'Better' Cut Foliage Collection - 4 x 1 litre trees

'Better' Cut Foliage Collection - 4 x 1 litre trees

£134.58 Regular Price
£122.00Sale Price

Grow your own cut foliage!

Starter pack for anyone interested in growing their own cut foliage.

Perfect taster kit for a flower farmer, but also suitable for a keen gardener, hobby florist or just to have in the garden. 

Different bundles available.

Larger bundle = better discount.

 

 

 

Tree Choice 1
Tree Choice 2
Tree Choice 3
Tree Choice 4
  • Stock:

    As of 4th November:

    Archeri - Sold out

    Cinerea - final few

    Glaucescens Tinderry - final few

    All other species have good stock levels. Please enquire for large orders. 

    Please read species descriptions below.

                                                               

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    Grow your own cut foliage!

    Starter pack for anyone interested in growing their own cut foliage.

    Perfect taster kit for a flower farmer, but also suitable for a keen gardener, hobby florist or just to have in the garden. 

    Take advantage of this amazing package deal in time for Autumn planting.

     

    See links below to our "Good" or "Best" bundles which are separate shop items. 

     

    A quantity of 1 means that you will receive 1 BETTER bundle:

    Good:

    • 4 x 1 litre trees,
    • 60g Rootgrow

              £99.95 with discount. RRP £108.36 link to 'Good'

     

    Better:

    • 4 x 1 litre trees,
    • 60g Rootgrow,
    • 1 litre AfterPlant,
    • 400g Smart Fertiliser,
    • 800g Chempak no.4

              £122.00 with discount. RRP £134.58 (This Product)

     

    Best:

    • 4 x 1 litre trees,
    • 60g Rootgrow,
    • 1 litre AfterPlant,
    • 400g Smart Fertiliser,
    • 800g Chempak no.4,
    • Book - 1 copy of 'Fantastic Foliage and how to Farm It' written by our CEO, Hilary Collins. 

              £138.00 with discount. RRP £153.08 Link to "Best"

     

    If you would like to order more than one bundle, please add one bundle to cart and then go back and add another bundle to ensure that you select the correct bundle and tree names. 

     

    HOW TO BUY THIS PRODUCT:

    You are buying a collection of 4 x 1 litre trees with the BETTER sundries bundle.

    A 'Quantity' of 1 in the box above = 1 bundle of 4 trees (shipped to you in one box!).

    The trees themselves also have a code number from 1-11 to help you identify them in the photos. 

    Please choose your tree species from their description in the list below, there are photos of each of their leaf types above, and then select your tree choices in the option boxes above

    Feel free to mix and match, or have four of the same!

    Alternatively, select 'Nursery's Choice'. We'll put together four of our best, bushiest trees for you with a range of colours and leaf shapes. You can always "Add a note" at checkout, or give us a call!

    If you wish to order more than one bundle, please add your first bundle to the cart and then go back and start the selection process a second time. This will not add to your shipping cost but will be delivered to the same address. 

    If you would like to order a number of trees other than in multiples of 4 (e.g. 6, 7...22 or 158!) then please contact the nursery on 07307 413 052 to ensure we get your order correct. 

     

    Why buy all the sundries?

    We have been researching the perfect Eucalyptus growing method for over 10 years. We don't sell you any unnecessary products; each one has a very important job to do. Buying a bundle means you make a saving on each product. See the RRP above. 

    Links to bundles; Good, Better (this one), Best.

    Rootgrow; (all bundles) apply to rootball/scatter in hole at the time of planting. Rootgrow is a fungi that binds with the growing tree roots (a symbiotic relationship) and facilitates nutrient uptake into the tree. A well-fed tree = good quality foliage. 60g will give you enough for all 4 trees. Read more here.

    AfterPlant; (Better and Best bundles) Developed by the Rootgrow people. AfterPlant is made from a specific type of seaweed (yes, it really matters) and has two jobs: 1) wash it over the leaves of the tree before planting to prevent transplant shock, 2) water onto the rootzone 4 days after planting as this gives the fungi above time to hatch out and then feeds the fungi to help it bind with the tree! All clever stuff. This one-size-only product gives you more than enough to work with and is also great for feeding a variety of crops/ornamentals around the garden. Read more here.

    Smart Fertiliser; (Better and Best bundles) Researched by us. We make the mistakes so you don't have to. Eucalyptus are can be fussy eaters and need the correct proportions of nutrients. This specific blend of N:P:K is applied just a few times during the growing season; a well-fed tree means healthy foliage! FYI: do not ever use manure or food waste.  400g will give you enough for 1-2 years for all 4 of your trees. Read more here

    Chempak no.4; (Better and Best bundles) This high Pot-ash feed helps to 'set' soft new growth into tougher woody stems and supports the tree through the winter. All of the Eucalyptus we have on offer here are hardy in most parts of the UK (always check your soil conditions before choosing a tree), but nearly all everygreen plants regardless of genus will suffer if we have a hard winter. This product helps to protect your crop. Read more here.

