Ideally bush areas will regenerate naturally from falling seeds or seed being carried by wind and birds and dropped in the leaf litter. But sometimes nature may need a helping hand. With a minimum of effort and money, you can grow a range of easy-care native plants from seed.
Some native plant varieties are called 'primary species' such as manuka, kanuka and ti kouka/cabbage trees, because they like starting out on bare ground, and are hardy, easy to grow and will generally tolerate extremes in temperature, terrain, soil type and drainage. In many cases, planting even a limited range of primary species can create an environment where birds bring in the seed of a wider variety of plants, saving you the time and expense of growing them yourself.
Collecting seeds from naturally-occurring vegetation close to where they are to be planted is an important part of a restoration project. Find out how and when to collect seeds.
Now that you have ecosourced seeds, learn what to do next to turn them into native seedlings.
If you are planning a number of restoration projects you may want to set up a community nursery - find out how.
Ecosourced native trees and shrubs can be planted to provide a year-round food supply and suitable habitat for some native animals.
Find planting guides to help you with a local restoration project.
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Native plant conservation
New Zealand Plant Conservation Network