Vetiver Live Plants
£43.15 – £445.60
We will be supplying live vetiver plants in the UK, from the middle of April 2023. Sadly we can no longer supply live plants to the EU.
Trial Pack – 15 Slips £43.15
(sufficient 3m linear)
Pack 60 slips £125.90
(sufficient 12m linear)
Pack 100 slips £196.75
(sufficient 20m linear)
Pack 250 slips £445.60
(sufficient 50m linear)
Other amounts can be arranged please contact us
Includes postage and packing within the UK by Royal Mail Tracked 24 post. Should you wish to purchase outside of the UK, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- WE ONLY SUPPLY VETIVER LIVE PLANTS FROM APRIL TO JULY to allow the plants to establish over summer
- Vetiver is a tropical, perennial, sterile, non-invasive grass. At Vetiver Grass UK we grow our plants on a little to give more robust stems and roots, so plants can establish quicker in cooler climates of the UK. Our plants are dispatched bare-rooted, wrapped in moist tissue, a bio-degradable bag and protective packaging. We always send our plants by Tracked24 post, to ensure they arrive in the best condition.
- All plants come with complete growing instructions. We suggest you place the plants immediately on arrival into water , prior to planting and water well in the first season. Vetiver is tolerant of most soil conditions ( see FAQ’s) and likes full sun. We suggest that you only grow Vetiver outdoors in southern UK, and depending upon the weather, there may be some winter die back.
- Grown and dispatched in the UK by Vetiver Grass UK, the first company to do so. We have established a small nursery in Wiltshire to supply Vetiver plants from April – July, to bring the amazing benefits of vetiver to a wider audience.
- Vetiver is used around the world for soil and water conservation, erosion control and to clean polluted soil and water. Ideal for off-grid living to reduce contamination from waste water soakaways
- contact us
Trial Pack – 15 slips, Pack 60 slips, Pack 100 slips, Pack 250 slips
In order to keep costs and bureaucracy to a minimum, now the UK is no longer in the EU we now send all plants to the EU directly from our farm in Spain.
The plants all come from the same stock plants, the quality is exactly the same and they are packaged the same.
We are able to supply plants to the EU for a longer period, depending upon where you are located.
The payment is still in GB Pounds.
What is Vetiver?
Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizaniodes) is a tropical, sterile, clump forming grass, that originated in India. It is a long-living perennial grass, with deep roots and grows to a height of about 1-2m. Vetiver is able to grow in a wide range and often hostile conditions, that other plants cannot tolerate, making it suitable to grow throughout large areas of the globe.
Can Vetiver be legally grown in the UK?
Vetiver, as a tropical grass, is a non-native species to the UK. As part of our due diligence, Vetiver Grass UK, contacted the Animal and Plant Health Agency – the government agency responsible for safe-guarding animal and plant health for the UK. Vetiver is not on any of the banned plant lists, nor does it require a plant passport to be imported into the UK. We have written confirmation that we are able to import Vetiver from the EU.
Our stock plants are all from a Vetiver Network certified grower in the EU and once our nursery is established in the UK we also plan to become certified. We recommend that you only buy Vetiver plants from known sources and you only buy Vetiver – Chryospogon zizanioides. There are other varieties, that don’t have the same properties and can be invasive, so always ask your supplier if they are selling certified plants. Or just buy from Vetiver Grass UK.
Can Vetiver be grown legally in the EU?
Vetiver has been established since 2009 in the EU and can be transported between countries without the need for custom checks, etc.
How Many Plants will I need?
The number of plants will vary depending upon, what you plan to use the Vetiver for:
For Slope Stability it will depend upon:
The severity of the slope erosion, how steep the slope is and the length of slope from top to bottom.
We recommend that you plant Vetiver 15-20cm apart in the UK, so between 5-6 plants per metre.
If the slope is steep and more than 3m high then it would be advisable to plant Vetiver in rows approx. 1m apart and if the degree of erosion is severe then it may be necessary to plant up to 9 plants per metre.
If you are unsure about how many plants, then please contact us, preferably with the measurements of the slope and even better a photo, so we may be able to assist you.
