AUSTRALIAN NATIVE PLANTS ONLINE

Start your own Native Plant Project with our Plant Boxes delivered direct to your door.
Native plants have been carefully selected and grown at our nursery in Merricks on the Mornington Peninsula.

HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN PLANT BOX

STEP 1: Select a Plant Box in the size you wish – either 4, 8 or 16 mature tube stock plants.

STEP 2: Then choose your favourite plants – pick a single variety or mix it up to suit your garden.

STEP 3: Get ready for your delivery!

Our Native Plant Boxes with your selections arrive complete with care instructions and growing guides.

PLEASE NOTE: we carefully pack and ship your plants on Mondays only to ensure their safe arrival.

Place your orders by MIDNIGHT SUNDAY to be included in that week’s Plant Box deliveries.

* Thanks for your understanding with delays in usual Australia Post delivery times during Lockdown – we’re offering free Express Post to assist *

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NATIVE PLANT BOXES – FAQS

We’ve answered your most frequently asked questions below. If you have any additional questions regarding our Native Plant Boxes and the Native Plant Project e-nursery, please reach out to us directly via the contact page here.

What’s in my Native Plant Project box?

Your plants are mature tubestock plants that have been carefully grown at our nursery in Merricks on the Mornington Peninsula. Tubestock is a wonderful way to start your native plant project, because it gives your plants a better chance of settling into their new environment.

We carefully pack your native plant selection and send them to you complete with care instructions, ready to plant.

Each of your plants comes with some simple plant information so you know exactly what you’re getting, and how to plant them. For more information on your plants, such as where to plant them, how big they’ll grow, and the conditions they enjoy, head to our e-nursery to find descriptions of each one.

How long will my plants take to arrive?

We pack and send your native plant box on Mondays only, to ensure their safe arrival before the weekend. If your order is placed before 10am on Monday you can expect delivery within 2-4 working days, depending on where you live.

We use Australia Post for all our Native Plant Project deliveries. A $5 Express Post option is available to guarantee faster delivery of your native plants.

Will my plants be OK on the journey?

Yes they will. We water your selection prior to packing and then wrap with great care in our special Native Plant Boxes to ensure that they arrive at your doorstep safe and sound, and ready to plant.

How do I care for my plants when my Native Plant Project box arrives?

Your Native Plant Project box comes with care instructions for how to start planting your native garden.

Here’s our quick guide to getting started.

Step 1. Your plants will need a little care after their journey, so once you receive them, give them a bit of a water when they’re still in their tubes.

Step 2. We assume you’ve already decided where you’re going to plant, so begin by breaking up any hard soil. You want to make it soft enough for roots to grow into.

Step 3. Dig a hole that’s slightly wider and deeper than the native plant tubestock. Then, fill it with water, and water for all the water to drain out.

Step 4. Turn your plant tube upside down, making sure to hold the stem gently so it doesn’t fall out. Squeeze the sides of the tube gently, give the bottom a little tap, and then slowly pull the tube away from the plant.

Step 5. Re-fill a bit of soil back into the hole, then place your new plant on top. The height of the potting mix should match the height of the ground around it.

Step 6. Fill in the rest of the hole and gently pat it down. Your plant should sit nice and firmly in the ground.

Step 7. Water your new native plant in well, to get rid of any air gaps in the soil and give the plant a good drink. Each plant needs at least 4 litres of water.

And that’s it! Your new native plant project is ready to grow.

When should I fertilise my native plants?`

The soil in each native plant tubestock already contains enough slow-release fertiliser to keep them going for 6 weeks. So don’t fertilise immediately, or you might burn their roots.

Some native plants are sensitive to phosphorous, so we recommend a low-phosphorous fertiliser that’s designed specifically for natives. In general, applying Osmocote slow-release Native Gardens fertiliser twice a year should do the trick.

How often should I water my natives?

It’s important to keep your new native plants hydrated to give them enough fuel to grow. You want to keep them hydrated—but not too hydrated.

Summer: Water them every second day for the first week after planting, then weekly for the next month.

Cooler and wetter months: Water half as often.

Once your native plants are established, reduce your watering regularity, but give them longer drinks each time. This encourages them to grow deep, healthy roots.

A good rule of thumb is ‘water well, but not often.’

In summer months, give your plants a heavy watering on a monthly basis. In winter, you only need to water them when it looks necessary.

Do I need to mulch my new native plant garden?

Adding mulch around the base of your new natives is a good idea. It helps to reduce the need for extra watering, as it keeps the soil moist for longer. It also keeps the soil cooler in warmer, warmer in winter, adds long-life nutrients to the soil, and helps to reduce weeds too.

Your native garden will respond well to any type of mulch, from lawn clippings, to compost or straw. To mulch your garden, apply the mulch liberally to the surface of the soil, to a depth of around 7cm. Be sure to keep a slight gap between the mulch and the plant stem to prevent fungal growth.

You can apply your mulch twice a year, in autumn and spring, just after a good rain.

What if I can’t plant immediately?

Your native plant tubestock will be happy in their containers for a few days if you can’t plant them immediately. Just be sure to keep them moist, and sit them in a partly-shaded area, out of the hot afternoon sun.

Where do you deliver to?

We deliver to all plant lovers in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia. Sadly, due to quarantine regulations we can’t send our native plant boxes to Western Australia, Northern Territory, or Tasmania.

Can I pick up from the nursery instead?

Our Native Plant Project boxes are delivery only.

Can I change/add items to my order after I've paid?

Absolutely, drop us a line at hello@nativeplantproject.com.au with your order information and a contact phone number, and we’ll give you a call to assist.

Please note that your order is packed on Monday morning, so if you want to change your order it’s important to be in touch before then.

What happens if there’s something wrong with my plants when they arrive?

Simply get in touch with us at hello@nativeplantproject.com.au and we’ll sort it out for you!