Eco–Sourcing Native Plants

Eco-sourced plants are plants grown from seeds collected from naturally occurring plant communities in your local area. Just because a plant is native doesn’t necessarily mean it should naturally grow in your area.

When you are planting eco-sourced plants, it is important you make sure you talk to your nurseries about where the seed source was collected. Reputable nurseries should have good records of where seeds were collected and plants should be labelled.

This is not always easy for nurseries because within Selwyn as in some cases we do have a limited source of seeds for some plants. It may mean that you have to visit several nurseries but all efforts to utilise appropriate eco-sourced plants add towards restoring biodiversity and will often lead to greater plant survival and growth rates.

Below is a not-exhaustive list of  nurseries that eco-source plants in the Selwyn District.

There are a growing number of nurseries who are growing eco-sourced seeds so please check the phone book for other nurseries in your area that can help to find the right plants for you.

Motukarara Conservation NurseryPlants in combi guards
Ph 03 329 7846

Southern Woods Nursery Ltd
Main South Road
Freephone 0800800352

Trees for Canterbury
42 Charlesworth Street
Ph 03 982 1028

Wai-ora Forest Landscape Nursery
48 Watson Road
Christchurch 8057
Ph 03 359 2458