Planting and Care Instructions

 Basic instructions for planting and taking care of your vetiver plants when they arrive
(A printed instructions page is included with every order)


Caring for vetiver grass plant plugs from Agriflora Tropicals

Arrival:

Your plants will have had a long trip inside a dark box.  Like your favorite pet, they will need a few days of gentle care to adapt to their new home.  It’s pretty simple . . .

The long blades will have been cut to fit the box and reduce moisture loss from evaporation.  They will grow back rapidly once they are in pots or in the ground within five days of arrival.  In the meantime, spread the plants in a shaded area of the garden and keep the root bundles moderately moist.  Some crumbling of the potting mix during travel and planting will not harm the plants.

Initial Planting:

  • When used as part of a terrain management application, the plants should be planted in contour hedges with a separation of six inches (center to center).  Plant slightly under the existing soil surface
  • Multiple rows may be required for complete coverage.  The separation between rows will depend on the slope, soil type, and present soil condition.  Typically, row separation ranges from three to six feet in moderate slopes and good soil.
  • Plants have already received the necessary initial fertilization.  Do not fertilize at the time of planting.
  • Use a high Nitrogen fertilizer sparingly after new growth is evident and plants have adapted to the new environment.  Apply about a teaspoon around each plant every other week
  • Keep the plants well irrigated until they adapt to their new location.  Some dry blades are normal as long as new growth is evident.

After three months:

  • Check for gaps in the rows and, if necessary, fill them by relocating or dividing other plants.
  • Continue moderate fertilization using a high Nitrogen commercial lawn fertilizer according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • For accelerated root development, keep the long blades cut back to about 10” .

After six months and beyond:

  • Your plants should be well established by now and the gaps between the plants should be closing.  Root depth should be enough to provide a moderate degree of soil stabilization.  Full development of the root system will be completed by the end of the second year.  Fertilize regularly as indicated by your chosen product.
  • Maintain a regular fertilization and irrigation program if the plants are part of your landscaped areas.  In rough terrains, plants will adapt to very extreme weather and soil conditions.
  • Use a high Nitrogen fertilizer sparingly after new growth is evident and plants have adapted to the new environment.  Apply about a teaspoon around each plant every other week
  • Keep the plants well irrigated until they adapt to their new location.  Some dry blades are normal as long as new growth is evident.