The premium quality you need
for premium plants!
After over 40 years in the industry and a worldwide quest for information, Gordon and Keith have developed a hand made premium growing mix which ensures the highest quality plants every time.
With all ingredients personally measured, this recipe for quality soil is what makes our plants stand apart from the rest and ensures you are getting the best plants money can buy.
As a production nursery, where we grow our plants in climate controlled glasshouses, which are heated in winter and cooled in summer, we choose plants that are tried and proven for our climate, remembering that a lot of varieties are found growing in nature in our forests and rainforests. In the 1970s the varieties of indoor plants available were Begonias such as Cleopatra and Rex, Devils Ivy on totem poles, Ferns like Maiden hair and Boston fern, Ficus creeping fig, Ficus Lyrata, Philodendron Selloum, Schefflera Umbrella trees and many more varieties. Some varieties not indigenous to our area are imported from other countries like Ecuador, Brazil, El Salvador, Indonesia, the Phillipines, New Guinea and many other countries, these are usually imported by enthusiasts requiring an import permit.
As not all varieties do well in glasshouses, we trial grow them to see which are suitable, as some prefer a shade house environment rather than a glasshouse. Good light, adequate water and good air circulation are most important, as is cleanliness of the growing areas.
The popularity of indoor plants varies with time, certain varieties being in high demand at a particular time. In the 42 years as a grower we have seen many varieties making a resurgence, like the Aeschynanthus Lipstick plant, Aphelandra Zebra Plant, Ficus Lyrata, Monstera Adansonii, Begonia Rex, Epipremnum Devils Ivy to name a few.
About 90% of our production of indoor plants is grown in house from either division or, leaf or stem cutting. These remain in glasshouses equipped with misting systems, coolers (and heating in the winter months) for an average of 4 to 6 months in trays, depending on the time of year, before we pot then into either 140mm or 175mm pots. Normally we grow them on for another 6 months before they are mature enough to be sold to the retail outlets. On average, from cutting to mature plant the journey could take 12 to 15 months. Some varieties grown from tissue culture like the Aglaonema varieties, Spathiphyllum Madonna Lily, Ficus Lyrata Fiddle Leaf Fig etc are sourced from Queensland, as well as are ferns grown from spore propagation like the adiantum maiden hair fern, Davallia Hares foot fern, Holly fern etc.
We also grow cymbidium orchids, where Gordon has devoted a lifetime (66 years) hybridising these. This is one crop that requires patience as it takes a minimum of 6 years from seed to flower, but 7 years is more the norm. Some cymbidiums showing excellent results as far as growth and flowering habit, are tissue cultured, and every plant is a replica of its parent. These also take about 6 to 7 years to flower.