All our plants are supplied in square tubes 40mm wide and 80mm deep and have been hardened to outside conditions before dispatch. They are suitable for either planting out or potting on, and the following advice may be helpful.
If done correctly, a survival rate in excess of 90% can be achieved if the plants are given adequate protection. We recommend that you use mulch mats to conserve soil moisture and reduce weed completion, and clear plastic tree guards with bamboo or hardwood stakes to provide a beneficial microclimate and to keep out animals. It always helps to water after planting, and then once or twice per week until the plants are through their first summer. Don’t plant just before summer unless you have no other option.
Our plants have slow release fertilizer in their potting media, and will find food as they grow in your soil, but you can help them along with a 12 month slow release tablet in the planting hole. If you decide to feed, always use a fertilizer suitable for native plants, and never add more than the recommended dose. Remember a slow plant is always better than a dead plant!
If you are not ready to plant immediately, or prefer to plant a more advanced plant, you can pot the tubestock into a 140mm or larger container. This is also sometimes helpful when growing difficult to keep alive plants which survive better in the controlled conditions and perfect drainage that you can achieve in a pot.
Always use a quality potting mix, not garden soil, and add a low phosphorus slow release fertilizer at a low rate. It is preferable to buy a potting mix without fertilizer and then add your own to avoid the possibility that an incorporated fertilizer has dumped excess nutrient into the mix. As a general rule it is best to use caution when feeding native plants. 3 or 4 grams of 9 to 12 month slow release native plant fertilizer per litre of potting mix is usually adequate for satisfactory growth. If the middle to tip of the older leaves appear to be sunburnt, you probably have too much fertilizer in the mix.