Tips for successful planting
A majority of Australian native plants have a natural distribution or Provenance covering many geographical areas. This is the case for several plant species within the SDRC “Planting for biodiversity” list. Provenance refers to the place of origin or source of something e.g. an area containing a population of a species that is assumed genetically distinct from other populations. Thus, choosing local provenance native seedlings (grown from seeds from the local area) is favourable, as they are already conditioned to local climate and soil conditions.
Choosing locally adapted species supports biodiversity and creates a hardy garden. Local biodiversity can be significantly supported by local gardens and paddock plantings, especially for birds, bees and insects. Local provenance native seedlings however, are often difficult to source. To help with your search, get to know your local Wildflower or Landcare group. They should be able to guide you to stockists for further information and availability.
How plants grow is very variable, depending on location, immediate soil conditions and micro-climate, as well as suitability to that position and local drought and frost. Paddock planting conditions can be quite harsh in some situations and choosing suitable species and giving early protection can improve survival rates.
Most local native plants usually require minimal preparation for survival, however understanding your climatic conditions and soil type helps for success.
It is important for the first 12 months of establishing a seedling that it receives regular deep watering and support to improve soil water holding capacity. Weed suppression will also support early growth. A great publication has been developed by the Stanthorpe Rare Wildflower Consortium which provides tips and tricks in establishing local plant species. Click on the link below to find out more.