For Soil Erosion it will depend upon:
If there is a slope then the above conditions will also apply, historical levels of soil erosion, soil type and topography of the land.
If slope stability is not an issue and you just want to reduce surface run-off, then we suggest you plant Vetiver 20-25 cm apart in the UK, so 4-5 plants per metre.
If the run-off is severe then we suggest that you plant Vetiver 15-20cm apart, so 5-6 plants per metre and, if necessary, plant 2 rows a metre apart.
If you are unsure about how many plants, then please contact us, preferably with the measurements of the land and even better a photo, so we may be able to assist you.
For Phyto-remediation of polluted water and land:
Vetiver has not been used in the UK for phyto-remediation so the exact number of plants needed is uncertain.
As part of our PhD research project, we are working with UK government agencies to assess the viability of using Vetiver in the UK for phyto-remediation.
Results in other regions of the world have been good and shown a significant level of reduction in N&P in receiving waters, whilst we don’t expect the same results, we are hopeful that there will be some reduction in N&P levels.
When should I plant Vetiver in the UK & EU?
Vetiver is a tropical grass, so to get the best result it is better to plant Vetiver in the Spring after any chance of frost has gone. We suggest you plant Vetiver between early May and early July to give the plants time to establish over the summer months, before the winter and cooler temperatures set in.
This will depend upon where in the EU you are based, if it is southern Europe – Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece then you can plant earlier in the year from late March and again you can plant in the Autumn. It is not recommended you plant at the height of summer even if you have a plentiful supply of water, as the plants will become stressed and unlikely to thrive.
How do I plant and water Vetiver in the UK & EU?
Although Vetiver is a very robust plant and will survive in a wide range of conditions, there are a few guidelines that can help your plants thrive:
If you have heavy clay then the addition of compost will aid the drainage; this is important because Vetiver does not like to be waterlogged in the first few weeks after planting.
Similarly, if you have a very sandy soil then add some compost to prevent water from draining away too quickly, as Vetiver needs water in the first few weeks after planting.
We prefer to plant our Vetiver slips in individual holes, that we fill with water first then place the plant in and firm the soil. This method is often the safest and easiest method when planting on a steep slope.
It is also possible if you have a very long run to plant, to dig a trench mix in any compost if needed, water, then plant and firm the soil around each plant.
The slips should be planted so that the crown is just below the soil surface. Water immediately after planting and thereafter frequently during the first few weeks to ensure that they don’t dry out.
To test if the plants need watering, simply put your index finger into the soil up to the first knuckle, if it comes out clean, then they need water, if there a bit of soil stuck to it then you can probably leave it for a day.
Keep the soil moist, always check, don’t assume that because it has rained that the plant has sufficient water. After 3-4 months then the plants should be self-sufficient, a UK winter will certainly provide sufficient moisture for the plants to survive.
The planting process in southern Europe is the same, except we do not advise planting during the summer.
Can I use Vetiver in my Vegetable Garden or Allotment?
Vetiver makes and excellent addition to the Vegetable garden or Allotment. Vetiver not only provides a wind break it helps conserve soil moisture and can improve yields of crops. Vetiver is also used across the globe as an insect repellent.
Plant as a hedge around your vegetable garden, and apply the same guidelines described above to ensure that your plants thrive. Vetiver roots go straight down, so generally don’t interfere with nearby plants, so plant about 40-50cm away from any crops if you have the space. Vetiver can be cut back to a suitable height and the cuttings can be used as a mulch on the garden or as bedding for chickens, rabbits, etc.
Will Vetiver grow in the shade?
As a tropical grass, Vetiver thrives in the sunshine, but will tolerate some dappled shade. However, it is unlikely to tolerate any shade in the UK as it is already out of its comfort zone, so it is better if Vetiver can be planted on south facing slopes to provide it with as much sunshine as possible.
We guarantee delivery of only live, healthy plants to your doorstep. If the plant you receive is not an alive and healthy specimen, please take a photo immediately, and email it to email@example.com.