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Andrea and Valentina Rossi using Vetiver in vineyards in Tuscany, Italy

Article by John Greenfield of the TVNI from New Zealand.

King of Thailand Vetiver Award for its success in grape production.

Brought to you by  The Vetiver System Handbook.  Vetiver System used for agriculture and other uses

Vetiver Spain and soil erosion control

Vetiver Grass is Used To Control Erosion

A 3 year old plant that has been cut back every 3 months, dried and then used as mulch, rabbit and horse feed which is high in nutrients.  Our rabbits love it.  Vetiver is widely used in the  Permaculture industry.

We have also discovered that we no longer have issues with mites in our chicken pen and no more ear mite problems with the rabbits.  It used to be are year round problem before adding dried Vetiver to the hay in the pens. 

There are many Agricultural Applications for Vetiver

                                Here are just a few examples

Vetiver is mainly used for controlling erosion as it traps sediment, slows down the flow of water, and allows you to channel the water to where you want it to go.   When placed in an inlet where springs or runoff water feeds another body of water it slows down the runoff while filtering the incoming water.   It also keeps the valuable top soil that is lost during heavy rain / water movement and keeps fertilizers and other contaminants from entering our precious ground water.

Since Vetiver roots are  3-4 metres deep they  absorb and also stores water it increases and maintains soil moisture.  In our experience along with others around the world we have discovered that we require less water than we used to prior to introducing Vetiver.  This also includes the addition of  250 avocado trees which consume a lot of water. 

We have had experience on our property as well as others that had steep inclines that have been cleared and terraced for additional crop production.  The Vetiver stops erosion on the newly created terraces and  also provides wind protection in the winter for the tender young avocado trees.   Out of 250 avocado trees we lost only one  from wind damage.

The Spanish Government in 2008 used Vetiver to stabilize farm roads with steep roadside slopes to stop rock slides and mud slides.  We have done the same numerous times with great results.

Vetiver actually repairs and protects land, gullies and areas with erosion and landslide potentials.

Vetiver benefits all types of crops through conserving the ground moisture and keeping the valuable top soil in place.  It also provides  more nutrients from its deep roots system for the various crops which results in better crop  growth and harvest yield.  Vetiver forms a symbiotic relationship with almost any plant and does not crowd the other plants or trees while helping the symbiotic plant. 

Vetiver is sterile and can be trimmed and used as a very nutritious mulch with the added benefit of being  an insect repellent.   See some of the articles on this page for additional information on increasing productivity.  

Vetiver also is beneficial in cleaning sewage, leachate fields left from mining activities, chemical spills, etc.

If you have any questions we are always here to answer them for you, send you photos of projects, trials that we are doing, etc.

For information on the ability of Vetiver to withstand cold temperatures click the link below.

Cold Tolerance of Vetiver

This information is provided by Agriflora Tropicals

Aguas Buenas Puerto Rico, USA

If you would like more in depth information on Vetiver provided by this company please clickhere to go to Agriflora Tropicals.

3 month old plants grown from single slips in Sayalonga, Spain.  They were shipped in from Italy 4 years ago.

Same plants as above on August  19, 2015 with a beautiful (Miracle Tree) Moringa tree in the foreground.

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The Vetiver System Handbook  by
Take a look at this handbook for a better understanding of the uses of Vetiver Grass.  There are many useful links to various handbooks and helpful articles on their website.

Below is an excellent example of a study on the ability of the Vetiver grass to withstand fires.  It is an incredibly vibrant grass.

Thanks to Paul Truong and Frank Mason for this information.  They are Veticon Consulting  in Australia and part of the TVNI team.   Paul is the Technical Director of TVNI.

An interesting article from Herb Cottage in Hallettsville, Texas on the many uses of Vetiver Grass.  Great reading.  Click here.

         A Division of Khus Viveros SL, Spain

Vetiver Grass is used to halt or control erosion and it is also used erosion control to increase crop production yields worldwide.

Hello Everyone and Happy 2019!
We live in Sayalonga which is in the Costa Del Sol area of Spain.  When we first moved to Spain our house was located on a mountainside with a lot of unusable land.  We hired a contractor with a mini digger to terrace the property which would give us far more useful land, but there was one problem.  We had very bad soil erosion in the first heavy rain so we started researching for plants with a good root structure. 

We discovered the Vetiver Grass system. 

Vetiver is also known as Chrysopogon Zizanioides.  Vetiver quickly solved our erosion problem so we kept planting more over the years.  Below  we have attached a number of links to show how this grass is helping in many parts of the world not only for soil erosion but also for purifying water systems, animal feed and much more.  There is a great selection of photos both on these links but also on the pages on our website.  If you have any questions please contact us at: or call us at:  34 692 288 657.

​​Below are some interesting and informative links to understand more about this unique grass.

Understanding the Vetiver Grass System

Vetiver Brazil

Different ways for growing and harvesting Vetiver.

Visit our Youtube page here, or see the links below:

​​Youtube of Vetiver roots excavation

Youtube of an animated version of the system

Youtube Planting and growing Vetiver grass

Youtube Sistema Vetiver

Youtube link of our gardener Paco Palaez planting a slip.

For hundreds of photos of Vetiver from around

the world please click here.

Links to more useful information:

Vetiver Grass Technical Specifications

Vetiver Conference in Columbia 2013 in Spanish and English where

there are many photos and articles.

Vetiver used as cattle feed.

Research on the uses of Vetiver to control "Leachate" problems from landfills and mining activities.  Many thanks to TVNI at for the information.

How to grow Vetiver for the essential oils from their roots for many different purposes in many different ways.  Clickhere for the PDF file from


This is only one link.  Credit goes to TVNI.  Click Ethiopia   This is only one of many links, too many articles, examples and YouTubes to list here.

For more information on increasing crop production, search here

Another great article by TVNI about crop yield increases using Vetiver.

Download the .PDF file Here.

Link to TVNI for information on cleansing contaminated land and water.

Spanish Trials using Vetiver near Lorca,

the Murcia Region of Spain.  See section 5.02 of the article.

USDA Vetiver Planting guide with thanks to Agriflora in Puerto Rico. 

Free PDF download in English or Spanish.

Also from Agriflora here is a link to an article about the

Cold Tolerance of Vetiver.

Here is an article from Farmer's Weekly in South Africa where Vetiver has been used for years.