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The Wollongong Nursery is devoted to the more unusual in the plant world, and carries an extensive range.
We are also a retail outlet for Air-Pot® propagation and propagation containers, as well as the new range of Air-Pot® bonsai training containers.

We use the Air-Pot system extensively ourselves and have these on display, both potted with plants and assembled and empty to handle.

‘Us’ is mostly me, Kristi Ellinopoullos, though The Wollongong Nursery is a business under our company Optimate Group Pty Ltd.

I’m the mad plant-nut pursuing a passion, and do all the plant-stuff and running of this site.
Hubby does all the equally important but behind-the-scenes man-stuff like building garden beds and whatever else needs to be made or fixed!

We also run The Jujube Tree Nursery, which is another excuse to pursue a passion as well as a deep interest in botany!
There, I write about the trees on this blog, as well as explore topics on horticulture, soil, microbiology and agricultural chemistry. That site is also the home of my passion-project online book From Soil to Fruit — this is where I really drill down into far more detailed science than a blog can cover.

Short Bio
Kristi Ellinopoullos
BSc(Hons), U.Syd. - double major in biochemistry and microbiology, with honours in microbiology
PhD, U.Syd - soil microbiology
Stumbled into IT and publishing of all things.
Discovered jujube trees and realised that perhaps I should have been an agronomist…
So I combined all the above passions and interests into plant-related websites and blogs, on which I write about plants, gardening, botany, soil chemistry, soil microbiology and biochemistry!