About


Grow Vetiver  is a  plant nursery run by father and son team, Dave and Keir Riley, that harvests and grows Vetiver for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere -- a township on Moreton Bay, near Caboolture -- on the northside  of Brisbane, Australia.

About the plant:
"Vetiver grass - Chrysopogon zizanioides - is a tropical clump grass with origin in south India. It has the ability, when planted close together in a line, to create a near perfect barrier that filters out sediment, spreads rainwater, improves the shear strength of soil, and recycles soil nutrients. Vetiver has a wide range of applications, and the common domesticated cultivars used around the world are non-invasive. The plant will virtually grow anywhere except where the winter temperatures result in perma-frost and summers are too mild. Thus its main areas of growth are in the tropics and semi tropics, Mediterranean climates, and in arid regions (when there is available supplementary water). Its primary uses are for soil and water conservation, soil fertility enhancement, bio-engineeering, phytoremediation of contaminated land and water, disaster mitigation, and a byproduct supply for forage, fuel, handicrafts, and perfumery. It also sequesters significant quantities of atmospheric carbon. "-- Vetiver Network International

Primary Vetiver System Applications:

Main Local Applications:
  • Vetiver grass is a versatile and flexible tool  that can be used in many situations to protect soil (even sand)  from erosion.
  • Along the coastline it can be planted to protect the foreshore from King Tides and Storm Surges as Vetiver is significantly saline tolerant.
  • Bordering dams, creeks and drains, Vetiver holds the banks in place and prevents collapse.
  • As a barrier against shallow flooding in low lying areas.
  • Vetiver can be planted to slow down surface water movement, alter flow direction and promote better seepage for water table replenishment.
  • Cut Vetiver is a generous drought resistant resource for  animal fodder. It can also be planted out for managed foraging.
  • In horticulture and kitchen gardening, Vetiver can serve as wind breaks, as a mulch resource, and as bed hedge borders. Vetiver also significantly improves soil fertility and soil moisture retention if intercropped. 
  • Compared to other options (such as building retaining walls), Vetiver is a cheap means to bio-engineer problem sites.  

Our Nursery's Certification of Excellence
(When we called ourselves Vetiver Community Project)