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What are Indigenous plants?Indigenous plants are the original plants found locally in your region. For example, Eringium ovinum, commonly known as Blue Devil, is a species found in various habitats throughout Victoria.
What are Endemic plants?Endemic plants are very localised plants species that are only found in a specific area. For example, Eucalyptus baueriana subsp. thalassina, commonly known as Werribee blue box, is a subspecies of Victorian blue box. The Werribee blue box is endemic to Werribee. Indigenous and endemic plant species have evolved and adapted to the conditions within your local environment such as the soil and climate. Your local plant species have evolved side by side with the native wildlife, so by planting a variety of indigenous and endemic plants over native plants creates a variety of food and more diversity in your urban landscape for our native wildlife.
Can I fertalize native plants?Yes, You Can Fertilise Native Plants! Native plants, like all living things, need nutrients to survive. If you have soil which is lacking in nutrients you will need to supplement with fertiliser. The truth is natives don't like manufactured or chemical based fertilisers that are high in phosphorous. But they do like to be fed, ideally in spring and autumn, either with a specifically designed Australian native plant food. OR an organic based fertiliser such as blood and bone- Great for all plants, including natives. No added urea. Blood & bone is one of the favourite fertilisers used by organic growers. Nitrogen is one of the three macronutrients (Phosphorus and Potassium are the other two) and is essential for vigorous growth.
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