Vetiver Roots 

Vetiver Roots 4 months growth









Vetiver ( Chrysopogon zizanioides ) is a tough, natural, non-invasive plant with a deep penetrating fibrous root structure that grows up to 5 metres deep in virtually any soil conditions with minimal care. ( recommended for planting in temperate regions of New Zealand )

Vetiver has proven effective in diverse conditions in over 100 countries, backed by government, agricultural & scientific studies to be 100% EFFECTIVE.

The massive, fibrous Vetiver root system can penetrate up to 2 metres in the first growing season ( October - April ). Vetiver is drought tolerant.

The Vetiver hedge grows to 1 metre high comprising upright, rigid, dense foliage that slows runoff which commonly causes erosion.


Deep tough roots


* Vetiver's deep massive, fibrous root system can reach down 1-2 metres in the first year.

* This massive root system is likened to "living nails", binding the soil together.

* The measured maximum resistance of Vetiver roots in the soils is equivalent to one-sixth that of mild steel (75MPa); stronger than most tree roots; improves soil shear strength by as much as 39%.

* Closely planted Vetiver grows into dense hedgerows with a deep tough root system that can withstand inundation, and effectively reduce flow velocities forming excellent filters that prevent soil loss, thus building natural terraces.

* The fibrous mat of roots, strenghtens earthen structures and removes many contaminants from soil and water.


A strong permanent hedge 


Comprising upright, rigid, dense and deeply-rooted clump grass that slows runoff, allowing sediments to stay on the site eventually forming natural terraces.

* The Vetiver System (VS) recommends planting 5 plants to the metre to form an effective hedge in one growing season.

* Once established, a Vetiver hedge will last decades with little to no maintenance.





The Vetiver plant is a sterile clone that has to be planted vegetatively, it does not seed, has no stolons or rhizomes.


Other Applications


Vetiver has a wide variety of uses other that soil erosion.

Vetiver has been successfully used around the world for the following:




* Control of rainfall runoff. A matted root system that penetrates several metres below the ground and binds soil like a vice; tightly clumped rigid and vertical grass blades that can stop rain runoff in it's tracks. Uncontrolled runoff causes slips and landslides.

* Stabilisation of soils during intense rainfall and floods.

* Wind erosion control.

* Reducing agrochemicals load into ground water and water resources.


Water Management


* Reducing siltation of drainage systems, lakes and ponds.

* Stablisation of river banks and drains

* Protection of ponds, reservoirs and riverbanks caused by wave action, by strengthening earthen dams.




* Pollution control from waste and contaminants by absorbing heavy metals.

* Rehabilitations and stablisation of mining areas and landfills.




*Protection of structures such as roads, canals, ponds, building sites, gully rehabilitation and the stabilisation of railway tracks and prevention of landslides.


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