    The Book: (only in Best bundle) Fantastic Foliage and how to Farm It; the essential guide to growing cut Eucalyptus. Written by Hilary Collins BSc(hons) Horticulture, MCIHort, and CEO of Hardy Eucalyptus. This glossy hard-back, full-colour, straight-talking book is the complete year-round guide to growing Eucalyptus as a crop. Includes chapers such as; setting up your site; feeding and weeding your crop; pruning, harvesting and processing; pests, diseases and 'things that go crunch in the night'. Read more here. 
     

     

    Tree number:

    no. 1 - archeri; beautiful silvery-grey leaves. Semi-mature foliage (leaves change shape when grown to approx. 3-4m tall) has a delighful 'squahed penny' shape. We grew acres of this for our daughter's weddings. See tree's species page here

    no. 2 - Baby Blue; is a pulverulenta sub species. Sought-after by florists for it's densly packed small round blue leaves. Very rigid stems. Highly recommended as it was bred for cut foliage production... but as a result has a wayward habit if grown as an ornamental garden tree. Slowest growing out of this selection. See tree's species page here.

    no. 3 - camphora; large, lobed leaves. Very ornamental. Popular with more 'niche' florists who are looking for something a bit different. Check hardiness rating against your location. See tree's species page here.  

    no. 4 - cinerea; also known as the Silver Dollar eucalyptus. Larger silvery blue leaves. Popular with florists. See full product page here.

    no. 5 - coccifera; delighful foliage. Green leaf - reminicent of an olive crossed with a bay tree. Produces a bright silver bloom in the summer. See tree's species page here.

    no. 6 - crenulata; also known as the Victorian Silver Gum. Crenulated leaves (crinkly!) are heart shaped and green fringed with silver. See tree's species page here.

    no. 7 - glaucescens 'Tinderry'; also known as the Tingiringi Gum! Very popular with flower farmers as it is so prolific. Produces medium large rounded leaves (photograph shows them a bit small) with bright white-silver bloom. Highly scented if brushed/crushed. See tree's species page here.

    no. 8 - gunnii; very popular choice. Quite common due to its prolific nature. A good 'traditional' species. Very tolerant of harsh conditions. Semi-mature foliage (leaves change shape when grown to approx. 3-4m tall) is a pointed eliptical shape. See tree's species page here.

    no. 9 - nicholii; very fine, feathery green leaves. Densely placed on the stem. Very popular with florists. Also known as the Black Peppermint as the leaves have a strong minty smell. See full product page here.

    no. 10 - perriniana; Very striking disk-like silver-blue leaves. Produces long stems of semi-rigid foliage. Very architectural. Also known as the Spinning Gum as the stem passes through middle of leaf so when a leaf dies it does not fall off, it dries in place and spins around the stem in the wind! See full product page here.

    no. 11 - pulverulenta; a popular species with flower farmers. Large bright silvery-grey leaves. Scented. Highly recommended! See tree's species page here.   

    no. 12 - Nursery's Choice. Too many to choose from? We'll put together four of our best, bushiest trees for you with a range of colours and leaf shapes. Please let us know in the checkout 'Notes' section if you have specific site conditions e.g. lime soil, very cold, coastal etc. If you miss the 'Notes' section, please send a follow-up email. 

     

    These are trees selected for growing CUT FOLIAGE. If you would like to grow Firewood/Biomass, please see the Firewood collection. 

     

    BUT THEY ALL GROW HUGE!

    We have chosen these trees for their vigour.

    If you were to pick a slow growing, short Eucalyptus you would not be able to regularly take foliage from it as it would take too long to grow back!

    Cut foliage trees are grown to be harvested i.e. pruned. By harvesting the foliage, you will never let it reach its full potential height. 

    Plant them and abandon them, and in 10 years time you'll have a beautiful but very tall tree!

    Prune and train them as a foliage crop, and they will reward you with armfulls of gorgeous foliage for years to come. 

     

    How to grow cut foliage:

    We have receintly published a book called 'Fantastic Foliage and how to Farm It' a guide book to growing Eucalyptus for cut foliage - a first in the world, we think. Exciting stuff!

    Our CEO and head researcher, Hilary, had been writing this book for many years and we released it in Spring 2019, in time for the 'Flowers from the Farm' conference, at which Hilary was a guest speaker. 

    Further reading; please go to our page on Training and Pruning, in particular the section called "Coppice method B". 

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