A range of native plants can be grown relatively easily and cheaply. However while it is quite possible, it is important that before starting you pay a little consideration to the following:
- Do you have a reliable location to set up for at least 12-18 months?
- Is the site of sufficient size for the quantity of plants you wish to grow?
- Is there reliable shelter from wind and protection from frost and/or summer sun?
- Is there a reliable water supply?
- Do you have sufficient people and time to ensure a good result?
You may find it beneficial to join forces with another local restoration group to set up your own nursery. We also recommend enlisting help from local schools; students and teachers love growing and planting natives. Plus, it is always good to hook in younger generations to help future-proof your project!
There's lots of information available on the web about growing your own and setting up a nursery. Here are some useful links to help get you started:
- Native plant restoration: learn about sourcing and growing local plants for your restoration project, Department of Conservation
- Protecting and restoring our natural heritage- a practical guide, Department of Conservation
- Raising native plants from cuttings, Hawkes Bay Regional Council (PDF, 143KB)
- Southland community nursery