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The Grass Tree (Xanthorrhoea australis) is a distinctive looking, slow-growing plant, ranging from those without visible trunks, to tree-like specimens up to 6 metres high. Great as a specimen plant for any garden or to soften up some harsh edges on rockeries.


How to grow grass tree in a garden

  1. Choose a place in the garden that gets full sun to part shade. Prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball.
  3. Carefully remove the plant from the pot ensuring not to disturb any of the roots.  TIP: You can use scissors to remove the plant from the pot, but take care when using this method.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. 
  5. Mulch lightly with woodchips and water in well.
  6. Feed lightly in Spring and Autumn with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to ensure strong root development.

     
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How to grow grass tree in a pot

  1. Choose a pot that is at least twice the size of the selected plant. Position in the garden that receives full sun to part shade.
  2. Fill the pot with a quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.
  3. Carefully remove the plant from the pot ensuring not to disturb any of the roots. TIP: You can use scissors to remove the plant from the pot, but take care when using this method.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Water in well. 
  5. Mulch lightly with woodchips and water in well.
  6. Feed lightly in Spring and Autumn with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to ensure strong root development.

Growing tips

  • Grass trees dislike root disturbances, so take extra care when choosing its final position and transplanting. 
  • Established plants are difficult to move successfully and loss rate is high. Always ensure that you purchase your plant from a reputable supplier.
  • Grass trees can readily grow from seed, however, the growth is slow and a reasonable specimen can take 3 to 5 years to develop. 
  • Be careful not to overwater. Grass trees don’t like getting wet feet.

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