How to plant your free native plants - video transcript

This is a transcript for the How to plant your free native plants video.

Hi, I’m Annette McFarlane for Brisbane City Council’s Free Native Plants program. I’m going to show you the simple steps to help you get your native plants off to a great start.

Now hopefully you’ve done a bit of pre-planning and worked out what you want your native to do, where it’s going, and you have selected the right species for the job. 

  • Plant as soon as you can after bringing your native plant home
  • Dig the hole twice as large as the container the plant comes in
  • If the soil is dry like it is here, water the hole with some liquid seaweed or fertiliser
  • Gently remove the plant from its container, there should be no need to tease the roots
  • Place it into the hole at the right level, backfill and firm
  • If you have some compost it always helps to use it when you plant
  • Make sure to mulch around the plant
  • Water well until the plant’s established, that’s usually for the next two-to-three months
  • Once it is established feed with a good-quality native fertiliser to help your plant really grow strongly.

So there you go. With just a little care and attention up front your plant has the best chance of getting established and give you benefits for years to come.

There’s a variety of natives available through the program including ground covers, flowering container plants, tuffing grasses, vines, butterfly-attractors, screens and of course iconic Australian features trees.

For more on natives and the free plants program visit Council’s website.

Last updated:3 May 2019