To help new small-scale growers in the subtropics, I have written some high-resolution pictorial guides on propagation and planting in addition to the above resources. These are guides based in SE QLD on decomposed granite soil with rainfall averaging 800mm-1.2m a year. They are intended to help you start your nursery and build your first hedges in any locale.
Varied photos of a 4 year old dug up mature Vetiver clump illustrating potential size and crown formation.Read more
Planting layouts in a nursery can be varied and in any style that an owner chooses. Some are streamlined for mechanisation with row width corresponding with tyre track width, for one example. As long as you give a plant room to grow in a sunny position, each ‘mother’ clump should provide you with a significant number of slips (propagation pieces) during later division.Read more
Vetiver Grass leaf can be used as a replacement for straw, hay, or other grass materials for application in cob, adobe, or mud-related building.Read more
With the cold of Winter nearly upon us, the annual Biochar removal from the reedbed is conducted as the Vetiver has stopped growing for the year. With the cold weather comes lower char/soil temperatures and reduced biological activity which is hopefully negated by the replacement of ‘fresh’ char until the temperature improves. A ‘good’ reedbed needs to be removing the nitrates/phosphates and Vetiver does not grow well during Winter dormancy thereby possibly not converting nitrogen and phosphorus into green matter fast enough.Read more