Our most frequently asked questions about Vetiver,

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 Where does Vetiver grass originate?

 It is a native plant of southern India.

 Is Vetiver invasive?

 No. Vetiver does not seed, sucker, or flower in any manner. It does not send out rhizomes or stolons.

 How big does the plant grow?

Vetiver grows up to 1.2 metres high and 600mm wide, to a depth of 3 - 5 metres. The roots do not grow wider than the plant itself.

Will cattle eat Vetiver grass?

Yes. Cattle will eat the new shoots. In some countries Vetiver is grown as stock food. It is recommended to fence off new plants for 3 months, allowing the plants to firmly anchor in the ground.

Do I need to water the Vetiver once planted?

No. As long as you follow the recommended instructions, dipping each plant into a bucket of water until saturated, prior to planting, Vetiver will not necessarily need any further watering as it is drought tolerant.

How do I maintain Vetiver?

Once planted Vetiver needs little maintenance. An annual side dressing of blood and bone and a cut back in spring if accessible. Some of our clients have used a regime of folia fertilising with 'Nitrosol' to encourage growth.

Can I take cuttings from Vetiver?

Planting Vetiver cutting material directly into the soil will fail without a well formed root system. Achieving success is what is required with the planting of Vetiver which will maintain the integrity of "The Vetiver System".


TESTIMONIALS from successful plantings.


'Following the recommended planting instructions, my clients are amazed at how effective the Vetiver System holds newly formed driveways in a short time. Even without rain, the Vetiver has achieved excellent growth'

Richard Campbell-P.C. Excavators, Coromandel


'Hundreds of Vetiver were planted directly into hard clay soils that could have required man-made retaining walls at a huge cost. The plants are thriving, making our driveway and coastal land not only secure, but green!'

V & R Owen, The Bay of Islands