With increasing community recognition of the many problems associated with past clearing of native vegetation, interest in the propagation of indigenous plants has dramatically increased over the past few years. This has led to a greater diversity of native plant species being grown, including native grasses, aquatics, lilies and herbaceous species. This book outlines methods used to propagate native species from seed for small or large scale revegetation, tree planting or direct seeding projects.
1. Why grow local plants?
2. Seed development, viability and dormancy.
3. Seed germination and seed treatments.
4. Growing seedlings in containers
5. Direct seeding
6. Growing specific species from seed
Murray Ralph has been involved in the seed collection and propagation of native plants for over fifteen years and has worked for organisation such as the CSIRO, Greening Australia and the National Trust. He is currently running a consultancy business, Bushland Horticulture.