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Volunteer Seedling Grower

Becoming a seedling grower is really easy, first TreeProject experts will teach you the ‘ins and outs’ of raising the seedlings (yes even those of us without a green thumb!). All new seedling growers must complete our training. There is no charge to the Volunteer Grower for the growing supplies you will receive to grow seedlings for landholders and Landcare groups. This not-for-profit cost is covered by the person ordering the seedlings.

There could be small outlays of cash for growing equipment such as kitty litter trays - for capillary watering and maybe for various chemicals to solve some of the problems if a 'home remedy' cannot be recommended.

We do however appreciate if you would become a financial member. Your financial support keeps us running and enables us to provide you with the support you need throughout the growing season. 

Jim and Jude are happy seedling growers

Becoming a Grower

WHY GROW? - Soil degradation is one of the most serious problems facing rural Victoria, and many landholders and Landcare groups are revegetating their properties to tackle soil erosion, salinity and acidification, as well as the loss of habitat and biodiversity.

Tree Project’s underlying philosophy is that repairing our natural resources, including the farmland that produces our food, fibres and other essential items, relies upon the entire community.

Registration for Growers for 2017 - 2018 growing season is now open. Seedlings wil be grown for Plantings in Autumn and Spring in 2018. You can download pdf form here. Complete it and return it to us by post. 

Grower.Registration 2017-2018 Grower.Registration 2017-2018 (416 KB)

 

The Re-Tree Scheme, run by TreeProject, assists landholders revegetate their land by recruiting urban people to grow indigenous seedlings in their backyards. They will be planted out on farms and some urban parks.

Forest with planted seedlings

This allows landholders access to low cost seedlings that will help improve the environment and create homes for wildlife, while giving urban people an opportunity to make a real difference to the environment. TreeProject provides volunteer growers with all of the materials and instructions needed to set up a 'backyard nursery'.

Growing Kits

For each order of 500 seedlings, there are two growing kits (7 boxes). Each grower usually takes one growing kit. TreeProject provides you with the following supplies:

  • A growing seedlings DVD
  • 7 white labels and a waterproof pencil. (1 label per box)
  • 7 boxes of potting mix.
  • 1 bag of forestry tubes (black plastic). (48 per box, 336 per kit)
  • 7 bags of gravel mulch. (1 bag per box)
  • 7 packets of slow release fertiliser, specially formulated for native plants. (1 packet per box)

Sometimes landholders request help to plant their seedlings. These opportunities are sporadic but if you tick this option on the Volunteer Grower Registration Form we will do our best to align you with a landholder who wants to have help getting their seedlings planted.

Distribution

You collect your grower’s kit on set days in November and January. Usually one kit will fit in a car boot.With smaller hatchback vehicles, you may have to lay the rear seats down to fit the 7 boxes and large bag of tubes. Bring a blanket, plastic or newspaper to go under the boxes of soil.

TreeProject distributes the growing supplies for the first distribution in late November/early December and the second distribution in late January/early February.

Growing Seedlings

The grower instructions cover every aspect of setting up and nurturing your seedlings. A raised sunny spot in your backyard is ideal. The first job is to fill the tubes and sow the seed. Then you water them daily, and thin them out to leave one sturdy seedling per tube. Native species are hardy, usually with high germination rates. You will have an area coordinator to answer any queries during the growing stage.

Grow seedlings for yourself

Landholders have the option of growing their own seedlings, with materials provided by TreeProject. $165 per 500 plants.

For each order of 500 seedlings, there are two growing kits (14 boxes).

NOTE - What we call 500 seedlings is 48 tubes x 14 boxes = 672.

We provide extra supplies to allow for a standard 30% failure rate in germination. Seed is not part of your growing supplies. You will either collect your own seed or order it from your regional seed bank.

TreeProject provides you with the following supplies:

  • 14 boxes of potting mix.
  • 1 bag of forestry tubes (black plastic). (48 per box, 672 per kit)
  • 14 bags of gravel mulch. (1 bag per box)
  • 14 packets of slow release fertiliser, specially formulated for native plant. (1 packet per box)
  • 14 white labels and a waterproof pencil. (1 label per box)
  • A growing seedlings DVD

Growing kits can be collected on our distribution days from our depots in Melbourne and Bendigo late November and late January or Geelong early December or early February.

If you have your own seed, please keep it and sow when you get your growing supplies. However, if you do not have any seed, you can order it yourself from a regional seed bank.