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Plants should be grown, not ripped out of forrest's.

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 07:24

I completley agree. The process of moving a plant within a city in Australia, with the intention of it prospering in a park, is completely different to transporting it halfway around the world, for a 2 week exhibition. I highly doubt they included the (minimum) 1 cubic meter of root ball (probably more for larger plants), considered necessary for the plants long term survival, let alone how the plant from an arid region, will continue to survive if it is left in the UK (once they have there award I doubt they will be shipping it back).

Tootsietim, please provide the source of your data. I'm not sure where you are getting the 80% survival rate from, and I doubt there is any research group, investigating the survival rate of these plants which are sold in nursarys, to home growers, especially over the long term (often they do not die quickly).

The information I've seen (from the Australian Native Plants Society), has indicated the complete opposite.

http://asgap.org.au/apol33/mar04-5.html

Plants should be grown, not ripped out of forrest's.

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 20:48

Thanks Gold1locks, I completely agree. It's often used as an excuse to simply harvest these plants from the wild, and I think the RHS and the Chelsea Flower Show, as the world leaders for gardening, could have a major impact in stopping this activity. They need to set an example, and prohibit exhibitors from using such plants. 

Wikipedia has some information on the Xanthorrhoea, it's age and slow growth rate, and the activity of nursaries to aquire these plants from bushland.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xanthorrhoea

Chelsea Flower Show 2013

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 13:29

Thanks please see other thread for response.

Plants should be grown, not ripped out of forrest's.

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 13:27

Thanks all for your comments and agreements. 

The Xanthorrhoea seed is readily available at many nursarys, however, they take approximately 1 year to germinate, and then grow at approximately 2cm per year. Any plants that are nursary grown, are therefore very small.

The plants in the Australian exhibition are clearly very big, and very old (a few hundred years), I would guess they began life before any white people were in Australia, let alone any nursery's to propagate this beautiful plant.  The only way to obtain such large specimins, is to dig them up from there natural habitat.


Many nursary's do sell these larger Xanthorrhoea's as potted plants, under the claim that they are 'rescued from imminent destruction' - ie private land owner's, digging them up, selling them on, for easy money. I personally consider this as disgraceful, as clearing sections of the amazon for farm land, and digging out the prize plants. 

http://asgap.org.au/apol33/mar04-5.html

Chelsea Flower Show 2013

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 08:56

I notice the Australian garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show features a large Xanthorrhoea (grass tree).

I'm very disappointed as these plants are not grown, but ripped out of forrests.  What makes this sadder is that this plant would be many hundreds of years old (definitely before white people arrived) and once they are removed from there natural landscape, die a very slow death.  

I think it's disgraceful that a garden exhibition can just rip the plants out of the native forrests - the RHS should have a critea that the plants on display should be grown.

 

Plants should be grown, not ripped out of forrest's.

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 08:54

I notice the Australian garden features a large Xanthorrhoea (grass tree).

I'm very disappointed as these plants are not grown, but ripped out of forrests.  What makes this sadder is that this plant would be many hundreds of years old (definitely before white people arrived) and once they are removed from there natural landscape, die a very slow death.  

I think it's disgraceful that a garden exhibition can just rip the plants out of the native forrests - the RHS should have a critea that the plants on display should be grown.

 

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