Host Nurseries

Would you like to be a host?

Host nurseries provide the space that is needed to grow a large number of seedlings. The more seedlings we can grow, the more seedlings we can give away!

If you have some space (and a green thumb) and you would like to help raise seedlings for us, please get in touch.

Free Tree Society will organize seeds and materials to help you start. Host gardeners need to be committed to looking after the seedlings to ensure a good germination & survival rate. Please note that this is a daily job – plants need watering, fertilizing, weeding and to be checked for insects and fungus.

Host nurseries will typically have areas of shade, where germination can take place, and areas of full sun to encourage healthy growth of the seedlings. A fresh source of water (or harvested rainwater) is also ideal as tap water contains chlorine.

You don’t need a huge area to commit to being a host – FTSKL committee member, Surinta, uses her balcony as her host nursery, germinating fruit seeds in yoghurt pots. Once her plants have grown a bit, she delivers them to our Bangsar nursery for transfer into large growing bags.

 

Plateau Farm

Situated in Janda Baik, Pahang, Plateau Farm is our primary host nursery. Plateau Farm provides an ideal growing environment due to its cool mountain climate and the abundance of fresh water. Currently 2000 seedlings are being nurtured there on 25 raised platforms.

The plants are looked after organically with no use of chemicals.

 

Empty bences waiting to be filled with seedlings at Plateau Farm.

Empty benches waiting to be filled with seedlings at Plateau Farm.

Polybags filled with soil are ready for seeds.

Polybags filled with soil are ready for seeds.

 

Seedlings being raised at Plateau Farm Host Nursery include roselle, ulam raja, cassia nodosa, angsana, semarak api, pisang nangka, and many more!

Seedlings being raised at Plateau Farm Host Nursery include roselle, ulam raja, cassia nodosa, angsana, semarak api, pisang nangka, and more!

Seedlings

Seedlings

 

Volunteers tending the plants at Plateau Farm, August, 2014.

Volunteers tending the plants at Plateau Farm, August, 2014.

 

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