make sure your plant hits the ground running too.  Place your standard in the hole and backfill the surrounding soil to about an inch over the original potting mix creating a shallow bowl to direct water into the roots, water in to settle the soil.


Keep your bamboo stake and ties on your plant and place two more stakes in parallel with the trunk.  Tie your standard at about half of its height, firmly but not tightly with soft cloth or hessian tree tie, it is very important to check your ties regularly to make sure they are not cutting into your plant.  This process ensures your standard is firmly secured and your trunk, root system and growth will rapidly begin to expand to support your plant. 
It is advisable to water your newly planted standard every two days for the first fortnight, a watering can should suffice, and thereafter when it is needed.  A thick layer of sugar cane mulch can help reduce this watering frequency, be sure to keep it clear of the trunk.


Ensure that all silky oak shoots below the graft union are removed promptly.  It is not uncommon or problematic to see this occur, especially as your plant is establishing, it will cease as the trunk thickens and ages, it is in fact a sign of a healthy sap stream. 


It is a common misconception that you cannot fertilise natives, in fact, for healthy growth and prolific flowering it is essential.  We have had fantastic results with Osmocote for Natives and Neutrog Bush Tucker, low phosphorus content is very important.  Watering in dry times is also very beneficial, deep watering rather than foliar spray is always rewarded with plant health and vigour. 


When your standard is actively growing, shape your plant and tip prune for bushiness and heavy flowering, you can also remove old flowers and you will be rewarded with even heavier flowering in that same season.  Be sure to use clean sharp secateurs.


It is generally achievable to be able to remove all staking implements within two years, and you will be left with a free standing beauty. 



 
Nightjar Ridge Natives is expanding.....we have begun preparations for a wholesale native nursery. Exciting times, watch this space....
 
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