Adopt a native plant: how to care for your plant.

If you adopted a native plant at MGA Be the Change Festival in October, read the following instructions on how to care for your new green baby.

Please note: As a general rule, Australian natives usually do not do well in pots long-term. We highly recommend that you move your plant to the ground when it grows.

Round-leaved Mintbush (Prostanthera Rotundifolia)

Native to Australia, the Round-leaved Mintbush has large clusters of lilac, mauve or whitish coloured flowers that appear in spring and summer. Its dark green leaves are very aromatic.

Care instructions:

  • Keep plant well-drained, moist, and in a partially shaded location. 
  • A light pruning after flowering will promote bushy regrowth next year.
  • Removing the Round-leaved Mintbush from the pot and planting it outdoors is highly encouraged as it will not survive in the pot long-term.

Verday Native Grass (Lomandra Longifolia)

Native to Australia, the Verday Native Grass is a flat, firm, and glossy green grass that can grow up to 1m long. This plant is very tolerant of heavy frost and drought.

Care instructions:

  • Keep plant well-drained and in a cooler location with full sun or partial shade.
  • If it becomes untidy, simply cut back grass.
  • Removing the Verday Native Grass from the pot and planting it outdoors is highly encouraged as it will not survive in the pot long-term.

Captain Cook Bottlebrush – Dwarf variety (Callistemon Viminalis)

Native to Australia, the small, red-flowering shrub is known for its flowers, adaptability, and quick growth. Its small and narrow leaves make it a great hedge plant.

Care instructions:

  • Keep plant well-drained and moist in full sun or partial shade.
  • A light pruning after flowering will promote bushy regrowth next year.
  • Removing the Captain Cook Bottlebrush from the pot and planting it
    outdoors is highly encouraged as it will not survive in the pot long-term.