Metropolitan Tree Growers Pty Ltd is a professional horticultural company, dedicated to the highest standards of horticulture and giving you the best trees, service and value. We presently grow high-quality trees for councils and public authorities throughout south - eastern Australia. Our trees are grown using the best horticultural methods, which include root-conscious pruning, structural branch pruning techniques and correct root: shoot ratios. We specialise in the production of suitable species and selections for streetscape and other public open space. Presently we are providing the Melbourne municipal market with the best selections for its varying environs. MTG grows both Australian native and exotic trees in 16 Litre (1.2-1.5m height), 40 Litre (1.8-2.5 m height) and 75-95 Litre (3.0-4.0m height) SpinOutŪ-treated and RocketPot®, squat containers. The SpinOutŪ, an inert copper containing paint and the RocketPot® air pruning system allows us to carefully manage rootsystem development. We also physical root prune at all potting stages. As we are specialist growers for urban plantings, Metropolitian Tree Growers have the best cultivars, provenance selections and varieties for streetscape planting.
One of the key aspects of MTG is the skills and technical knowledge of its staff. This includes: an accurate understanding of street tree varieties and their attributes, knowledge of the needs of urban horticulture and urban forestry, specific knowledge of the international production techniques for municipal trees.
Goal: To produce trees purposely selected for the needs of the urban streetscape with root-conscious production, have appropriate high-quality canopy development, and be vigorously growing.
The seed we source for propagation comes from reputable seed merchants and organizations such as the CSIRO Seed Centre and Greening Australia. We also custom collect specific seed from locations such as the Mount Gambier Prison Seed Orchard, South Australia for Eucalyptus leucoxylon subsp. megalocarpa Elite. Part of our production relies on guaranteeing trees without the root deformities that can be caused by incorrect nursery practice. For this reason, we direct-sow all of the seedling-produced trees into Olive Pots treated with SpinOutŪ. We ensure that the extra seedlings that germinate in the tubes are clipped-off rather than pulled out. This will ensure that the root system of the remaining seedling is not damaged or deformed, by pulling out any other seedlings. We transplant from the Olive Pot when the root-mass is extensive enough to remain intact once removed from the Olive Pot and before there are any significant discernable roots. For cutting-grown plants, we strike into trays or plugs and then transplant carefully into Olive Pots. Most of the seedlings will be then transplanted into a 16 or 40 litre container and are generally 20-35cm tall.
We purchase quality bare root trees from reputable growers such as JFT, Flemings and PBM Nurseries. Stock is assessed for root defects on potting and remedial canopy pruning to remove major bifurcations and to develop a central dominant leader.
Our internal procedure for quality control is managed through close supervision of staff and written records for each individual production task; pruning, potting, picking-out and shipping. For example, we have a checklist that stock has been picked, prepared to metro standards, this is then signed by the individual nursery person, checked by the manager in charge and filed with the delivery docket for that particular order. In this way we have records to check when there has been a problem with a particular batch or process.
All stock will be true-to name. If we are supplying specific cultivars, these cultivar differences will be maintained by correct taxonomic labelling. We label each individual native transplant when sown with the seed batch number, botanical name and provenance. This tag is then transferred to the next potting stage and on delivery to our clients.
On spot visual inspections by our clients can be arranged within 2-3 hours notice for either our Docklands or Alphington Nurseries. If any of the trees are deemed to be unsatisfactory in any way and they have been shipped prior inspection, these trees will be collected free of charge to our client.
Please call (03) 9499 9913 for product pricing
|16 Litre SpinOut Squat|
|40 Litre SpinOut Squat|
|40 Litre SpinOut Squat Metropolitan Elite|
|50 Litre SpinOut Pot|
|75 Litre SpinOut Squat|
|95 Litre SpinOut Pot|
We do require a 20% deposit for contract growing.
Only applies beyond the specified delivery for the months Oct - March, due to the requirement of extra irrigation management, Nursery space rental and remedial pruning. @$3.85 Inc GST per tree per fortnight.
For that stock not delivered by the specified planting date or requested to be moved up in size for a particular project:
|16 to 40 Litre||@$15.00 Inc GST|
|40 to 50 Litre||@$25.00 Inc GST|
|40/50 to 95 Litre||@$65.00 Inc GST|
|40/50 to 95 Litre||@$65.00 Inc GST|
We are happy to source stock for our clients, although it is often difficult to ensure quality in every circumstance due to the wide industry variety of growing methods and management. We can offer to provide the service of sourcing on the understanding that we will do our utmost to provide comparable tree quality to our own and to the specifications requested by our clients. The area of sourcing is a very difficult process to get right every time.